Hot Fuss: £15 for a Pierrot Inspired Clown Hat?!

By Rachael Gibson

There’s been a lot of talk on the fashion blogosphere this week about Topshop’s decision to sell a Pierrot-inspired clown hat. I kind of get the point that it’s a bit overpriced at £15 – it is essentially felt, cardboard, and a pom pom or two, and anyone with a remotely crafty gene could probably whip it up for 1/5 of the price at home. Alternatively, you could probably find yourself something similar at your fancy dress store for mere pennies.

I for one have numerous accessories bought in party shops or in Woolworths around Halloween time. My favourite skull earrings were from a Trick or Treat party bag and I have a fabulous pair of fake Raybans that started life as a Blues Brothers themed costume kit – there’s no shame in fancy dress as everyday wear!

All of which leads me back (in a roundabout way) to the Topshop clown hat in question. I’m not 100% sure why everyone’s got their panties in a twist about it. OK, so I wouldn’t pay £15 for it, but would I wear it? Hell yeah! Fashion is, in every sense of the word, about dressing up. Sure, it’s a multi-billion pound industry, but it’s also an excuse to wear nice stuff, look a bit silly, and, most importantly, have fun whilst doing so.

Why else would people parade down the catwalk in haute couture gowns that incorporate scaffolding, horses heads, strap-ons and all matter of other paraphernalia? It’s fun, innit. It’s about dressing up, and looking fabulous whilst doing so.

No-one actually takes fashion seriously, and if they do, well good for them. They’ve got more money than sense and probably live in a house made of gold with diamonds for windows. I’ve worked in “the industry” for some time now and the most powerful players I’ve met over the years have had a serious dose of snark with their style.

I’m not naming names, but I spent one happy afternoon in the office not so long ago watching a certain fashion editor prance around in a Dolce & Gabbana space suit, complete with helmet, so, y’know, just because they write about hem lengths and heel heights, doesn’t mean they actually take it seriously.

Ladies (and hell, gents too); if you want to spend £15 of your well-earned money on a Pierrot hat, do it. It’s your money, it’s your life, and if you want to live it dressed a clown, then good for you. Just go easy on the make-up.

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 10:59 (GMT+01)
1 Response

'Fashion is, in every sense of the word, about dressing up', I totally agree! Still can't see myself in a clown hat though, perhaps a tutu?

Fri, 29-Aug-2008 10:18 GMT

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