TRENDS REPORT: A TOUCH OF REFINEMENT, A MAN’S STAPLE: FEDORA
What started as an everyday essential menswear item, most famously known through Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, and Humphrey Bogart among others, had continued to grace the ever evolving androgynous fashion trend.
The Fedora, it’s name originated from the 1882 French play Fédora, gained popularity firstly amongst urban men who wore the hats as a means to protect their heads while adding a touch of elegance. Last year, we saw the expanding masculine/feminine trend rise in popularity through the fashion industry. Some of these styles included feminine menswear which were comprised of pressed suits, ties, and even pocket squares.
In December’s 2013 edition of InStyle magazine, Fashion Director Cindy Weber clearly stated, “Ever since Yves Saint Laurent shocked the fashion world in 1966 when he introduced “le smoking,” a tuxedo for women, designers ranging from Jean Paul Gaultier and Ralph Lauren to Giorgio Armani and Hedi Slimane have riffed on the look again and again. Invest in the best you can afford, as you are guaranteed to get years of wear out of it.”
Most recently we’ve seen a modern take on the fedora designed by Maison Michel on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley featured in January’s 2014 edition of People’s Style Watch. The Maison Michel makes both men’s and women’s made-to-measure hats. The fedora remains a classic timeless piece that will never go out of style.
Collection shot by Karl Lagerfeld from Maison Michel’s Ready-To-Wear Collection