With 2012 coming to an end (finally!) it is time to look back at the most memorable hats and headdresses of the year. Today I am sharing with you the selection of hats that, in my opinion, deliver ultimate drama, visual pleasure and make your mind wonder far far away from every day life. In no particular order, here is one of my most favorite hats of 2012 - a "Swan" hat created by Stephen Jones for one of 2012 Collections by Giles.
I thought the "Swan" hat was so stunning and dramatic! My favorite version of it came in white color. :-)
Another headdress I thought was completely out of the world was Madonna's Super Bowl Headdress designed by Philip Treacy.
So strong and defiant, it made such a visual impact adding all the character to the stage outfit. Great Hat, so-so performance.
Now, this one is a little bit crazy, but I love, love, LOVE crazy! Showstopping headdresses created for Prada by the one and only phenomenal hairdressers/milliners/wonder headpiece maker Julien D'YS. Every time I see his creations I want to confess my love for him.:-) I love you Julien.
This year Great Britain celebrated Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II, marking her 60 years as a Queen Of England. Crown is such a powerful symbol and an object of desire of so many whether you are a 4 year old dreaming of Prince Charming or a 25 year old hiding a very special tiara in your secret draw. :-) I think Queen Elizabeth wears it with such grace. I love her smile. :-)
Another one of my favorites is this very special headdress designed by Stephen Jones for one of the Models participating in the Olympic Games closing ceremony. How amazing is this!? Still trying to figure out this gold dipped effect.
Lady Gaga keeps making all sorts of lists with steady determination, but I noticed she dialed it down a notch with her choices of headdresses and hats. Despite this fact, I just couldn't skip this fabulous pink number photographed for Vogue US and designed by Mr. Jones. Delicious!
This single boater designed by Meadham Kirchhoff for his SS 2013 Collection was an embodiment of chic and perfection.
Another two phenomenal headdresses came, once again, from Julien D'YS. They were custom created for April Issue of Vogue, for a very special Ritz Paris editorial.
To tell you the truth, I can look at this images forever: they bring me tot he Fashion Fairy Tale land, so unique, so beautiful, so unlike anything I have ever seen before!
Ulyana Sergeenko wore another one of my most favorite hats for 2012. She looks so chic in this unexpected ensemble, but again, unexpected is something Ulyana does so well. Only she could make this lace-overlay tall toy-soldier hat make look so chic. Absolutely love it!
I thought full face masks covering mannequin heads in Prada vs. Schiaparelli Exhibition deserved a spot of their own. They added so much drama and mystery, I could not help but come back for more. :-)
One of the hats I simply can not leave out of this post is the notorious "Darth Vader" hat created by Balenciaga. It quickly took over the fashion scene with different versions of it invading Fashion crowd, drawing attention of photographers. It was priced at 3,250$.
It was called everything and anything from "bizarre" and "heavenly" to "ugly" and "purposely in your eyes". Well, I suppose you just would have to make your own mind on where you stand with regards to this hat. I happen to love it!
I hope you enjoyed this selection :something very positive and light about this full of difficulties and losses year. I can not wait for it to be over and have no doubt in my mind that the New 2013 will be full of even more beautiful hats! :-)