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‘Weird and Wacky design: If you want to get ahead get a hat!’

Posted in DESIGN, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , on January 16, 2010 by echostains
 

dunn and co beautiful hats

If you want to get ahead – get a hat, so the old saying goes.  Apparently the saying is an old advertising pun, used by Dunn and Co in the 1940s.  In those days everyone wore hats.  In the 60s my father still wore a Trilby.  He looked very smart.  Old women still wore hat’s, middle-aged one wore rollers in their hair with a scarf tied over them.  In fact head scarves were worn by a lot of women in their late 20s and thirties – usually housewives. Having a bad hair day? why not wear this hat from  Nagi Noda.  How bad does your hair have to be ? great creative fun though

 

Ascot hats, well where else would you wear this?

The only time you saw outrageous hats was at Ascot but now they can be seen all the year-round.  I must confess to have never have seen a really outrageous hat in life (apart from the odd Easter Bonnet competition) and they are still doing it!  This looks like an oversize bendy curler – I wonder if it does bend?

 

horsey hat worn at ascot

I rather like this horsy hat.  It was actually worn at Ascot.  There are some  fabulous Ascot hats here.  It’s a wonder anyone watches the horses at all – the hats are very diverting and attention grabbing. 

 

ash Tray Hat, a bad habit to get into

As for this one – why swap one bad habit for another, that’s what I say!

Weird hat from bored HERE

Gorgeous vintage items on THIS blog

A plethora of seriously wacky hats HERE

 

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Weird and Whacky Designs: Handbags at Dawn?

Posted in DESIGN, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , on July 8, 2009 by echostains

decapitated head bag.......er WHY?

decapitated head bag.......er WHY?

It’s amazing how innovative handbags have become now.  Some of them are quite disturbing, like this decapitated head one.  How weird is this?  there is something quite Medieval about it…..

ugly toad purse (free prince offer)

ugly toad purse (free prince offer)

And what about this ugly toad one?  I wonder if it turns into a handsome prince at midnight?………… one can only wish!

computer keyboard handbag, I LOVE this!

computer keyboard handbag, I LOVE this!

I quite like this keyboard one though!  I could defintely see myself with this one, it’s so cute!  These weird and whacky handbags and many others can be found HERE

Read my post about other weird handbags HERE

If you liked this post – there’s more where this came from!  Go to my home page and look in my Categories, click on ‘WEIRD AND WHACKY DESIGN’

Not too busy to stop for Tea….

Posted in DESIGN, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , , on February 27, 2009 by echostains
blighty-ad-but where?

blighty-ad-but where?

I have been SO busy this week, I’ve not stopped!  I’ve hardly had time to blog even.  I need to get round to the magician part of page 19 in my Altered art book, but not had the time (plus I blog in advance as it is!).  I can’t remember which shop window I snapped this Blight Advert (Blighty is a new TV channel by the way).  I just LOVE the teapot!

blighty-ad-teapot detail

blighty-ad-teapot detail

 Also out and about Manchester town centre today I snapped this in the Harvey Nichols shop window.  I LOVE their window displays!

harvey-nicks-shop-window-today

harvey-nicks-shop-window-today