After reviewing all of the Fall Couture shows so far, I was a bit excited about all of the headwear that I saw on the runway (Seems to be a fascination of mine this week given Wednesday’s post about Oscar de la Renta’s Resort paper hats!). I was so focused on the hats that I almost overlooked the details in the clothes. I keep seeing more and more headgear popping up out there and the Couture is always a great avenue for designer’s to go all out. Take a look at some of my favorite headpieces below and take some inspiration from the shapes and materials for 2012.
I love Armani’s color palette and the Japanese origami references are brilliant. The asian flowers mixed with feathers are so inspiring for Spring prints and the juxtaposition of shapes are an easy sign that these hats were designed by no other than top notch Milliner Phillip Treacy. This collection is one of my favorites so far, his ode to Japan is getting me in the mood for my trip there in August!
Designer Valli had a different approach keeping things subtle by channeling couture from the 1960′s. The ribbon head bands are beautifully sleek and simple while giving the flou of the garments a bit of an edge. The black lace veil is spectacular and I love it popped with the red band underneath. Red will continue to be a strong color for 2012 without a doubt.
First of all, Stella Tennant looks incredible and is so perfect for this look. Karl topped every look with a tweed bowler style hat that has a black tulle eye veil. Zorro reference perhaps?
The new team at Valentino continues to excite me with their delicate interpretations of the brand. I absolutely LOVE the angelic look of the model’s hair, headpiece and makeup. The look is so fresh and the headpieces are amazing and so beautifully delicate. I would definitely look for more jewelry designers to take note and start designing jeweled crowns similar to this idea.
Feathers are a big trend at the Couture shows this season which makes me think that we should be seeing more of them in 2012. I love how Alexis played with the different scale of feathers in the hair. The white ones bunched together have a bit of a Native American feel to them which is quite a surprise styled with the tulle cape. LOVE.
Gaultier was also a huge supporter of feathers in his looks. His headpieces are spectacular and are the perfect amount of flounce against his edgier collection. There were many 1930′s references which I have been feeling coming down the pike for awhile now.
Leave it up to the Margiela team to completely cover the face with a headpiece. Obviously this is just a conceptual piece for the collection, gotta hand it to MMM for always thinking outside of the box! On another note, check out the digital tech fabrics that were used throughout the collection. The Sche Report predicted this fabric as a trend several months ago. You can read that post here.
Milliner Stephen Jones played up shapes at Dior putting triangles, circles and squares on the model’s heads. I’m not the biggest fan of Dior’s first outing without Galliano, and I have to say I’m not so sure about these headpieces either but I’ve got to give props to Jones for the effort.