Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Top Hats

Recently I listened to the Honorable Daphne Guinness and Milliner Philip Treacy talk about hats and their presence in our life. Both in the history of fashion and our present day hat stylings. It was time well spent. Obviously it was a treat for the eyes just to look at the one and only Daphne in all her ethereal and adorned glory. I'm a huge fan. More about her later. One thing that Mr Treacy said that stood out was that hats used to be a symbol of conforming, while today they often represent a sign of rebellion. What a curious thought! Inspired the next week, I decided to go on a bit of a hat investigation of my own. I found to my delight that hats are indeed everywhere. Of course there is the ubiquitous sports cap. They seem to be accepted as part of the norm in casual attire. Lots of fedora hats, white, tan, grey and embellished with ribbon, feathers too. Many worn titled to the side. Nice. But I was looking for a bon fide hat.While I didn't find any Audrey Hepburn-esque headpieces, at least not that week, (one does live in hope), it was fun, to go hat scouting, well my kind of fun anyway. And more importantly it did confirm my need to venture off to Mayfair, London in search of the perfect Top Hat. To be continued....

You can listen to Daphne Guinness and Philip Treacy talk about hats here

Teaser photo Attribution:By lokarta