Wednesday, January 30, 2019

HATS OFF TO FALL 2019

Finally its time to grow up and put your big boy pants on. At least that is what the menswear designer fall 2019 shows told us to do. In these uncertain economical and political times, it might be better to present a more professional demeanor by wearing a suit and tie and of course a hat!
After many seasons of "tacky trackies" it was refreshing to see a shift from street wear to tailoring.
From Celine to Prada, power dressing was Cock Of The Walk.


There was a definite 1970/1990 vibe with pants from flares to turn-ups, belted leather jackets and duster coats. I liked Silmane's description of the look, "PERVERSE POSHNESS" which translates to "wanting to look posh but also not really caring".



So lets talk about the hats. Although the hats that were used at the shows where......how should I say this.......Simply Weird; I do believe that the tailored trend will indeed be good for hats. Designer shows are merchandised to be attention grabbers, borderline controversial. A finely made wool felt hat might not get attention but cut a few holes in it and now we're talking.



LOUIS VUITTON SAFARI HAT WITH CUT OUT HOLES

RAF SIMONS HELMET HATS
Raf Simons helmet hats look like a helmet I recently saw at the British museum. It originally had cheek pieces and long leather chin-straps. There is so little originality in fashion, no matter how hard we try.

Bronze Roman helmet from the Punic wars circa 220-170 BC
JIL SANDER BUCKETS HAT
Jil Sander went for very deep bucket hats. This is a cool look until you bump into a lamppost or walk in front of a speeding car.

Off the runway, it looks like men are reclaiming the BERET. Classic black or grey military style berets with a leather jacket and turtleneck. N.B. berets are not designed to keep your ears warm during the current polar vortex.




Hats it folks!

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