1. Carré 90 Bonnes Vibrations in silk twill
Designed by one of Hermès' prized fashion illustrators Pierre Marie, the French artist fuses physics with enigmatic op art. Train your eyes on the whirldwind psychedelia and you might just be able to glean German physicist Ernst Chladni's 18th century 'acoustic figures'.
2. Carré 70 Bain de Mer in vintage silk
The coupling of a quaint beachside portrait printed on vintage silk makes this one quite the score. Conceived by artist Jean-Louis Clerc in the '50s, it's as good as dipping into the storied house's archives for a piece of past century Hermès — definitely worth more than its dollar value.
3. Carré Géant 140 Interférences D'Antonio Asis in twill plume
Argentine painter Antonio Asis — a guest artist to the house this SS16 — blurs boundaries with his signature overlapping swirls and circles. Reminiscent of one of op art's founding artist Bridget Riley's work, investing in this striking scarf is the sartorial equivalent of a collector's prints.
4. Châle Panthera Pardus in cashmere and silk
Animal artist Robert Dallet was quite the intrepid spirit. Dedicating his time to expeditions for the purpose of observing his muses in the wild, this shawl from Hermès features one of Dallet's prized paintings: The grace and sleek curves of an Indochinese leopard in its full glory.
5. Carré 90 Modernisme Tropical in silk twill
Offering a bird's eye view of Brazil's beautiful captial Brasília, fashion illustrator Filipe Jardim portrays his home country in an abstract composition led by bold strokes. The greenery of the Amazon intermingles with the concrete jungle, most prominently represented by the fluid lines of architects belonging to the Paulista school.
Shop the scarves from the spring/summer 2016 collection in Hermès boutiques.