Johnny Depp in a Cowboy Hat

Toby Keith Cowboy Hat - The Toyo Outback at HartfordYork.comJohnny Depp, who is usually seen in his tattered fedora, was wearing a black cowboy hat when he joined Marilyn Manson in a concert for Revolver magazine’s Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles.

After viewing the performance of Sweet Dreams as well as a rendition of The Beautiful People, I can honestly say I liked the hat the best. Although Depp’s guitar work rocks, I’m not a big fan of Manson’s shock rock delivery style. Apparently the two are friends, have teamed up before and are in fact performing  together again on the singer’s upcoming album with a version of You’re So Vain by Carly Simon.

The choice of cowboy hat (with large white feather in addition to colorful trim) seems an odd choice for the venue, although the broad brim might have had something to do with it as Depp was performing incognito at first. The man looks good in hats and it was nice to see him in a style I don’t think I’ve seen him in before.

Now, I wonder if Depp would consider playing with someone a tad more tuneful, like Michael Feinstein, Michael Bublé or Harry Connick Jr. Of course, with those fellas, he’d probably need a nice, new fedora.

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National Hat Day and Hat Person of the Year

Well, it’s that time of year again! National Hat Day approaches and with it The Headwear Association would like your vote for the Hat Person of the Year.

Last year, Brad Pitt took the honors, but he’s not even in the running this time. In the men’s corner for the 2011 Hat Person of the Year, the nominees are:

Hugh Jackman Johnny Depp Justin Timberlake

Cast your vote before January 15, 2011 on the homepage of The Headwear Association.

Wonder if some of the Glee cast will be featured next year? Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt Hummel, the beautiful boy with the voice of an angel, wears some pretty nifty hats in the show and Matthew Morrison (who is the teacher and Glee club leader, Will Schuester) seems to have an affinity for hats, even in his personal life.

Chris Colfer as Kurt Matthew Morrison Chris Colfer as Kurt

Also wonder why Mad Men’s Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm) isn’t a nominee? The man can rock a fedora!

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Published in: on January 10, 2011 at 10:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Talking About Matt Bomer aka Neal Caffrey in his hat on White Collar

Men's Christys' London Fur Felt Fedora Hat - The Trilby at HartfordYork.comRecently I asked an online group I subscribe to what they thought of men in hats, and I’d like to cite a response here from 29-year old Mandi, a marketing director in Tulsa, who said:

I think men in hats are extremely sexy! You mentioned Brad Pitt’s newsboy and Johnny Depp’s fedora, but you failed to mention Matt Bomer, as Neal Caffrey on the hit show White Collar on USA. (And no, I don’t work for USA.) He takes the fedora look to whole a new level! I have included a picture for you to admire…. 🙂

I am glad to say that my boyfriend actually GETS that hats are sexy. Of course he loves his old faithful baseball caps, but he can also give Brad Pitt a run for his money in his newsboy hat! And don’t discount the beanie; it’s a great choice when it’s chilly outside. So if your husband/boyfriend hasn’t jumped on the trendy hat bandwagon, tell him it’s time!

I don’t watch much TV, but Mandi wasn’t the only person to mention Matt Bomer (who, for the other person out there who doesn’t know, plays a con artist-turned-FBI informant on White Collar).

DD of Danker PR in Brentwood, Tennessee not only instructed me to watch White Collar because “he wears a hat” but said she too loves men in hats. In fact, DD says she “dated two men that wore hats” and she “loved it”. Why? For the simple reason that “they looked sexy.”

Chiming in from the offices of Maury Rogoff PR in New York, Maury was a little harsher saying:

love men in hats as long as they look EXACTLY LIKE MATT BOMER FROM the USA tv show, WHITE COLLAR. Besides that – – pass.

Gosh, Maury. Not everyone can look like Matt Bomer (or Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp for that matter). But we can wear the same hats!

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Johnny Depp in a fedora

Makins Bu Straw Fedora - The FlatironJohnny Depp looks great in a fedora as bank-robbing legend John Dillinger in Public Enemies.

And, as Parade.com‘s Jeanne Wolf found, Depp admires the famous crook, saying:

Back then the banks were the enemies. We’re learning today that they’ve been the enemies yet again. So when it comes to Dillinger, isn’t it somehow nice to see the underdog kind of take control, even if it was another time?

