What’s on top? A hat. Which one? The answer will tell a lot about the wearer.
A hat to respect The Etiquette, to protect, to complete a uniform or simply to affirm a style. Hats have many functions and therefore many looks. But what remains is that head dressing is a language, i.e., a hat is a code to state, to assert, to converse or to shut up.
Think of a cook, a postman or a fireman, each one of them have their hat that
says: “this is my job”. To most of us it is nowadays a personal style that ends
a look, the final dot of a daily outfit.
If the grace is in the shoes and the good taste is in the bag, the drama is in the hat.
To choose a hat is like to choose a role to become the centre of attention. Needless to say that you might better get to know some vocab before keeping your hat on and follow Joe Cocker’s lyrics.
Now is a good season to experience, you might be a multifaceted kind of
person or a single one: “ never out without my fedora” or following the current
boyish trend that screams TRADITION you might whisper “ a coppola only”.
Blooming you can; even in winter with some hatty headbands that look edgy when added on top of a leopard colourful ensemble.
If the array of fabrics, cuts and style is wide, the craftsmanship behind this accessory is very inspiring. A proper know-how that requires time, passion and talent. Milliners are few and their names known worldwide. Millinery represents the bridge between art and craft.
Stephen Jones, PhilipTreacy are the ones that cover celebrities but not only.
In their Aladdin cave they welcome you to discuss, have a tea and help you to
realize what you want. Very Couture, the story does not end with the newly
acquired hat in its box. A hat has the lifetime you are willing to give it.
When I take a look at the first hat I bought, a black fedora, it reminds me of
many moments; sad and happy, rainy and sunny, windy and breezy. It definitely
has the shape of my head and could not suit anybody else. It is worn and used
but stands out.
Have you decided to be a comedian or a woman/ a man of one hat? In any case head on to a milliner’s workroom and discover a whole new world.
On this note, I raise my fedora.
Text by Delphine Hervieu.