>> Following my short piece in last week's Stylist magazine (a stellar example of free publishing) extolling my love for all period dramas (although controversially except for Downton), I went on a House of Eliott marathon binge over the weekend. In my head, I'm in fact stroking my imaginary beard and agreeing earnestly with all of the issues that this BBC period drama quite pertinently brought up. Such as commercial viability versus creative expression, designer knock-offs on the high street, silver spoon privileges and connections getting you places in this industry and loss of quality through mass production – it's funny how a fluffy lightweight period drama series set in 1920s London, covered all of that, touching upon issues that no BBC documentary has even bothered to seriously analyse. It's also funny how those storylines are still very much applicable today.
In my heart though, I know I'm in fact gorging on sixteen DVDs all in one go because I get to look at all manners of hats, hear Louise Lombard squeal over silk shot velvet and imagine saying phrases like "Yes, this is quite the thing!" if I should ever pay custom to a couturier. Back to the hats though – cloches, turbans and toques – everyone's newly short bobbed, shingled or Eton cropped head in House of Eliott gets to wear a vast variety of hats. Even the lowly paid seamstresses. I've been getting a lot of hat action lately, acquiring all six of these in the last three months. Save for my feathered fez, I doubt any of these would be welcome at a House of Eliott soir√©e. It's ludicrous thoughts like that, which prove exactly how mushy my brain has become from period drama mara fever.
Hexue feathered fez – A feathered fez is the last thing I'd expect to buy in Shanghai, in a vintage shop no less (Lolo Love Vintage to be precise), especially when vintage is still a relative rarity over there. Still, I was enamoured enough to bring this hat all the way back from Asia, careful not to squash it in my sardine-packed suitcase. There clearly aren't enough feathered fezes (yes, I checked that is in fact the plural) in my life. I'm sorry I don't have more information about the label as my Chinese searching/Weibo skills still aren't great.
Joseph Nigoghossian bucket/cap/trapper hat – I've been bang into my hat hybrids and this one is a less extreme version of the J.W. Anderson A/W 12-3 current season hat, taking elements of a bucket/porkpie hat with a cap and some trapper back flaps. Primitive London in Hackney is selling this Joseph Nigoghossian hat in navy foam mesh. More of that 3D spacer stuff that I've been getting into.
Miu Miu Patent Souwester – Many an hour has been wiled away on Yoox, searching for every thing under the sun (my top search terms at the moment are "metallic", "patent, "silver shoes" and "Balenciaga" obvs), A few months ago, I bought this lonesome patent Miu Miu hat on Yoox. Lonesome because it bears a very very old Miu Miu label so it comes from a randomly old collection. Sheepishly, it did however catch the eye of Cathy Horyn when I wore this in Paris. Suffice to say that I now face celestial downpours with glee.
Ganryu blue lurex deerhunter/beanie/cap – I've already talked about this hat when I bought it in Tokyo. Like I said before, it's my very own tribute to East 17's Brian Harvey, albeit with an extra cap clap at the back and rendered in sheeny shiny blue lurex. The rest of the current A/W 12-3 Ganryu Comme des Garcons collection makes me wish this jocular streetwear-orientated menswear part of the Comme empire was more readily available here.
J.W. Anderson A/W 12-3 quilted bucket/trapper/fisherman's hat – First on my list when going to the over subscribed J.W. Anderson sample sale a few weeks ago was this hat from the current A/W 12-3 collection. This is about three or four hats packaged into one quilted nylon head warmer. I'm literally locked in my own head when I put this on. With a pair of headphones, I'm quite unaware of everything that's going on around me which makes it perfect for trampling across the park, crushing frost and puffing out little breath trails. Right about now then.