Kate Moss declares hats are ‘over’ as she embraces balaclavas for summer

Are BALACLAVAS set to be summer’s hottest trend? Fashion icon Kate Moss declares hats are ‘over’ as she takes a leaf out of Kanye West’s style book

While they may once have been associated with armed robbers or the Crimean war, it seems the balaclava is now the hottest new trend for summer. 

In recent months the full face covering has had a revival as the must-have fashion accessory, and even style icon Kate Moss has given the quirky look her seal of approval. 

The 48-year-old supermodel has revealed that she’s ‘over’ wearing hats and recently splashed out on the wooly headgear, despite the recent surge in temperatures. 

What a balaclava! Fashion icon Kate Moss has declared that hats are 'over' and that she recently splashed out on a balaclava, despite the recent rise in temperatures

What a balaclava! Fashion icon Kate Moss has declared that hats are ‘over’ and that she recently splashed out on a balaclava, despite the recent rise in temperatures 

Speaking to Dazed magazine, she was asked whether hats are ‘chic’ and said: ‘Oh, trilby? Not pork pie? Pork pie… not chic! Fedora? Chic. Hmmm. No hang on. No fedora, not really. 

‘I’m a bit over hats. But oh! I did buy a balaclava. Amazing! A striped balaclava from Marc Jacobs the other day. Gorj! For me and Lila! [her daughter, 19, with ex Jefferson Hack.’ 

Although traditionally used to obscure one’s identity, Kate insisted she hadn’t bought a balaclava to hide herself, as she prefers to just be ‘normal’.

Kanye see in that thing? Kanye West is also a fan of the item, opting to wear a balaclava while running errands and even when heading out for dinner

Kanye see in that thing? Kanye West is also a fan of the item, opting to wear a balaclava while running errands and even when heading out for dinner

She said: ‘I like to be able to walk down the street with my dogs. I do it every day. I don’t do, like, sunglasses and hats and security guards. I walk down the street by myself with my dogs. And nobody looks. Someone might ask for a picture, and I just say no.

‘I’ve been around a lot of people [who try to disguise themselves] and the more they do it, the more attention they get.’

Balaclavas got their name from their use at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War of 1854, where British troops there wore knitted headgear to keep warm.

Under wraps: Last year, Kim Kardashian's headline-grabbing Balenciaga couture catsuit and head covering saw searches for the garment increase by 62 percent within 48 hours

Under wraps: Last year, Kim Kardashian’s headline-grabbing Balenciaga couture catsuit and head covering saw searches for the garment increase by 62 percent within 48 hours

Yet in recent months you’d be more likely to see the headgear on the red carpet instead of in the trenches. 

Last year, Kim Kardashian’s headline-grabbing unconventional anti-fashion statement at Met Gala – a bizarre Balenciaga couture catsuit and head covering, saw searches for the garment increase by 62 percent within 48 hours.

Meanwhile, her estranged husband Kanye West is also a fan of the item, opting to wear one while running errands and even when heading out for dinner.  

Low-key: Justin Bieber donned a balaclava when he performed during the The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion

Low-key: Justin Bieber donned a balaclava when he performed during the The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion

While Prada’s co-creative director Raf Simons has incorporated them in his collections since the early 2000s, other designer brands have since jumped on the bandwagon.

Balaclavas have played a starring role in collections from the likes of Stella McCartney and Stone Island, with prices starting from £150. 

Meanwhile, Givenchy which is selling a £340 mesh-mohair balaclava featuring built-in horns and Cecilie Bahnsen’s £305 version, which has a frilly neck.

If it's good enough for Queen Bey: Beyonce wore a balaclava for her Adidas x Ivy Park advert last year, matching the headpiece to her collection

If it’s good enough for Queen Bey: Beyonce wore a balaclava for her Adidas x Ivy Park advert last year, matching the headpiece to her collection 

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