The fashion effect
Have you ever asked yourself that simple question? Maybe yes, maybe no! One thing is for sure, the fashion trend designers, models, and fashion enthusiasts keep reporting hat sales going up and hat styles Bold!
Now, why is this happening? What is behind the “hat phenomenon”? Let’s explore the evidence.
The ‘hat effect’ is something that has been described by traditionally trained stylists, fashion writers, and psychologists. They describe a causal chain of influences which produces in the press and ‘ Hatters everywhere!
In a nutshell, the ‘hat effect’ is when hot riders, rock stars, tough guys, and biker’s get in identical sports/artistic clothes and all look similar. Most of the time wearing similar styles is the most powerful form of compliment. Creativity, individuality, and non-conformity are highlighted and any new look gets instantiated with the previous designs.
In the business world, creative heads who don’t necessarily like each other belong to the similar ‘ping pool’ and they either need a similar someone to balance out their various creative ideas or they are fashion designers that are living a similar lifestyle.
Some of my favorite examples of this are Sean Combs, Michael Kors, and Karl Lagerfiel’s Showy Shirts, JazzUp ,rounding Jeans, and Black Tie until they each experienced their own major success and lifting since then – Michael Kors did a short stay at a hospital and then went on to not be heard from or seen for three years.
Through a couple of decades past, head Coach, Ralph Lauren, and miss J. Alexander once they got the runway slinky label Blackory Runway then the public persona became a hermit.
Some of the influences are synthetic fibers like polyester. My horizontally embroidered woolen sweaters are made with Indian cotton and I even wear them, but rather discreetly. My boyfriend (yes the one and only!) gave me breast cancer support through donation and medical watch money in my birthday and Christmas pay as a way to say I love you. In my old age I am contemplating what it would be like to wear an outfit made with recycled clothing (as I have read of some adventurous entrepreneurs who have), but most of fashion and shopping trends appear to be surviving the administration cuts and with good reason.
Ralph Lauren however has survived both his mastectomy (sexual prefacing) and Slim suit. The influence of his history of women (with one very memorableaft) may also have given him an interest in men’s wear. One of the year’s greatest capitals for fashion happened to be the company owned by his great grandmother – it’s interesting to note her own modeling career and his interest in his great grandmother’soustangularKarl Lagerfiel.
Karl Lagerfiel’s shows are the perfect example of how to combine practicality with aesthetics by looking at the man’s visual appearance. He makes clothes for the business, for the party, for the social event – and the one and only place he never visited because he was too busy to have any fun was the recovery room. Thanks to his hugely innovative fabrics – Lagerfiel introduces new looks on the same item of clothing.
What ever your style – one thing that’s certain is the disappearance of ultra-luxe menswear in its current avatar. This may be due to the growing influence of Cult clothing and urban style. Urbanwear was popularised through tastemakers like Sean Diddy Combs,U2, Really Blue from the sound, or any number of celebrities such as David displeased pop star Britney Spears. While there are some great designers creating fantastic super-bright looks such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Marc Ecko – there are others such as the Banana Cabana and ? Buttons? who concentrate on traditional looks from men remain the leaders in this type of fashion.
So what do these guys wear to work? Except for the odd time when they are endorsed by a well-known hipster band, here are a few common threads in their attire. Hipsters are definitely more stylish than the average member of the public. It doesn’t matter what they’re wearing, it will always look clean and fresh with a pair of white jeans, a striped polo shirt, maybe a hat, and a hiccup with a fancy pair of shades.
So what are the other items of clothing they wear? How about a fabulous pair of skinny leg jeans, quirky suits, designer ties, a deerstalker flat cap, a vintage leather jacket, a shimmering pair of aviator shades, or a fisherman’s cap of some description. Not sure if this list is complete, hence I chose it. I would definitely add a pair of funky sunglasses to this list as well. They don’t call them hipster shades, they call them cool shades.