Is the world finally ready to accept hats again as part of everyday apparel? I should clarify, I am referring to hats in the formal sense—not weather-related wares, such as sunhats for the beach, or beanies for the cold. (Nor do I mean beanies for confusing non-weather related purposes.) Rather, statement hats worn to punctuate an ensemble, instead of masking a bad hair day.
Once an essential accessory for men and women alike, hats seemed to fall out of favor after the 1960s. But that seems to have changed in recent years, thanks in part to a renewed interest in the British Royal family, the younger female members of which are keeping up with the tradition of donning custom millinery for major events.
Though they occasionally pop up on couture and ready-to-wear runways, Fall 2017 stood out as the hattiest season in recent memory. For the kooky, there were Miu Miu’s furry poufs. For the avant-garde, there were Rick Owens’ dystopian crowns. Loewe had the much discussed toast hat, Ann Demeulemeester had ethereal lace confections, Jacquemus presented matador hats, and Marc Jacobs had updated versions of the cloche, among other styles.