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August 22 2014

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Waris Ahluwalia, Wrap Star

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Waris Ahluwalia is gearing up for his New York fashion week debut, and visitors to his House of Waris presentation will see not only his jewelry, but a new offering, too: scarves. Ten styles of scarf, embroidered, tie-dyed, batiked, silk-screened, and block-printed, will make up the House’s first foray into knit accessories. (Technically, it is his second side project—the first being tea.)

“It seemed natural,” Ahluwalia told us of the progression from jewels to silk, silk-cashmere, and cashmere scarves. “I love scarves and I’ve worn scarves for a long time. In my head, it’s the same as the jewelry. It’s something that you use to adorn yourself, to protect yourself.” Like the jewelry, the scarves are made by craftsmen in India—a process that takes place all over the subcontinent, the designer notes—and are crafted from the finest (and often, priciest) materials.

But before the full range debuts in stores this Fall, a determined few (make that very few) will be able to get their hands on one early. A limited run of an oversized cashmere shawl (a “scarf-slash-blanket,” Ahluwalia jokes) in 100 percent pashmina, embroidered with the bird, Roma, from House of Waris’ Omnia Vincit Amor collection, is now available at Barneys locations in New York and Beverly Hills and at Colette. Your exclusive first look is above, modeled abed by Camilla Deterre and shot by…Waris Ahluwalia. “For the longest time I wanted to find a photographer to shoot it, and it just never happened. I ended up shooting it. I’m trying not to do too much—it’s good to bring other people in,” he says with a laugh, “but I can’t help it.”

House of Waris Roma shawl, $1,295, is available now at Barneys New York, www.barneys.com, and Colette, www.colette.fr.

Photo: Waris Ahluwalia

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