Pharrell steals the show in Vivienne Westwood hat

Pharrell Williams’ heaping helping of hat at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards turned out to be the viral equivalent of Jennifer Lawrence’s Golden Globes dress — a focus-pulling fashion statement that spawned comparisons to Smokey Bear and the Arby’s logo — and even birthed a parody Twitter account @PharrellHat.

Sunday night we opined that it might be a Lanvin lid, but now comes word that we have designer Vivienne Westwood to thank for the millinery meme. Monday morning, representatives for the label emailed us to share that Pharrell’s high-profile headgear was a felt “Mountain” hat, hand-made in England and available in various colors.

The hat is available through the Vivienne Westwood Worlds End boutique in London, where it will cost you roughly $158 at current exchange rates. That was confirmed for us by the folks at the Vivienne Westwood Los Angeles boutique on Melrose Avenue (who told us they’d already received several phone calls looking for said hat — two inquiries coming even before the store opened at 11 a.m.).

[Updated 4:25 p.m. PST Jan. 27: We’ve just been informed by the Westwood folks that the hat may now be pre-ordered by U.S.

Meeting the heads under SuperDuper Hats

Renowned brand SuperDuper Hats by Florentine designers Matteo Gioli and sisters Ilaria and Veronica Cornacchini began in 2010 out of a fun-loving passion for handcrafted hats when, by chance, they discovered an old, beautifully carved wooden hat blocker. The unique creations perfectly capture the spirit of handmade Tuscan traditions, while still incorporating new and contemporary details tuned into the market’s modern demands. In 2013 SuperDuper Hats won the ‘Who is on Next? Uomo’ contest and the designers exhibited at Pitti Uomo for the first time in 2014, with a performance inspired by the Gandy dancers—the American railroad workers who synchronized their work with singing and carefully-timed movements in a sort of collective dance. In January 2015, they launched a menswear capsule collection by Matteo Gioli and Stefano Ughetti, consisting of 27 outfits inspired by the iconic Italian bike racers Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali. Recently, they presented their Riverside Blues Spring/Summer 2016 collection on the Arno riverbank, with a performance by UK artist DollarBill. I met with Ilaria Cornacchini in the “Touch!” pavilion at Pitti Uomo 88, a place dear to the brand’s heart since their beginnings in the fashion industry.

Headwear Assn. hat handout aims to highlight protection from sun

To%20raise%20awareness%20about%20the%20sun-protection%20value%20of%20hats%2C%20the%20Headwear%20Assn.%20is%20planning%20to%20give%20away%20thousands%20of%20hats%20nationwide%20starting%20tomorrow.%20%28Headwear%20Assn.%29The Headwear Association is planning to give away a whole lot of hats across the country this week as part of an awareness campaign about the damage the sun can cause to unprotected skin.< Sun, the trade group is set to distribute, free of charge, thousands of wide-brimmed, sun-protection hats on Wednesday in cities including New York, Boston and Boulder, Colo. A SoCal hat handout is scheduled for Friday at the Eagle Rock Farmers Market.

The free hats are being provided by Broner Hats, Dorfman-Pacific, Bollman Hat Co., Magid Hats, Wallaroo Hats, Korber Hats, F&M Hats and San Diego Hat Co.

The group has also shared the following tips as to what makes a good sun hat:

“Wide brims. Choose hats with at least a 2½-inch brim and always wear sunscreen and a hat when outside. Women’s hats with brims larger than 5 inches also offer shoulder and décolletage protection from the sun.a

Queensland hat maker takes top prize at Oaks Fashions on the Field competition

Gold Coast based headwear designer Georgia Gardiner won the top prize at this year’s Crown Oaks Day Fashions on the Field competition.

Georgia, 24, in her seventies-inspired outfit, complete with a “vibrant red hat” of her own creation, was the winner of the Flemington Racecourse Oaks Day Fashions on the Field competition.

“I managed to make it through all the rounds, then I got top 10 and somehow walked away the winner,” Georgia said, who this year made it into the top ten for the Queensland state Fashions on the Field competition.

