Last week’s High Line Hat Party gleefully advertised itself as a “clothing optional, hats required” fashion-forward soiree – the sort of fashionably festive Gotham social event where participants feel compelled to put on a show. Though we didn’t attend, we’re crowning the sweeping fluidity of Zaha Hadid Architects‘ 3D-printed H-Line Hat as “best in show”.
Mirroring the undulating interlocking chevrons of Zaha Hadid Architects’ 520 West 28th’s steel facade, the H-Line looks particularly inspired by the architecture when placed upon a surface.
The complex computer-aided weaves and waves characteristic of the late architect Zaha Hadid’s work is on full display in hat form, a fashionable reference to the sweeping steel facade of the firm’s recently completed 11-story 520 West 28th luxury condo development – the lone NYC project attributed to the late architect, Zaha Hadid. ZHA director Patrik Schumacher’s 3D-printed nylon hat takes on some of the same curvature of the inspiring architecture, swept up dramatically and flourished with an electric blue across its brim.
The H-Line Hat joins a handful of other hat designs (one nearly as architecturally aspirational), each special edition inspired by New York’s 1.45-mile-long elevated greenway and auctioned by the non-profit Friends of the High Line for fundraising purposes, though none as majestically impressive as the blue and white 3D spectacle of Zaha Hadid Architects.