Fashion: Mad About Hats

Milliner Philip Treacy's fantastic creations are real head turners

It's hard to hate hats but easy to feel no need for them. Milliner Philip Treacy understands this. He knows that the hat, unlike, say, the shirt, is an object less of necessity and more of desire. But so deeply does the Irish-born designer love hats that he wants to inspire everyone to dress headfirst. Thus, when Treacy (pronounced Trace-ee) stages a hat show, as he did last week in New York City, there's nary a beret in sight. Instead, he sent down the runway a variety of head cases that included a Day-Glo blue sea anemone on Viagra, bottom left.

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