Spring 2012 Trend: Headpieces

spring 2012 hat trend

Photos: Imaxtree | Courtesy of Balenciaga

Top designers: Spring 2012 headgear at Jil Sander, Moschino, and Balenciaga.

Unless you’re Anna Dello Russo, Lady Gaga (who was just inducted into the Headwear Hall of Fame) or British royalty, a head-to-toe ensemble most likely only makes it to the neck.

Maison Michel's toppers, ADR’s fruity fascinators, and Philip Treacy's famous chapeaux aren't daily wear for us mere mortals. But if the Spring 2012 runways are any indication, start collecting those hatpins. Headpieces are officially in.

In New York, Marc Jacobs and Anna Sui both went with turban-bandana hybrids, while Ralph Lauren preferred a classic cloche for his Jazz Age-inspired collection.

At Burberry’s show in London, nearly every look was topped off by a raffia cadet cap, complete with a cheeky pom-pom.

The look also turned heads in Milan, where Giorgio Armani showed wide-brimmed navy fedoras on a stretch of models, with stark black and white boater hats being the chapeau of choice at Emporio Armani.

Moschino’s witty take on the trend included wide, flat caps fit for a matador, and, on the more feminine side, oversize floral fascinators in bright shades. (If only there were another royal wedding coming up…)

And Raf Simons accessorized a handful of Jil Sander looks with an unusual take on the knit beanie: his featured short blusher veils in corresponding colors.

In Paris, Ann Demeulemeester’s black hats had whiffs of the Wild West, and Gareth Pugh closed his show with otherworldly headpieces in iridescent violet.

While Nicolas Ghesquière’s oversize visor-style hats at Balenciaga, may have prompted a few head scratches, they were, in fact, referential to a famous Cristobal Balenciaga wedding dress headpiece from the 1960s.

It’s time to embrace hat hair—and your inner ADR. After all, with so many options, it’s impossible to be drawn to just one.

Head-to-toe, here we come!