Sunday, December 30, 2012

Hats of the Year in Review!

As the year comes to a close, standard practice for the bigger news agencies is to look back on the big news stories of the year.  Since the news of the year has largely been so negative, we couldn't bear to end 2012 on such a down note. Instead, we present herewith our Hats of the Year in Review, and we wish all of our wonderful readers a very, very happy and prosperous 2013. Please join us as we review some of our favorite chapeaux (listed in random order).

For the story behind this opening shot:

One Hat - Two Heads!  Sometimes, when we both like the same hat, it looks great on both of us. Other times, it looks better on one than the other. You be the judge!  On January 2, 2012, we went to Helen Uffner's vintage clothing warehouse to see the proprietress and explore the premises, look at hats, clothing and all kinds of ephemera. We both tried the monkey fur hat that Helen was wearing when we arrived and both found it to be flattering - and oh! such fun.

We both agreed that a sophisticated statement hat such as this requires more than a little attitude to carry it off.  Declaring the contest a tie, we sadly left the hat with its owner (who was not proffering it for sale anyway, so we didn't have to fight over it).  Here's the link to the posting we called "Kids in a Candy Store":

One week later in early January, we met a friend from out of town at the hat show curated by Stephen Jones at Bard, went to the flea market on Amsterdam and 77th Street and stopped for lunch afterward at Machievelli's on Columbus Avenue for a snack. (No link for this one, since we never actually posted about this outing.) Jean is wearing an Ignatius felted wool funnel shaped hat.  For Valerie's hat, see the first link above about Tomas Saraceno's Cloud City on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Here we are in front of the Brooklyn Museum when we went to the Keith Haring show last summer.

Once inside the museum, we got carried away by the artwork. For the skinny on the show:

At the Whitney opening of Yayoi Kusama's exhibition, we both wore or red lacquered coolie hats, adorned with white polka dots in homage to the artist.

We paused in the middle of the Easter Parade for a photo to show off our hats and our nails:

When we went to LIM College to attend the lecture and book-signing by Ari Seth Cohen for Advanced Style and by Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum for StylelikeU.  (We're in both books!)  We covered the event in the blog:

At Stella Management's recent Pier Show, we loved participating in a fashion advice booth. At our age, we figured we'd make more money with a fashion booth than with a kissing booth.  For more on the event:

For the Anna Piaggi Picnic to celebrate her legacy, nearly everyone wore a hat. Here we are at Grand Central getting ready to make the trek to Long Island City.  For more juicy details:

At the party to celebrate publication of "Issey Miyake: Pleats Please", we both wore tall brimmed black felt hats. Scope out the party and the people:

Our art deco style helmets by Carol Markel (which we were wearing in Bill Cunningham's 12/23/12 On the Street: Jollytown) were first featured in May, 2012:

During Fashion Week last September, we did an impromptu runway show at the fountain at Lincoln Center:

At our 10-11-12 get-together at DBGB, here's what we wore.

For our shoot outside the Seagrams Building for the Van She music video, we wore very different headgear with our stripes.

Here we are in front of one of the John Chamberlain sculptures:

During the summer, we stopped in at the Apple Store in the Meatpacking District.

When we attended opening night of the Arts of Pacific Asia Show in March, we were lucky enough to be photographed by Bill Cunningham. Check it out:

To celebrate Jean's November birthday, we went to Cold Spring, New York for the day.

In May, we both donned top hats and tails at the Art Deco Show at Japan Society:

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  1. Your hats are just too much!! So creative. Have a wonderful New Year!

  2. Such fun, such fun! Love this year-in-review, especially the Keith Haring dance and all the links back to your adventures. Thank you for your joyful perspective, and all the best in 2013.

  3. These photos really capture the past year of delightful events for the IFs. I am looking forward to many more interesting adventures by the fabulous duo. Happy New Year!

  4. i love hats, and yours inspire me! happy new year :)

  5. That is a whole lot of hat-and-outfit awesomeness! Looking forward to seeing what madcap adventures you get up to in 2013. Warm wishes for a wonderful 2013.

  6. Happy New year to you both! I so look forward to your posts...

  7. You always leave me smiling ;-) Happy New Year and I'm looking forward to reading all about your fashion adventures in 2013!
    jill in Ontario

  8. There's nothing I love more than a hat review and this 2012 show stopper extravaganza does not disappoint. Brava and hats off to 2013!

  9. Well, I am starting my New Year off Great! Just found your blog and am loving your fashion and your attitude. Can't wait to read the 2013 blogs as they are posted. Thank you for sharing.