Dior Men, Spring Summer 2020 Fashion Week
Raf Simons’s autumn collection, which showed in Paris earlier this year, is full of headwear, this time offering exaggerated styles inspired by riding hats. These were married with oversized tailoring, boxy shoulders and even a wild leopard print. This sporty-meets-high-fashion vibe continued at Ermenegildo Zegna, which offered felt hats in plum and khaki colourways. And Simons’s former brand Dior Men showcased a fine selection of millinery expertise by milliner extraordinaire Stephen Jones. The muted collection of crisp white, ivory and steel-blue was punctuated with bursts of fuchsia and embroidered visor caps, presented as a collaboration with artist Daniel Arsham in a play on his influences.
The trend is more of a return than something new. After all, men have worn hats for centuries, as signifiers of not just fashion sense but social status, religion and culture. The practice waned in popularity during the latter half of the 20th century, but with designers offering a more whimsical and flamboyant take on the perennial, we’re once again celebrating the way a good hat tops an outfit.