Georgia’s big day came with a catch, inclement weather forced all in attendance to seek cover.
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“The whole thing was just chaos, it was totally unexpected and an absolute thrill,” Georgia said.

“There’s always hiccups, there was a tornado warning so the weather was horrendous, it absolutely bucketed.”

As the Oaks day winner, Georgia went on to the Victorian final and came third, taking home a bounty of prizes.

“It’s a shopping girl’s dream come true, I won a $2500 Myer shopping spree, $300 in Antler luggage, 5 nights in a suite at the Sofitel in Melbourne and VIP access for the rest of the day,” Georgia said

Georgia also took home another $1000 Myer

Breaking Bad’ Heisenberg hat by Goorin Bros. back for the holidays

Goorin Bros., the San Francisco-based hat maker that made the distinctive black porkpie hat sported by Bryan Cranston’s Walter White on AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” announced Tuesday that it has reissued a holiday run of that hat.

Called “The Heisenberg” hat, (the name is a reference to White’s alter ego) it was first released in July to commemorate the show’s final season in a limited production of 1,895 pieces packaged in special yellow hat boxes bearing Walter White’s visage.

The reissue is the identical model: A made-in-America porkpie hat in 100% wool felt from Rambouillet sheep in Texas with a 1 7/8″ brim, 3 3/4″ side wall and a hand-tacked grosgrain ribbon around the outside. The words “The Heisenberg” and “Goorin Bros.” are printed in yellow on the sweatband inside the hat. (Note: The reissue does not include the box that was part of the earlier sold-out run.)

The $149 hats are currently available through the Goorin Bros. website and if there’s a die-hard “Breaking Bad” fan on your gift list be advised that Dec. 16 is the cutoff for orders being ground-shipped to arrive by Christmas.

Bucket hats what’s the appeal?

Isabel Marant Spring Summer 2005

Reasons to love fashion, number 567: women setting the agenda is the norm, not a stunt pulled by men in order to grab headlines. The bucket hat may have been staging a respectable comeback in menswear circles for two years, but it was Rihanna who had the power to make it a bona fide headline trend once more. RiRi’s Sunday-night instagrams, showing her in a bucket hat and red lipstick with one arm draped around German striker Mario Götze, were the style moment of the final.

Rihanna’s bucket-hat moment blew Gisele Bundchen’s pre-match appearance – big hair, teeny dress, Louis Vuitton trophy case – out of the water. This is no mean feat, but what Rihanna has on her side and Gisele doesn’t (beside the winning team, of course) is the zeitgeist. Because the Rihanna bucket-hat look both captures the tomboy mood of the moment, and capitalises on a 90s revival that has hit the mass market this year. Rihanna chooses a bucket hat when she’s watching sports: before the World Cup final, she had been

A fashion hat trick

Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese president Xi Jinping, looked stunning in a midnight blue gown at tonight’s lavish white-tie dinner held in Buckingham Palace hosted by the Queen and Prince Philip.

52-year-old Peng Liyuan, who is on a state visit of the UK with her husband, wore a sophisticated blue tailored gown with mid-length sleeves and high collar set off with a white belt and clutch, and a pearl and diamond brooch and drop earrings.

It was the former soprano’s third glamorous outfit of the day. In the Houses of Parliament this afternoon she wore an elegant grey tailored coat with a dove grey silk pussy bow blouse, while this morning she wore a simple white dress suit with embroidered pockets and a leaf motif brooch when meeting the Queen.

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Important Hats of the Twentieth Century

“Orange Is the New Black” writer-producer Nick Jones has fashioned a hilarious, always hallucinatory new Off Broadway comedy about a time-traveling clothing designer

Nick Jones tries something completely different in his often hilarious, always hallucinatory new comedy, “Important Hats of the Twentieth Century,” which opened Monday at MTC’s Studio at Stage II. Eschewing prison garb and lot more, the “Orange Is the New Black” writer-producer has written a camp classic for a nearly all-male cast.

When “Hats” is revived in the future, there’ll be no roles for drag queens. No Charles Busch or Lypsinka taking over the leads. No takeoffs along the lines of a reverse-gender “Caged” or “The Women” or “The Bad Seed.”

