just as esme is pursuing her quest for a hat, vogue runs an article featuring some really weird hats. these hats play with the abstract idea of a hat, rather than being hats with a practical purpose. some convey a socio-political message: a double hat speaks of the many roles women take on in contemporary society (l0l). esme finds the double hat rather fetching, as a matter of fact.
then there are hats that give a nod to the bizarre (check out these white poufy things that might make good protection in the event of an earthquake). well, one certainly would attract a bit of attention walking into a party with one of these!
other hats take the form of a disguise—e.g. alexander mcqueen lace mask-hats.
i have come to appreciate an oversized hat borrowed from mr. noir as a flirty disguise that has the added bonus of hiding one’s eye-wrinkles.
and then there are hats which lend themselves to fantasy. esme is reminded of a more innocent time when she and roz were children and used to pretend they were “old-fashioners”. esme’s grandmother made the most charming gingham bonnets for them. if only esme had kept wearing these bonnets, her skin would not resemble a speckled egg…..
taking up the hat (a bit late in life),