Although I'm constantly trying to avoid fashion moments that surround us 24/7, I somehow always end up writing about something 'at the moment', and this blog starts looking like some of those 'current affair' analysis blogs, fashion edition of course.
But one current affair I simply cannot pass on is the hat that's making everyone smile right now - also known as the 'hat with the twitter account', it's the Vivienne Westwood 'Buffalo' hat that the chic-till-you-drop music star Pharrell premiered at the 2014 Grammy's. After that ferocious fashion statement moment (when the only thing I could think about were the Royal Canadian policemen), he wore it on many occasions - within his sartorial, red carpet and stage editions. Still, that moment at the Grammy's will for sure be remembered for a long time - and the fact that it made many people smile (which I consider one of fashion's ultimate objectives), made me want to know what stands behind this historically rich item.
The ultimate queen of punk, lady Westwood created this specific millinery for her then-lover, artist & musician Malcolm McLaren - as a custom piece for his dead-on 80's music video. Conveniently called 'Buffalo hat', it was featured in her A/W 1982 collection - and back then, it was quite a statement. It was created for McLaren and Westwood's collaborative shop named World's End, a truly unique shopping destination which is still opened in London.
Pharrell was well aware of this moment, so his take on the hat was not quite a shocker for himself, as he was ready to explain where it came from, when he got it, and how he came to this particular idea. He took the joke of his oversized hat so far (and in the best way possible) that you can even bid on his particular hat (the one he wore at the Grammy's) for a very good cause.
Not that anyone can even come close to the current talk of the town created by this humorous celebrity hat, but some of the runway choices shown during the Autumn/Winter 2014 shows were quite humorous, though definitely more street-friendly.
E Tautz played with the idea of lavishly layered gentlemen topped off with those gangster like fedoras, while Junya Watanabe caught my eye with his fashionable interpretation of a modern day Charlie Chaplin, one that's being shown in full technicolour. Umit Benan went full on 40's both with the wider brim and the high waists, but another London show used the headwear part most smartly.
Walter Van Beirendonck, who I consider the male counterpart of Vivienne Westwood, created a colourful plethora of Brodie hats that felt like a perfectly moldable twinset of ideas based on war and peace. It was immaculately smart and playful in the same time, without pushing it too far. Bravados were heading his way.
|Toy-boys: Walter Van Beirendonck's models were the happiest army out there, marching out in the name of love (and fashion)|
Although I ordered this Asos wool-blend hat few weeks before the Pharrell swagged his around the red carpet, I wasn't aware of how wide its brim was - and how much of a statement it is. And although I bought it on the ladies' part of my favourite online destination, I didn't want to believe it's going to seem that feminine on my had. And in the end, it really isn't creating that floppy dramatic Cannes riva moment which I'd definitely loathe on my own head, it's humorously on the border of being extremely retro-like, and by that 40's style extremely masculine, and being that winter version of a boho-hat, which defines the femininity of the 70's.
I decided to introduce that play of feminine-masculine into the rest of my outfit, with my wide-legged Matija Čop trousers, and my old creepers while giving this classic pea coat play the role of a gender bender.