One of the dictums of camp is that heterosexuality is the biggest joke of all. Since the word “camp” is code for gay, Jones achieves the equivalent of pouring chocolate syrup over fudge in his “Hats” when he has a same-sex romance blossom between a hard-nosed reporter-critic, T.B. Doyle (John Behlmann being as outrageously stolid as he is handsome), and a high-fashion designer Sam Greevy (Carson Elrod impersonating Isaac Mizrahi right down to the mad-as-a-hatter hair).

The Winter Fedora

First made popular for men when Prince Edward wore the centre-creased, soft-brimmed hat in the 1920s, fedoras have been used for decades to protect the wearer’s head from unpredictable winter weather.

This silhouette was originally made from soft felt and had a low, tapered crown. Yet today it comes in a wide variety of brim widths, materials and crown types, and even the positioning of the ‘pinch’ can vary.

As we reported earlier this year, fedoras were identified as a developing street style trend at London Collections: Men (LC:M), where stylish gents combined neutral versions with slimline suiting and separates.

Yet fedoras weren’t just spotted on the streets at LC:M – the runways confirmed the style as a major AW14 accessory trend too. From the Savile Row/St James’s showcase to E.Tautz, some of Britain’s most prestigious tailoring houses put wide-brimmed fedoras front and centre in their collections.

Worn in a timeless fashion, they were teamed with 1920s-inspired outerwear and razor sharp suiting for a look that harked back to a time where elegance and refinement reigned supreme.

This is exactly how we’d suggest wearing the fedora hat this autumn, as it’s the perfect way to channel dapper sartorial style. Look to invest in a well-made

Tilda Swinton’s sandals, Bill Murray’s hat ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

Tilda Swinton, as usual, made a strong fashion impression, with flat, feathered sandals and a tuxedo with a ruffle at the opening of the Berlin International Film Festival.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” in which Swinton stars along with Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan and others, launched the European event Thursday night. The film, by Wes Anderson, is set to open in the United States on March 7.

Swinton, whose hair color has varied, had high, platinum-blond curls and bright lipstick and toes for the event, which also featured costar Murray in a dapper hat.

“Uuuuum … it’s a … as you might gather from the title, a hotel figures prominently in it,” he said. “And it’s kind of European … a bit inspired partly by Hollywood Europe, and also by some European writers around that time. Yeah. That’s a little bit about it. Kind of vague, but …”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is set in a fictional country in pre-World War II Europe and follows a concierge and his lobby boy as they try to recover a famous Renaissance painting.

Murray in a recent interview — and wearing a tiny conical ski hat — explained why great actors flock to Anderson’s films.

Hats Focusing ahead

Hats, once a necessity for all women, may be returning to the list of must-have accessories. More than 1 billion were sold in the United States in 2004, up 15% from the preceding year and well over a threefold increase since 1986, when the New York-based Headwear Information Bureau began keeping records.

“Black church women represent a large quantity of hat sales,” says bureau spokesperson Vicky Gamez.

She also credits the increase in sales to the Red Hat Society, a million-member social organization for women older than 50; the popularity of designer hats by the likes of Marc Jacobs, Prada and Chanel; the growing number of celebrities, such as Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Alicia Keys, Jessica Simpson and Missy Elliott, who have been seen in hats; and a trend among young people at large, who use head coverings as fashion accessories (and for bad hair days).

Women looking for church- worthy hats can look to a variety of sources. One member of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ recently bought a red hat for $7.95 at Wal-Mart; another spent $600 for a black bonnet at One-of-a- Kind Hats on Crenshaw Boulevard. Other sources for hats, culled

Sochi Olympics roundup Kings and Ducks power Canada over Austria

SOCHI, Russia — Based on Jeff Carter’s hat trick and Drew Doughty’s game-opening goal in Canada’s 6-0 Olympic victory over Austria on Friday, you’d never know the Kings are one of the NHL’s lowest-scoring teams.

