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Printed scarves may not be go-to accessories in the tropics, but a group of home-grown retailers are poised to turn the old-school multitasker into a style staple here. By May Yip

IT could be worn as a halter, neckerchief or turban; never goes out of style; and transforms a humdrum ensemble into some semblance of Parisian chic. But the humble silk scarf has never enjoyed It accessory status on our sunny shores, save for a few society types who sport a different Hermes Carre at every lunchtime soiree.

The fact is, local style mavens have been more accustomed to baring skin rather than wrapping up. But as celebrities ranging from the late L'Wren Scott to street style-star Olivia Palermo adopted the iconic scarf as their sartorial calling cards, even during the summer months, fashionistas here also warmed up to the elegant eye candy. And a new wave of homegrown retailers are...

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