Thursday, September 25, 2008

Fashion-able Head Covering

"Top millinery skills on show at London Fashion Week"

By Hilary Alexander, Fashion Director,

Check this article for links to the fashions in photos. Here's the introduction:

London Fashion Week's obsession with bizarre and extreme millinery continued on the final day yesterday.

Models showed off millinery skills by Misa Harada for Bora Aksu (left and centre) while Osman Yousefzada offered Japanese straw hats (right)
Bora Aksu’s collaboration with Misa Harada featured modernist bonnets (left) and black bows (centre), while Osman Yousefzada offered Japanese straw hats (right)

It has been a week that has seen everything perched and placed on the models' heads from metal and plastic "Pac-Man" helmets to shreds of fabric, fringed and draped into turbans and feathers and wisps of veiling tethered with pearls. Osman Yousefzada's spring/summer collection, "Savage Pagoda", shown yesterday, was no exception.

Inspired by the martial costumes of the Samurai, it featured sculpturally draped dresses and skirts, in coral, lapis-blue, nude, sand and black jersey, which appeared to be virtually seamless.

Midriff-baring jackets and sharp, cropped trousers, in wet-look rayon and white Neoprene, created the same rigorous, architectural feel.

The key accessories were Japanese straw hats, lacquered in London - a cross between satellite dishes and a large wok and inspired by those worn by farmers in the paddyfields.

Personally, I think the designers mess things up sometimes. But I suppose we should give them a respectful nod for acknowledging the fun of adorning the head and hair with coverings.


More on that kheffyeh...

"Chequered history"

Everyone from Leona Lewis to Colin Farrell has taken to wearing the keffiyeh, as fashion goes wild for this symbol of resistance. But with sales soaring, why does the only factory in Palestine that makes these scarves look set to close?

Read more in this article by Rachel Shabi, in the
September 22 2008

photo here from the article, of Leila Khaled wearing a keffiyah. Photgraph: Eddie Adams/AP
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