giovedì 12 giugno 2008

Mad Hats

I like hats, but I'm a bit too shy to wear them except for a plain one, on cold Winter days. I usually don't mind if people look at me in a strange way because of what I'm wearing - I'm sorry if something sounds too crazy to them - but with hats things are a little different. The fact is, apart from beanies and classic hats, I like alot those colored, eccentric, bold ones I know for sure I'll never have a chance to wear here. During these years I have bought some vintage fascinators, but I never wore them in public...
Sometimes I would like to live in England or at least I would like to attend an event in England just to wear a crazy hat!

This is probably why I liked Sarah Jessica Parker wearing the Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen hat during the Sex & The City movie premiere in London. Too obvious maybe, but as I'm not SJP (and she can do everything she wants in terms of fashion...), I think "where, if not in England?!".


I can only dream looking at the pictures of that legend that Isabella Blow was and will be.


And I'm always amazed even when Queen Elizabeth II appears on tv or magazines wearing a new hat!




Without reaching these levels, when I feel brave and style conscious, I think I could give a try to something more affordable (in every sense of the word!).
I discovered only recently (through ASOS, where some of their pieces are available) the nice creations of Chapeau Claudette, a London based designer who handmakes hats with the concept "Everyone has an unique face, so every face deserves an unique hat!".







My favorites, the floppy hat and the "UFO", available in a large range of colors



You can purchase them online, directly from the website or if you happen to be in London you can visit the boutique or the Chapeau Claudette corner on the ground floor of the Oxford Circus Topshop, where you can even ask for a customized hat, mini hat or fascinator.

20 commenti:

Sharon Rose ha detto...

Wow, this London boutiques hats are stunning-so very stylish and lovely!!

MHBass ha detto...

i really love the fact that you've included the queen as a style icon! it just proves that inspiration can be found everywhere :)

The Clothes Horse ha detto...

I adore hats, especially vintage ones. Those last ones are really lovely thuogh.

AlicePleasance ha detto...

@ mhbass: I agree; regarding the Queen, people can discuss her taste but she likes to play with colors and styles. I like her "bravery"
:-)

design for mankind. ha detto...

I LOOOOOOOOOOVE them! :)

yiqin; ha detto...

I don't even dare to wear my beret out sometimes! & I like how the Queen matches her hats to the color of what she is wearing!

softspoken ha detto...

the last set of hats are so so great!

Kira Fashion ha detto...

you are right, wear hats is not easy...
you really have to know how to match everything :)

a kiss!

Terren ha detto...

this is the first hat post i've seen so far, and i'm SO glad i found it! loving your blog...keep up the interesting posts!

i want to link you, do you mind?

Terren ha detto...

p.s. where in italy do you live? i studied abroad in siena! :D

Wendy ha detto...

I'm also a bit shy about hats, I like simple ones since I don't think I'm a hat person. And I've also toyed with the idea of vintage fascinators.

Lil' Puch ha detto...

Oh girl! I'm pooring a couple of tears!! I love hats so much but in latin american culture hats are not an every day accesory. Love the pics you got for this post.

Diana ha detto...

Nice. I took a milinery class last summer and my hat was in the student fashion show recently. Check out my blog for a picture of it. The picture is kind of blurry though.

Jello on Springs ha detto...

ooh these are all lovely
but :sigh: like you I also shy away from hats. If only I was braver.

discothequechic ha detto...

I think it's a wee bit of misconception that people in England wear outrageous hats all the time i'm afraid!

Though they are common amongst people at Ascot, royal weddings and all indeed all mothers of the bride and groom at weddings (put these are often in not so nice shades of pastel!)

I do love designs by Phillip Tracey and of course Stephen Jones is fantastic.

AlicePleasance ha detto...

@ terren: I live in center of Italy, Marche region :-)

@ discotequechic: I know it's a sterotype, of course I don't expect to see English women wearing outrageous hats in their everyday life! By the way women here don't usually wear hats even at a wedding or ceremonies... :-(

Danz ha detto...

I remember seeing those hats on Asos and thinking how adorable they were!

Meg ha detto...

The queen is on your list! Right on! I've only just become quite comfortable with wearing hats and headpieces, and these are lovely, I adore the third one from the bottom! The green velvet bow just gives it an air of prim missishness I love.

Sam ha detto...

i love these hats! esp. the last ones.

annah ha detto...

ohhh, i love the 3rd Chapeau claudette hat!