It’s hard to believe, with all those fedoras and turbans out on the streets, that just a few years ago hats were seen as pretty passé. It hasn’t taken long for hats to filter from the catwalks to the sidewalks, but when Grazia’s Paula Reed hears the news that some of the most important New York Fashion Week A/W’12 runways will all be topped off with magnificent hats – and that they’re all set to be created by none other than our home-grown millinery master, Stephen Jones - then you know that headgear has really arrived, and it means business. By the sounds of it, in six months’ time, no outfit could be complete without one!
We’re not shocked to find that designers like Victoria Beckham, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs and L’Wren Scott have been influenced by Jones and are snapping up his skills, with his exhibition, Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones, currently on at the Bard Graduate Centre in Manhattan (after a kick-off stint at London’s V&A). And of course, with Kate Middleton as our head girl of hat-wearing and recently crowned with the official title of ‘Hat Personality of the Year’, her popularity across the pond will no doubt have led a lot of people to Jones and his fellow Brit milliner, Philip Treacy.
Talking of whom, it’s been a good week for Mr Treacy, too. We've heard he'll be kitting out Prabal Gurung's New York catwalk with his designs, and there's no forgetting that his gladiatorial creation for Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci’s stage costumes for Madonna’s mighty performance at the Super Bowl last weekend has been an online phenomenon.
What Jones has designed is still heavily under wraps with NYFW only kicking off today, but we’ll be sure to unveil them as soon as we know. Or we’ll eat our hats. Cheap excuse for a pun, but you can’t blame us…