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The new Autumn/Winter MELT collection dazzles the world of accessories, shooting straight to the top of the range. The semi-garment is reinvented: it is much more than an addition and becomes almost a garment in its own right. It is a hybrid, happily playing with convention, melding whimsy with simplicity and merrily flaunting its uniqueness. © Photos: StudioPaps

Melt as in to dissolve, to brew, to infuse together. With a common thread, MELT scarves pull together outfits that otherwise appear fragmented. To wear a MELT scarf is to tell a story, to rewrite the beginning or to reinvent the ending, to start everything over again. With each scarf, the colours seem to collide and harmonise even better, checks unfold towards fade-out, stripes make fun of their individuality. Wear it this way, tie it that way, it is never the same. Nothing changes … and yet everything has changed.
Stripes play a starring role this winter. They might be thin and regular or tonal and wider, but their genius always shines. Take a closer look and the subtleties are revealed. Some stripes emerge from the sophisticated weaving, or from optical effects created by inverted chevrons. Others consist of tiny juxtaposed stitches or a plain weave of finely ribbed twill. When these aspects interweave, there are large checks of black and white, over-sized gingham or modern tartan. Alongside the redesigned aesthetic of these motifs is a complex jacquard giving the impression of exotic mosaics. Wear these elegant shawls of yak hair and wool with aplomb to create a look of quasi-monastic simplicity.
Here and there, MELT’s signature fringes remain. On a classic shawl, the fringing provides an asymmetrical look with theatrical tie-dye luxury. At the ends of a large striped scarf, they deliberately follow on as though nothing could stop them. Set right in the very middle of a scarf, they give it definition and sensuality, or planted in the middle of a camelhair scarf, they form a crest-like fringe.
Yak hair, wool, linen, camel hair, cashmere and silk … these sumptuously soft natural fabrics are enhanced by subtle artisanal weaving. Colours are either muted or strong but never look cold. Their very names conjure up a smile or a dream: Frozen, Blue Moon, Stormy Weather, Ashes to Ashes, Oohlala, Femme Fatale, Cry Me a River, Because the Night… The colours speak volumes and together make up an exquisite palette.
MELT scarves enfold, embrace, envelop. And more, they adorn, clothe and attire. They leave all else behind and define their own territory. We see only the scarf – and so much the better.

c’est joli c’est beau

To wear a MELT scarf is to tell a story, to rewrite the beginning or to reinvent the ending, to start everything over again.

MELT scarves enfold, embrace, envelop. And more, they adorn, clothe and attire. They leave all else behind and define their own territory. We see only the scarf – and so much the better.