Carter, who began Friday’s game as Canada’s 13th forward, and standout defenseman Doughty have managed to leave the Kings’ offensive struggles behind in North America. Carter’s hat trick was a natural one — three straight goals — and Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf increased the Southern California hockey presence by scoring a short-handed goal to help Canada improve to 2-0 in pool play.

“It’s not very often I like to watch them going in the net from him,” Getzlaf said of Carter, evoking the Ducks-Kings rivalry. “It’s great to see Carts get around the net the way he does, and obviously he did a great job banging them in tonight.”

Curling

The U.S. women’s curling team was mathematically eliminated from medal contention when it lost, 9-2, to a previously winless Denmark. The U.S. has won only once in six games.

In another women’s game, Britain set an Olympic record with five steals in a 12-3 win over Japan. A steal is when

Summer crayfish festival at IKEA stores Aug. 16 Wear a funny hat

Every summer, I regret the loss of the Swedish restaurant Gustaf Anders in Costa Mesa and its annual crayfish festival. Not to mention the Princess cake draped in pale green marzipan.

It won’t be the same, but here’s the thing: It’s just $9.99 per person. Kids 12 and under get in for $2.49. What is it? IKEA’s kräftskiva — an all-you-can-eat Swedish crayfish festival on Friday, Aug. 16.

Note that seating is limited, so if you plan on going, best to buy your tickets now at the closest IKEA store.

What’s on the menu? Tossed green salad, cucumber salad, hard-boiled eggs with shrimp, shell-on prawns with cocktail sauce, Najad salmon with horseradish or mustard sauce. And then the big event, crayfish with crispbread and rolls and assorted Swedish cheeses. And for those who aren’t into crayfish, the furniture company cafe will also have its famous Swedish meatballs on hand too. As well as Swedish desserts and cookies.

In Sweden, a crayfish party usually happens in August, an email from the store explains. “Participants often wear funny hats and enjoy ‘singing drinking’ songs while taking snaps (or shots, as we call them.)”

So, bring on those

Former Beverly Hills greeter now works Hollywood’s grittier streets

The man in the red coat and top hat strolling along Hollywood Boulevard had a few words of advice for the tourists from Texas.

“When you get to Beverly Hills, it’s Ro-day-o Drive,” Gregg Donovan says. It’s not some bull-riding event, so don’t pronounce it that way, he tells them.

Donovan should know. He spent 11 years as Beverly Hills’ official greeter before being laid off as the recession deepened.

These days he has traded Rodeo Drive for Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. Instead of working for the Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau, he now represents a tour bus company.

But the shtick remains the same.

He belts out “Welcome to Hollywood! You have arrived!” in a multitude of languages (100, he claims) and poses for photos or waves at passing cars, a regal figure sharing a sidewalk with people dressed like action figures.

Sure, he misses some of the celebrities he once used to see — Brian Grazer, Larry King, Tom Hanks.

“Now the stars I see are the ones on the sidewalk,” said Donovan, 53.

But in slipping on the red coat and top hat that once

Robbie Keane’s three goals spark Galaxy, 4-2

It wasn’t a must-win situation and yet for the full 90 minutes the Galaxy played with the desperation and intensity of a team facing playoff elimination in Saturday night’s Western Conference showdown with league-leading Real Salt Lake.

The result was a 4-2 victory that boosted the reigning Major League Soccer champions from fifth to fourth place in the standings in front of a noisy 24,237 at StubHub Center in Carson.

After scoring his 28th career regular-season goal in the 86th minute to complete his second hat trick of the season, Robbie Keane did a somersault and motioned to the fans, who gave him a standing ovation when he was subbed out during injury time.

His three-goal effort came six days after Landon Donovan notched his fourth career trifecta in a 3-3 draw at FC Dallas.

“We’ve been underachieving a bit, to be honest,” Keane said. “So hopefully this will kick us in the right direction and we’ll be better the rest of the year.”

