Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Where to Wear Your Balenciaga Bowler Hat?
I know this is has been the burning question for all of us the past few weeks. Every fashion bible under the sun has hailed Nicholas Ghesquiere’s latest collection for Balenciaga as the best thing since Coco Chanel did tweed. So obviously we are going to get every piece he put on the runway, right? The most striking piece of the collection was no doubt the bowler hat. Already seen on Kate Hudson in Vogue and Lindsay Lohan in Harper’s Bazaar, this is a trend you won’t want to miss. Just heed our few tips below, since this look may not be for everyone…
1. At the movies
-There’s nothing worse than having a really tall man sit right in front of you while his teensy weensy girlfriend sits in front of the huge man next to you. Get revenge by wearing this chic accessory to the theater. It also acts as a fantastic helmet from any popcorn thrown your way.
2. To the Met
-Bring a green apple and stand in front of Magrittes’ Businessman and make tourists wonder if it was in fact you who stood for the painter.
3. At the Races
-Wear this in a stable and no one will ask questions.
4. To a Fashion Event
-Everyone will admire you for your bravado and fashion forward taste. Just don’t leave it at coat check or some tasteful jockey is likely to steal it.
5. To a Restaurant or any other “normal” place
-You’re on your own here, other than the aforementioned places, this hat will no doubt get more confused/enraged looks than at a French bar during the World Cup 06.
Final Word: There’s making a fashion statement and just plain crazy. I’m gonna go with crazy on this one. But if you can’t resist (and there will be a few), you can find your bowler hat at Balenciaga on 542 W. 22nd St.