Saturday, April 16, 2011


One of my personal favorites, a hat that Nasir Mazhar made for the Meadham Kirchhoff Fall collection

I am a hardcore hat fiend. Even on the most sweltering hot days, I find it difficult to leave the house without something to cover my skull. Many a time I've lamented the lack of proper milliners in the market, and there are only a handful who seem to be really experimenting and pushing the boundaries of design. Nasir Mazhar is one of the few, and has already worked with high profile designers such as Viktor and Rolf, Louise Gray, Thierry Mugler, and Richard Nicoll. He also frequently collaborates with Meadham Kirchhoff, and you might remember the luxuriantly bejeweled crowns and tiaras that he made to accompany the spring collection.

In addition to his frequent work for other designers, Nasir has his own very cool, and very futuristic namesake label, which is designed for women who are unafraid to take risks. Equally influenced by ravers and S&M fiends, the latest collection presents an assortment of hats built from neon fur, face braces, and metal hardware for an effect that the designer describes as part cyborg, part woman, as well as part ghetto and part gothic. For the men, Nasir made reinvented baseball caps with a boxy structure added to the brim, as well as some Russian-style winter hats. Even though many of Nasir's designs have a decidedly wicked slant, you can see that they all are based on classic forms that were just waiting to remade with a more forward-thinking touch.

The robo teddy hat

The designer wearing one of his reinvented baseball caps, this one with a pencil holder

A glittery Papal hat

Another reinvented baseball cap

A felt brim style covered in metal hardware

A Russian style winter hat for men

Another gorgeous hat that the designer made for Meadham Kirchhoff's Fall collection


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Megan Hattie said...

Wow, what cool hats! I love the re-inventive quality of some of these. the robo teddy is incredible... also I gave you the stylish blogger award! Maybe you've already done it, but I love your blog :)

--Megan//The Martian Tide

bravegrrl said...

what a fun post... i love hats too! i find etsy is a great place to browse for vintage finds...

Marcia B. said...

Whoa super wicked hats! Love this blog, now following!