Keane also scored three goals in a 4-0 triumph over Seattle on May 26 — the same

The Broad’s hard-hat tour and why museum admission will be free

Tuesday’s media hard-hat tour of the Broad museum, which opens in… (Deborah Vankin / Los Angeles…)

The in-progress museum known as the Broad opened its virtual “doors” Tuesday morning for a hard-hat tour of the Grand Avenue construction site – which, aside from its white honeycomb-like ceiling of skylights, looks basically like a concrete and steel construction site.

The clanking of metal and screeches from buzz saws could be heard throughout the news conference, which included remarks from Eli Broad as well as remarks from Mayor Eric Garcetti, the  Broad’s founding director Joanne Heyler and lead designer Elizabeth Diller, founding principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

“You can tell you’re impatient because you told your workers to continue,” Garcetti joked to Broad. “You didn’t want to lose one minute of construction time!”

PANORAMA: Inside The Broad under construction

The event’s big takeaway was Broad’s announcement that admission to the museum will be free. Down the line, the museum will show special exhibitions that come with admission fees. But viewing the Broad’s permanent collection of nearly 2,000 works from the 1950s to the present, with about 250 on display in the museum’s main galleries at any one time, will

Highland Park hacker wins award for wearing a ‘w

Many days late at night, Skyler Rojas, a rising junior at UC Berkeley, finds himself exchanging messages on Skype with a good friend. The conversations tend to focus on cybersecurity — how to protect and break into computer networks.

Trading tips and tricks in a constant quest to improve his skills has paid off for Rojas. The 19-year-old from Highland Park picked up a $2,000 award from the Information Systems Security Assn. of San Francisco at the Cornerstones of Trust conference in the Bay Area on Tuesday. It’s an honor rewarding him for pursuing a career in cybersecurity. His dream job would be a “penetration tester,” working from the inside to find vulnerabilities in a network.

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The supply of cybersecurity professionals has not kept up with the rising demand globally. Programs have popped up nationwide to address the issue. Rojas was introduced to cybersecurity through the CyberPatriot competition in high school.

He went on to start a cyber defense team in college. This year, that eight-person squad placed second in a regional competition. Teams had to take control of a network of a mock company for two days and protect it against attacks

Opening day at Del Mar racetrack and there’s a party going on

There was primping, flirting, laughing, betting, drinking — and that was before the first race went off on opening day at Del Mar.

In what has become the social event of the year in San Diego County, a crowd of 43,030, the largest to attend a horse race in California this year, showed up on Wednesday to create a party-like atmosphere complete with hats seemingly designed from an unknown civilization.

“Oh my God. Look at this,” one female track visitor said in awe of a hat that included an iron replica of the Eiffel Tower covered with flowers and feathers.

The marketing mavens who have built up opening day as an event at which to be seen, make a fashion statement and network among friends and strangers couldn’t have been more pleased.

“It’s the place to be in the world today,” trainer Peter Miller said. “There’s no better party going on. I guarantee it.”

Miller horses won the first two races under jockey Joel Rosario, so you can understand his excitement.

“Pinch me. Pinch me,” he said. “This is unreal. To win back to back … this is the greatest place on Earth for me.”

Rosario won

Chuck Klosterman examines good guys, bad guys in ‘I Wear the Dark Hat’

Most cultural critics have a natural appetite for controversy. But some subjects are so contentious that they strike fear in the most courageous writers. The nightmare scenario: Your editor calls you and says, “Kanye has a new song called ‘Hitler’s Shorty Wants a Corn Dog.’ Can you analyze the intersection of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and phallic meats-on-sticks? We need 800 words in 2 hours.”

To pop cultural critic Chuck Klosterman, this nightmare is more like a daydream. In his new book, “I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling With Villains (Real and Imagined),” he seeks out polarizing public figures including Joe Paterno, rap group N.W.A, Bill Clinton and Andrew Dice Clay, and examines whether the antipathy (or admiration) for them is justified.

Usually, he does this by posing rhetorical questions: If Batman were real, and you knew that a vigilante was killing criminals without due process, would you root for him or want him arrested? What about Bernard Goetz, who became a hero to many New Yorkers in 1985 for stopping four black teenagers from mugging him on the subway (by, uh, shooting them) but who fell out of favor as soon as people figured out he was “weird,” as