Saturday, November 26, 2011

Where are the bowlers ...

Snicker if you must, but I want a bowler hat! Yes, I'm currently in love with those rounded, felt millinery designs that are rarely seen in the States.

Image via Buzznet.

The 'brothers beautiful,' Princes William and Harry, wear the bowler with equal charm and dash. Another titlest sporting the royal bowler is Colin Firth in his portrayal of King George VI in 'The Kings Speech.'

Image via The King's Speech.

Even though these felt, English beauties have been around for over 150 years, they're finally gaining ground as a fashionable accessory for men and women.


Photos above via Just Jared.

Above, Keira Knightly (left) and Fergie (right) don their bowlers for shopping days, while Diane Keeton (below) tops her head with a similar hat at a black tie event. Keeton has worn bowlers frequently since her role as Annie Hall in the 1977 romantic comedy.

Image via Style Goes Strong.

Sure, the Brits have bested the bowlers since 1849, when the first one was created for Edward Coke, a titled English soldier and politician. It's actually called a 'Coke' hat or 'Billycock' in the UK.

But, what's good for royals is good for rockers, too. Lead Radiohead vocalist Thom Yorke is a bowler fan on and off stage. (Check out his Lotus Flower video on YouTube.) Yorke follows a number of other entertainers who have set box office records while sporting a bowler.

Let's give a nod to the stylists on the film 'Cabaret.' The 1966 Broadway production became a hit and spawned a 1972 film starring Liza Minelli with an iconic bowler atop her head. I'm pretty sure that's where I first saw the bowler with a bright future in store.

1 comment:

Krystina said...

Magritte also loved bowler hats. Wear one and be artistically inpsired!

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