Headcase

Lately, there's been an unnerving resurgence of hats into the fashion scene. In January, singer Pharrell Williams wore a ten gallon Vivienne Westwood giant to the Grammys, causing a complete meltdown of the Internet and the fashion world. Just this month, designers such as Tibi and Christian Siriano showed extravagant headwear for their Fall/Winter 2014 collections, with respective sharp Amish-like brimmed hats and glamorously oversized designs straight out of a Dior New Look catalogue. In my winter looks, even I haven't been able to resist the pull of cozy beanies. Maybe it's because it's cold and we need cosy contraptions to warm our ears. Maybe it's because adorning our fingers, arms and necks has gotten blasé. Or maybe it's just eccentric and fabulous to spice up our outfits with a little something on the head.

Of course, one can't speak of millinery without mentioning the man whose name is practically synonymous with the craft - Katsuya Kamo. The Japanese milliner and hair designer is responsible for many a great headpiece on runways throughout the years, such as the delicate paper roses in the Chanel Spring 2009 Couture collection, and the dark, drapey and sculptural pieces for Junya Watanabe's Fall 2008 collection. Currently, more that 300 pieces by Kamo are on show at Lane Crawford's Hong Kong stores, including exclusive floral works commissioned by Lane Crawford for their spring 'Botanica' theme. If you're in need of hat inspiration for spring, be sure to check out his work in Lane Crawford stores across Hong Kong.