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.