>> I may be jumping the gun (just slightly) by talking about a trend for fall when it's 100 degrees outside, but I just couldn't resist. Especially when I saw it pop up atop Kate Moss' head during a photoshoot for a Japanese commercial (left).
There was definitely a strong Russian influence on the runway for the Fall/Winter Collections. Costume National, for one, had plenty of tasseled passementerie, luxe furs and velvets, and my personal favorite, the Cossack-like fur toque (above right). Maybe it's because the hat just looks so cozy, or more likely, in wearing it, I could fantasize about being in my own version of that lovely movie Doctor Zhivago.
I'd be willing to bet that toques are going to be all over the place, come the first freeze, because they're already all over the pages of the July 2005 ELLE. The faux-fur toque on the left featured is...how do crazy kids say it these days? Ah, yes..."hella cheap" ($8 at H&M). The toque-like hat with the fur Dumbo ears on the right (which is still cute) is not so cheap, but then it has real fox fur ($450 at J. Crew). Of course, neither are stocked yet, as we are still in...a-hem...June. What can I say, I like to be on top of things. So, ladies, I leave you with this piece of advice: Come fall, talk the toque, and walk the walk.