Just like the scene in the 1996 film Fargo. The one in which Peter Stormare’s sinister meathead is feeding Steve Buscemi into a wood chipper? Cast your mind away from the resulting bloody slurry and instead towards the excellent hat Stormare had perched precariously on his head.
That hat, by way of its furry lining, retractable ear covering flaps and detachable front lip, is known as a “trapper” or, in Russia, a “ushanka”.
Originally worn by outdoor labourers, soldiers and – trappers, working in deep-frost temperatures, trapper hats, as it turns out, were also a surprisingly prominent feature on both the SS19 and AW19 runways.
The best could be found at Prada, which show was a mix of those famous “ugly prints” that somehow look great. Puffy trapper hats went from solid black to graphic patterns to dressier brocades. Large logos kept them sporty.
More recently, at the AW19 shows, Paul Smith sent out a series of brightly coloured faux-fur ushanka-style hats.
If you fancy getting in on the trapper trend, do it now, while the weather allows. The key to wearing a trapper, is to make more like Prada and less like Stormare.
Or if you go for the full Fargo hitman/lumberjack look and team a classic fur-lined trapper with a padded plaid overshirt, a vest and a pair of heavy duty selvedge jeans. Wood chipper optional.