I was extremely fortunate to attend a show at the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center this past Thursday. Being in New York during Fashion week is like getting a preview of the future. There are so many great shows going on all over town. New and established designers showing one after the other, not to mention the fashion show that takes place in the lobbies of nearby hotels and sidewalk catwalks filled with fashionistas from all over the world.
For those that can’t make it to the shows, reporters from New York Magazine online have captured many of the 2011 collections. I have been checking in to see the hat trends from the runway this season.
Women – Knits, Wide Brims and Berets
For women, it is all about the knits. I have always been a fan of knit hat with a cute dress and it seems that I was on the right track. Designers like Charlotte Ronson, Steven Allen and Band of Outsiders are all showing knits as part of their Fall 2011 collections.
Not surprisingly the wide brim fedora style for women is still popular on the runways. This classic style is complimentary to the bohemian look that we will stay on trend this coming fall. Rebecca Minkoff and Steven Allen’s hat styles are nostalgic of the 1970’s.
There were a variety of hat shapes shown with casual women’s wear which tells me that women’s hats will be trending back towards a feminine style this fall. A new take on a beret shown at Vena Cava, a version of a riding style cap at Guilded Age and my favorite fur hat at Jenni Kayne.
Men - Bowlers, Buckets and Fedoras
A new take on the classic bowler style was seen on more than one runway this week. Rag and Bone showed bowlers in trendy colors like maroon with a white band and tan with red satin band.
GStar Raw showed exaggerated crowns with upturned brims paired with long trench coats. They were almost cartoon like perched on the top of the head to one side. I am not sure how these will translate to every day wear.
Not surprisingly, we saw fedoras in the most popular styles, upturned snap brim and wide brim fedoras at Steven Allen. Surprisingly, the bucket hat might be making a comeback with this cool look from Tommy Hilfiger.
It is always fun to see what is on the horizon in the fashion world, but at the end of the day, every person has their own unique hat style. Just because you don’t see the look you love on the runway doesn’t mean we won’t have your style at Hats in the Belfry!