Sunday, April 12, 2009
sail on, baby!
Happy Easter! I wonder how many people actually celebrate by participating in the Easter Parade/ Bonnet Festival here in New York, but if I were to join in (not that I would ever in reality, but what if...), I would totally do so in the most stylish way. Given this year's trend for hats and head accessories, the boater seems like the perfect choice. As seen on the Marc Jacobs' spring runway, this classic summer hat is making a big come back. The boater hat got its name because it was originally worn by the Gondoliers in Venice, Italy. Its popularity soared in the late 19th and early 20th century as a favorite choice of summer headwear, but only worn by men. It probably wasn't until the 1920's when women started wearing boaters to go along with their newfound sporting wear. From then on, boaters have appeared here and there on some of the most memorable heorines, like illustrator Ludwig Bemelman's "Madeline" character (above image) and the inimitable Marry Poppins.
If you're planning to channel the classic sailing look this summer, look no further than Marc Jacobs' colorful boaters created by milliner Stephen Jones, who crafted them as smaller versions so that they are worn diagonally. Otherwise, Chapeau Claudette does a miniature rendition of the boater and it is irresistibly cute (and much cheaper than the MJ version)!!
Images: Marc Jacobs SS '09 from style.com; Chapeau Claudette's mini boater hat on Pixie Market