Sarah Burton’s Spring 2014 collection for Alexander McQueen introduced something to put on your head. But what is it? Hat? Cap? Cloche? Skullcap? Flashing down the runway in silver and gold, where did this innovation come from?
I posit 3 possible inspirations.
1. Blue collar power tool industry inspiration?
This seems like the most likely option to me based on last year’s beekeeping theme. Is Burton/ McQueen quietly paying homage to different industries, making statements about there perception while transfusing high and low cultural conceptions?
2. A modern take on a 1920s cloche? Is this update supposed to be an interpretation of a “new woman” and the more metallic streamlined look supposed to represent strength?
Burton agreed with this interpretation saying, “They’re sort of 1920s cloche hats.” While this may be true, contrasted with the tribal and militaristic influences of the collection, what started as a cloche seems like decidedly something else.
3. (my personal favorite) Tron?
Have any better ideas? Let me know what you think… Feel free to add whether you would ever wear this. I’m still on the fence.