Designers created without borders this season and their runways referenced every inch of the globe, from African tribal prints at Suno and L.A.M.B. to South American brights at Versace and Christopher Kane. But while department stores can translate those trends from runway to real way with wearable offerings, one accessory resists alteration: the turban.
My first exposure to the turban was probably Jafar in "Aladdin." My second? Has to be the always stunning Audrey Hepburn in "Sabrina." Transformed after two years in Paris, Sabrina reveals to an upward-panning camera an elegant skirt suit with matching heels. Atop her head is a white, pleated turban-style skullcap, short hair peeking out alongside gold hoop earrings. I was in awe.
Ever since then I have noticed turbans, most recently on the runways of Jason Wu, Milly by Michelle Smith and Vena Cava. And the knotted fabric has perched on the noggins of celebrities like Selma Hayek and top-tier bloggers alike (check out how Christine from My Style Pill wore hers). There's no denying that this desert garment is heating up.
When questions such as "who would wear that?" and "can real girls pull it off?" surfaced during Fashion Week, I was eager to step up to the challenge.
On a sunny day with spring approaching, I was ready to rock the Casbah in my beaded and sequined number from Topshop. But rather than appearing as though I stepped off the set of "Arabian Nights," I chose a lean maxiskirt and white blouse (both from Forever 21) and a handful of gold rings that matched my statement headgear.
I gave my turban a spin at Washington Square Park. The unofficial quad of New York University is a public park that's home to both Lower East Side hipsters and West Village free spirits. Meaning, it's hard to stand out. But I felt some eyes linger atop my head. And did someone just take my picture?
Because the sun was shining, many park goers were wearing trendy headgear: fedoras, straw hats and beanies, though not a single turban was in sight. I asked what people thought, and it soon became clear that this runway favorite was generally favored by fashionistas. Gentlemen were polite, but I could tell that most were taken aback by my loud choice of headgear.
So check out the above video of me asking strangers in lower Manhattan what they honestly thought of my turban.