Runway Headgear: From Classic to Fantastical

From basic berets to hair-raising helmets, one of the most pervasive trends across the last fashion month was the headpieces on the runways.

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From basic berets to hair-raising helmets, one of the most pervasive trends across the last fashion month was the headpieces on the runways. The title of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's show was "Woman Ray," and the models on the runway wore both clothing and fantastical hats printed with images from Man Ray photographs.
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At Burberry Prorsum in London, an outdoorsy vibe was topped off with cowhide scally caps.
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Coming to New York to show her fall collection, Victoria Beckham extended her minimalist silhouette to tight, black skull bonnets with chin straps.
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Marc Jacob's aggressive, retro-inspired fall collection debuted in New York, with models donning polka-dotted pillboxes atop their super-slick ponytails.
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Over in Milan, Mila Schon accessorized with loosely draped fabric toppers color-coordinated with the neutral palette.
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Thierry Mugler celebrated a smashing comeback under the jurisdiction of Nichola Formichetti, whose star model was Lady Gaga, beneath a wide-brim saucer hat with a billowing fabric train.
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Taking a slightly more ferocious turn at Mugler, Jessica Stam paired her sheer ensemble with sharp monster-rodent ears made of hair.
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John Galliano took inspiration from the '30s, juxtaposing a masculine felt hat with a feminine ensemble.
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The most radical headgear could be seen, not surprisingly, at Vivienne Westwood at London fashion week. Models wore bedazzled face nets laid over an army helmet brought from the barracks to the runway.
Anna Sui showed models wearing cat hats in her Fall 2011 collection, which matched neatly with her textured coats.
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Another wild adventure in accessorizing at Vivienne Westwood, with hair and camouflage paint adding to the look.
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Lace was one of the most prominent trends on Jason Wu's opulent Fall 2011 runway, where some of the models even donned dramatic lace veils.
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Lanvin played with millinery, putting Karlie Kloss in a girlish, over-sized bow headband.
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On the other end of the spectrum at Lanvin were wide-brim gaucho hats, pairing beautifully with the delicate femininity, and adding an air of intrigue.
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A pattern-coordinated helmet at Vivienne Westwood.
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A hat piled with an eclectic pile of pieces, playing off exaggerated face paint.
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Sonia Rykiel did what she did best, injecting playfulness into the supremely chic, right up to the top.
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The John Galliano collection got an added boost of over-the-top glamour from rather British millinery, including this curling bejeweled headpiece.
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Another Galliano hat, combining slightly eccentric drama with uber-rich satin and fur, for a truly ladylike statement.
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Givenchy went geek with thick glasses and the oh-so-quirky riding helmets with kitten ears.
Suno put its print on a sporty-luxe cap-hood hybrid.
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Alexander Wang gave his collection just a tiny hint of sweetness with a pair of puffy (and, perhaps, practical) earmuffs in monochromatic gray.
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