And now for Johnny Depp’s guide to life:

“Remember that you make your own reality. You don’t have to stay in a little shell that was hammered out for you from childhood. At a certain point you have to come out and live your life the way you want to live it. I had to fight to retain my individuality. It’s just a question of standing straight and saying, ‘No. I’m not going to be what you want me to be. I’m going to be what I want to be.'”

Here’s to straight shooting,
Steve Singer
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Johnny Depp Top Money-Making Star (and I know why)

Men's Indiana Jones Fedora - The Pure Beaver IndyJohnny Depp has been voted the Top Money-Making Star of 2007 in Quigley Publishing Company’s 76th Annual Poll. Tom Cruise, on the other hand, has tumbled to seventh place. The survey is conducted among theater owners who vote for the ten stars they believe generated the most box-office revenue in the preceding year.

I know why Johnny Depp is Number One: it’s the hats. You never see Tom Cruise in a hat. Tom Hanks (a fine actor and director) is, sadly, a hatless man, and thus places a low Number Ten on the Top Dollar List. Denzel Washington, another Hollywood powerhouse, dons headgear only for roles and it shows: he’s right in the middle at Number Five.

My advice to all you movie star wannabees: get your fedora on.

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Top 3 Hat Misconceptions

Classic Hats from Hartford York Hats - Kaminski Hand Woven Raffia Sun Hat - The MarsellaThis little list won’t change beliefs, but I’m determined to put it out there nonetheless. Fight me if you must.

1. Hats Are For Old People

I think this mistaken belief has been pretty well disproved by the young celebrities who are consistently photographed wearing hats of all shapes and styles. From Johnny Depp and the Olsen twins to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, fedoras, porkpies and cowboy hats have made a huge mainstream comeback.

Don’t get me wrong: hats are for old people too. Willy Nelson just looks so much better in his western hats than bareheaded – and, although he’ll never be a truly attractive fella, Billy Joel‘s new album cover shows him quite presentable in his stingy brim.

2. Regular People Don’t Wear Hats

Look around next time you’re at the beach, ball game or when you’re going fishing. These are “regular people” activities, and it’s likely that a large percentage of those around you are in hats. Once people are comfortable in summer hats and ball caps, it’s just a matter of time before they graduate to a more sophisticated look and incorporate headwear into their work-a-day lives.

3. Hats Go Out Of Style Too Quickly

Oh well, you got me there! I’m kidding of course–hats have been around as long as people, and styles haven’t changed all that much. The cloche comes to mind as a modern spin on a medieval concept. For over a hundred years, we’ve had the cowboy and western hats in pretty much the same mode; the fedora and bowler haven’t changed silhouettes, nor has the walking hat deviated from its roots.

If you’ve got a classic hat, well-made and cared for, it’s timeless (sort of like me).

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Best Celebrity Hat-Wearers

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According to a British poll, Prince William’s ex-girlfriend, Kate Middleton, is the top celebrity hat-wearer in 2007.

The article, called Kate Wears Her Hat Well, goes on to say that:

Ms Middleton beat off stiff competition from Victoria Beckham – who has sported more subtle caps recently – and William’s step-mother the Duchess of Cornwall.

Also listed among the female winners were Nell McAndrew and Hollywood star Jennifer Lopez.

After sporting a hat on-screen and off-screen, Johnny Depp was crowned best hat-wearing male. The Captain Jack Sparrow actor finished above Justin Timberlake – who often sports a vintage-looking hat with his on-stage outfits.

David Beckham, Boy George and Prince Harry made up the rest of the top five. Some obvious choices for hat wearers seemed to be missed off the list, including trilby-sporting Pete Doherty and his girlfriend Kate Moss.

*cough* Boy George?

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Generation of Sun-Shunners Wears Hats

Straw Fedoras from Hartford York Hats - Makins Summer Straw Fedora Hat for Men and WomenYounger people, especially women, have been raised to shun the sun. In addition to wearing baseball caps and visors for sports, they’re putting on newsboys and cabbie-style hats as well as oversized berets, says Deborah Rudinski of trend strategist firm Henry Doneger Associates.

I think I knew that. And I’d like to add something. (No comments from the peanut gallery, please).

With Johnny Depp and Justin Timberlake et al representing young men in hats, bad girl Britney Spears continues her very public love affair with fedoras (great look!) paired with short shorts and cowboy boots (*shudder*). The always classy Nicole Kidman is another celebrity often pictured shading her fair skin with broad brimmed sun hats.

We are indeed seeing the rebirth of the hat as an integral part of the wardrobe–but this time round, I think it won’t be as much as uniform as a joyful statement of individuality.

Make your statement!

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