MFW Trend: Hats

ARE hats the new slogan T-shirt? Missoni seemed certain on that point: models in its finale wore the pink pussy hats that proved a visual signifier at the Women's March in January, woven with the distinctive Missoni zigzag. Donatella Versace, too, utilised headgear as she sought to promote a message of unity, printing Courage, Love and Loyalty across the front of beanie hats secured on fluoro-coloured punkish locks. Miuccia Prada played it cooler: baker boy hats are suddenly looking the business. She paired versions in coffee-coloured and school-uniform-grey knit, orange fur, and suede patchwork leather with the Seventies-hued looks in her stonker of an autumn/winter 2017 show in Milan this week, and spoke backstage of her years as a feminist protesting while wearing YSL.



It was harder to imagine her wearing the equally visually arresting feathered trapper hats in powder pink and spearmint green - the kinds of exhibitionist pieces that wouldn't have gone amiss in the Gucci show, where Alessandro Michele's sub-culture-spanning juggernaut veered from Gucci-branded sweatbands to Sixties air hostess hats, oversized straw wide-brimmed beauties to white knitted balaclavas. As for Massimo Giorgetti at Pucci? He seemed to be using hats as screening devices, sending acid-coloured fringed sun hats down his runway to complete his head-to-toe tonal looks. Alberta Ferretti had a similar idea which she executed in a more ladylike manner: her Venice-themed collection showed off the visual power of the Saturno hat, which looked especially delectable in mustard. For autumn the message is clear: only a hat will do.


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