Hermès creative director Pierre-Alexis Dumas began Hermès Éditeur as an homage to his grandfather who started the brand's scarf business in 1937. To honor his grandfather's passion for the design and craftsmanship of the accessory, Dumas employs prominent artists to design special edition silk scarves, the most recent set of which is by Julio Le Parc. What started out as six scarves by Josef Albers has grown into an extensive archive whose works now include those by Daniel Buren and Hiroshi Sugimoto alongside Albers'.

The Argentina-born, France-based Le Parc is a prominent figure in optic art, and has conducted extensive academic and artistic research of color since the 1960s. By experimenting with the permutations of the 14 colors of the prism, the artist seeks to "create art of exactitude rather than something reflecting [his] creative personality." That, coupled with Le Parc's fascination with geometry and optical illusion, results in art that generates a visual and physical relationship with its beholder.

For Hermès Éditeur, Le Parc transposed his "La Longue Marche" (1974-1975) artworks onto the luxury label's silk scarves, collectively named "Variations on The Long March." There are precisely 60 such variations in the set for Hermès; 10 design series, each in six color combinations. Trippy rainbow squiggles, circles, braids and other curvilinear patterns appear on boldly contrasting monotone backgrounds of red, orange, yellow, green and blue. What's more interesting is Le Parc's treatment of black and white: he respects the more subdued, potentially unnoticeable hues by dedicating half the collection to them. His "La Longue Marche" scarf variations -- which are simultaneously saturated, contrasting and subtle -- truly prove the power and endless possibility of color.

The only pickle I find myself in is with the price of these scarves, which go for a cool €7,000 or approximately $7,900, a piece; less like art scarves, just art. If that doesn't sound feasible, which definitely is not for me nor my rich and cool counterpart of my imaginations, there is a compilation book you can purchase for a more feasible-sounding €35 or $40.

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