Between the Kentucky Derby, the Met Ball and the Central Park Conservancy’s “Hat Luncheon” last week, it seems NYC is in the midst of a millinery moment. There's something about a hat that evokes mystery, elegance and feelings of nostalgia. I love vintage photographs of women traveling by train, carrying intricate hat boxes filled sartorial surprises.
"Wearing a hat is like having a baby or a puppy; everyone stops to coo and talk about it." — Louise Green
Louise was on to something. At a recent fashion shoot I produced at Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, the crew was oohing and ahhing with delight as the stylist unpacked some insanely beautiful Philip Treacy headwear shipped straight from London. They’re spectacular examples of the care and craft required to make some of the most exquisite hats in the world.
Whether you opt for baseball, bike helmet, cowboy or couture, I’ve rounded up a few of my most fashionable friends to weigh in with their top picks for spring. So…now you have no excuse to not hop on the hat bandwagon.
Matt Dunne, Founder of OAK73
“A 1920's retro shape made modern with the ease of straw. Wear this feminine cloche to a picnic in the park, Sunday brunch or a day at the beach.”
Lynne Bredfeldt, Director of Public Relations for Park Hyatt New York
“This spring, I am loving anything Maison Michel. Although it seems counter-intuitive to wear black when the sun is blazing, it's New York and this summer, black is the new black.”
Alyse Archer-Coite, Editor-in-Chief of Maker Magazine
“This hat is inherently mystical. The name is derived from Alejandro Jodorowsky's film, El Topo, a visually stunning film from the 70s that basically sends you into an LSD-esque trance from the opening scene.”
Alex Geisler, Fashion Editor at Niche Media
"Eugenia Kim is fashion's ultimate milliner. Her toppers are always classic with a touch of modern chic. Toss this one on with a pair of standout summer mules and whisk me away to St. Barths!"
Allison Beale, Marketing Director at Journelle
“Key to a brilliant hat: quality brim, tasteful feather and attitude (otherwise known as ‘hat-itude’).”