I wouldn’t describe Thea Tamura’s new hat-with-hair creation as bizarre, but it certainly isÂ unusual.Â To me the design looks and feels more Baroque or Rococo (albeit stylized), even Romantic. Â (I could easily see Shelley wearing this hat in less anguished moments.)Â However, Thea herself has called it her “Bizarre Hat.”Â It’s simple and direct, so who am I to judge?Â
The hat I picked up for myself is the BlackÂ style, probably the most sober of the twelve different variations.Â You can choose from seven simpler solidÂ colors and five more elaborate fabric textures.Â Â The Black hat’s base texture is a medium-grain leather, while some others have a linen fabricÂ look.Â All the styles are clearly pictured on their vendors, so you can see how each style is finished.
Although Thea’s shop features designs for women, these hats are are neither specifically feminine nor masculine.Â Each comes as a set that includes hats with hair, hats with hair and scripted dreads, and a “plain” hat without hair.Â The hairstyle is the casual, gender-neutral shaggy style you see here, and you can choose from Black, BlondeÂ andÂ Red.Â The height and shape of the hat make it fairly easy to wear with your own hair without prim strands showing through–I tried several of my favorite styles and spotted far fewer “stray prims” than I would have expected.Â I’m not sure how often I’ll wear the dreads, but it’s always nice to have more choices, and they are flexi and kind of fun.Â The dreads are scripted so you can choose from 11 different colors and textures via touch menu.
Permissions are Modify / Copy / No Transfer.Â Thea’s Bizarre Hats are priced at L$300 each; a demo is available in the shop, so you can try one on first.Â Available at Thea Tamura Fashion (Westbury 26, 140, 47).
I have to say a quick word or two about the shirt I’m wearing, although you can’t really see much of it in these close-ups.Â It’s called Flesh Mechanic, which makes me think of the intermittent series of “esoteric art films” that screened in the Student Union when I was in college.Â The mesh fabric texture is nicely done, with good transparency that leaves less to the imagination the closer you zoom.Â It’sÂ one of the sexier things I’ve seen lately.Â The design is by Eden Minton, and it’s available at MUWU.