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Hats Off: New York City is in the Midst of a Millinery Moment

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.

Related: Elisabeth Koch on How She Got to Be Vogue China’s Go-To Milliner