9.09.2009

kiss kiss, pom pom



my husband was out of town last night. all the better for me to indulge in one of my guiltiest pleasures: watching DVR'd episodes of the rachel zoe project. slowly i watch, frame by frame, so as not to miss a single fashion nanosecond. in between multiple pause-asms over taylor's thigh-high louboutins, i find myself strangely intrigued by the hat rachel tries on at diane von furstenberg.



the hats top off DVF's fall 2009 "nomad" collection. it's a look intended for a woman who likely lives nowhere near a kazakh pasture, though that is precisely the inspiration behind it.



DVF reinterprets the ubiquitous russian hat, or ushanka, without a single follicle of fur. instead, she uses a medium more dear to my inner child than silly putty: pom poms.



and that is exactly the genius behind it.





of course, not everyone can pull off this look. but then again, it takes a special kind of je ne sais quoi to pull off any kind of look that truly stands out from the crowd. some may say it takes balls. giant balls of yarn.



inspired to make your own version of DVF's gallinet pom pom hat? there's no better way to use up leftovers from your stash while creating one of fall's most coveted accessories (really, RZ almost walked out the door with hers!) to begin, knit a close-fitting cap. then rock out about 25-30 pom poms. they should be a mix of sizes and mix of solids and multi-colored hues. the first trick is placing them on the cap. (one false move could take you from "how'd she do it?" to "oh no she di'int!") the second trick is growing the kahunas to place the cap on your head and walk out the door in broad daylight. as DVF says of the nomadic woman, "wherever she goes, she belongs. her clothes are her friends." maybe frenemies is more like it.

8 comments:

Mandy said...

But have you seen the Weekend Knits magazine preview from Interweave? EXACT SAME POMPOM HAT. And I am totally making it. Link:

http://www.interweaveknits.com/galleries/bonus/knits-weekend-2009/champagne-fizz-hat.asp

Allyson said...

Mandy! I totally had the same picture in my head while I was reading this blog!

My first instinct was totally ridiculously unwearable. BUT now, of course, it's totally growing on me.

Christie said...
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Christie said...

I feel strangely as if a gauntlet has been thrown down and I must rise to the challenge. I'm already in accessory knitting mode. And I have all my yarny bits and pieces out and about...and there is a DVF store right by me so I can see said hat in person...

clairity123 said...

i'm still trying to figure out knitted leopard spot gauntlet thrown down.

yoel said...

Oh my. I don't have the lady-balls to make such a fearsome thing. But if you can rock it, it's awesome!

Kate said...

Fierce post, K. R. Happy Fashion Week!

Susan Holloway Scott said...

I thought the same thing when I watched this episode: I could make that. Thought the same about the super-long necklaces with the ends hanging down the back. A few big trade-beads, some cording....

The DVF hat is fierce. The Interweave one is just demented, and not in a good way, either.

I've lurked here for ages, but I LOVE your blog. Rachel Zoe AND knitting AND Broadway Joe: too cool.

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