Scarf of the moment: Plumes en Fête

In the Autumn of 2019, I had firmly decided that my small Hermès scarf collection was complete. As I am now in my 60s, I am very ill with multiple chronic conditions, I hardly ever leave the house so rarely get an opportunity to “dress up”, and storage space is getting very cramped 👈 there are probably loads more reasons why I shouldn’t purchase any more scarves! But the new season’s offer started to appear and I began to slide down the slippery orange slope once again…

So, let me introduce you to my purchase for the Spring/Summer 2020 season:

Plumes en Fête by Aline Honoré for Hermès

Plumes en Fête, colourway #09, product code H003433S 09, designed by Aline Honoré.


On opening the iconic orange box and gently taking out the scarf, a swirl of beautiful feathers sweeps into view. They have a sense of movement around a central empty space, as if the wind has caught them in an eddy. With the scarf laid out flat, the feathers appear to begin from the top right and bottom left-hand corners, with a clockwise motion. Even the corners of the scarf are filled. There is no border to the scarf which also has a lovely contrast hem. The whole scarf is a study in pattern and movement. Each feather is drawn in amazing realistic detail with beautiful markings and use of colour.

I chose the colourway #09 because I love blues and, yes, there are many shades of that colour in this masterpiece. There is also a vivid green, turquoise, white, a subtle purple and pale orange. The contrast hem is another shade of purple. Some of the other versions of the scarf have more variety in their colours, others are more like the shades available in nature, some are vivid and fun, and others are subtle or pastel. I think that there is a colourway for almost everyone!


The colourway for my scarf is #09: Bleu Cobalt/Turquoise/Vert. These are all of the versions offered for the silk twill, 90cm, Spring/Summer 2020 season. If you click on any of the images, you will be able to see a larger picture with the Hermès purchasing code.

The cashmere/silk 140cm shawl colourways for Autumn/Winter 2020 can now be seen. Once again you can click on any of the images to see a larger picture with the Hermès purchasing code.

Design story


Here are some close-ups of my scarf in a slideshow format:

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How I wear the scarf

At the time of writing this post (beginning of January 2020), I haven’t yet worn the scarf with any of my outfits, so have been unable to make my usual “Outfit of the Day” collages. When I do wear this gorgeous scarf, it will be with cobalt, navy blue and also with white. I might also see what it looks like with other shades of blue. I would be interested to know if readers of the blog would try it with other colours. There is a lovely shade of bright green in the scarf, but I don’t have clothing in that colour.

When I can make some collages, they will be added here.

Scarf ties

I have taken some quick photos of possible scarf ties. In truth, there really are endless ways of using this scarf to show its beautiful features. I think that the waterfall knot looks particularly amazing, although it’s not very practical for daily life!

Plumes en Fête – scarf ties

1) Top row L to R: simple bias fold, cowl knot, cowboy cowl knot.
2) Middle row L to R: waterfall knot, simple tie, edo knot.
3) Bottom row L to R: criss-cross knot, asymmetric wrap, half-bow knot.
Many of these scarf ties were made using a MaiTai mother-of-pearl scarf ring.

Background information

I tried to find some information about the designer of the scarf, Aline Honoré, but was unable to track down very much worth linking to here. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I would be very grateful.

First, a video featuring Plumes en Fête:

HSCI Hermes Scarf Catalogue
Aline Honoré
Some of the wonderful scarves designed by the artist.

I though that I would include a detailed article about feathers…

Comprehensive article with links and references.

I hope readers have found this exploration of Plumes en Fête both interesting and useful. Once again, if you find any errors or have any additional information that I could add, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,



About The Librain

Retired School Librarian
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6 Responses to Scarf of the moment: Plumes en Fête

  1. Kcjoehermesballet says:

    Hello Anne,

    Happy New Year to you. Thank you for your informative post on your gorgeous Plumes en Fête and congratulations on this new acquisition to your very lovely scarf collection. In addition to the colors you mention, I could see myself wearing it with lavender/lilac, light or minty green, pale blue and turquoise. Even certain shades of purple.


    • The Librain says:

      Thank you for your ideas. I haven’t worn it much yet, but it really is so gorgeous! Also, thanks for your comment about my Scarf of the Moment post. I really enjoy writing them. Best wishes, Anne x


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  3. Claire says:

    Thank you for such an informative post and adding so many lovely photos of your scarf. It’s beautiful to see but also very helpful when deciding on my own purchase! Especially providing images of the colour way options. Enjoy your new scarf!


    • The Librain says:

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. It’s nice to be appreciated. I love writing these posts and I am glad that they are helpful. If you buy one of these scarves, I am sure that you will love it.
      Best wishes,


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