15/01/2009

hussein's hats

As soon as the word 'hat' appears in conversation i always have the same flashback to when i was 8 and bought a beige cord baker-boy hat which i wore (not kidding), with a purple sparkly top with draped sleeves and a denim skirt *shudder*. And since then i've been a little afraid of embracing hats of any sort. I love the androgynous look of a chic bowler pieced with simple layers such as a sheer blouse and leggings, but i only ever love it on other people, but never myself.

So when i was flicking through the catwalk supplement supplied with Febuary's Vogue (don't you just love them? They are perfect aid for shopping selectively for the season) i was rather surprised when i found myself intrigued about a luminous yellow headpeice by Hussein Chalayan (are you proud i'm getting over my colour phobia?!).

Hussein is a designer that has impressed me for two seasons (as it was during my infactuation of black-on-black dressing, and A/W 08 was quite simply my style rolled into one), and these hats really are something quite special to look at. His "car crash" theme (latex cocktail dresses that seemed to be "frozen in aerodynamic motion", models walking on revolving plate etc, etc) carried through to the hats. I imagine they are meant to be puffs of coloured exhaust fumes, almost photographically caught whilst suspended in air and re-created through hatwear. Anyway, they are simply beautiful, and so cleverly engineered that they almost look like delicate origami sculptures. Can you not see the white one worn at a wedding by a fashionable bride?


pictures, style.com

27 comments:

*Deline said...

One of my friends is getting married this summer, I already have THE dress but I really want a hat... *sigh*

Antonia said...

of course!
liveglamordie.blogspot.com

LIVE GLAM OR DIE.

i'll add you to my faves!

E said...

I like that yellow one. I looks like tissue paper topping off a present.

Emily Anne said...

you're so right! It would go perfectly with an up-town bride. Great post :)

Oh btw I added you to my list. I don't think I ever got back to you about that?!

xx

♥ fashion chalet said...

Last night was just me, clean sheets and a year in fashion to read =] SSB's rock! x

how did you like the SATC film?? -- and thanks for the comment on my very Carrie outfit. HAHA I had fun anyway even if some didn't like it..

xx

this wheel's on fire said...

i'm going to quote tim gunn: "that's a lotta look!" :)

zoƫ said...

those are breathtaking.
my favourite is the yellow, i think.
very hard to decide though, they're all lovely.

he's brilliant, my god !

Trish said...

WHOAW, those hats are the shiiiz. ;)

bare.peppermint.fashions said...

these are definitely different. but i like that white one. i could see a fashionable bride wearing it.

Eelie said...

These hats are so awesome. If they were made in a lower scale i'd be all for prancing down the street in them. As it stands they're a bit too large. What do you think? I agree though Hussein is a designer to look out for. Alot of his designs are really unexpected (just like these hats)!

LoveMore said...

oh too bad delta didn't last long there! she is lovely.

and i love this hats post! i like how each one is so unique.

thanks for the link too! :) xx LM

dapper kid said...

The shapes are absolutely stunning!! In think a lot of people shy away from hats because it is quite an art to find hats that suit your head/face shape, but I think the hunt for the perfect hat is definitely worth it!

Fashion Tidbits said...

i just wish i had a party to wear those hats too

Couture Carrie said...

Love these fanciful toppers~

xoxox,
CC

giggleness said...

woaaah. those hats are amazing.
xx

giggleness said...

woaaah. those hats are amazing.
xx

fashionista said...

Amaaazing hats! Wow.

As for the bleached vest, it's very simple- I used Kirstie Lee's tutorial here: http://www.thatsjustmyvibe.com/2008/08/bleached-jeans-how-to.html

but I found that I kept having to add a lot of bleach to even have it show up- mine didn't look like hers did after 5 minutes, but I'm happy with the result :)

Demi said...

thank you :)
ooh coool hats!!
oh and i've had several fashion mishaps in the past too honey!
xx

molly said...

ooh i LOVE how dramatic those are

i do love lil wayne, not sure if hes the kind of man i admire though!

Fashion Carnival said...

oh but these hats are marvelous!

Stephanie said...

they are beautifulllll!

Margherita. said...

Those are pretty awesome!

Ana said...

wow theyre amazing.

myra said...

I'd like to get that hat for daily parade if I could.

yiqin; said...

I like them! I need to find a nice hat that suits me!

Cate said...

Funny. I love bowler hats, or fedoras, but somehow they never seem to look good on me. And haha, I love how you wrote about that outfit you used to wear when you were 8. I love these kinds of "reflections". :D
Catwalk supplement? Is that something like a little extra magazine with photos from the shows or something?
Oh yes, I can definitely picture an eccentric bride wearing the white hats...
Kisses,
Cate

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