Winters in New York are particularly harsh. It gets so bitingly cold there is a term I like to use: “the piranhas are eating my face.”
Well on this particular night in Brooklyn this January, I was getting my face mauled. I was there to meet Trivial designer Neon at his workshop and I could barely operate my phone to look up the map to get to his apartment. But I was determined to meet him as I fell for his fascinator hats after seeing them in Laforet at BeautiK.
They are extremely light for one, and even easier to slip on since they are worn like headbands. They are generally made just in white and black hat mesh (with a dash of blood. err… red.) and have a medieval space princess/sorceress vibe going on with a heavy dose of punk panache. And the designer’s name is Neon. I knew I needed to meet this guy.
A few emails later and I was in Brooklyn in his showroom / kitchen surrounded by a crowd of personalities that were looking for a head to occupy. There was an old analog TV on the floor playing a disturbing film of black and white images through static. Neon set his hats up in between photos of his muses, some particularly interesting artwork (if you don’t like clowns, don’t look below) and accomplishments.
Those accomplishments include a huge presence in Sex and the City 2 movie (the wedding) and being a good friend to Patricia Field. Check out this photo of her on his fridge of a hat he made her for Halloween. If you tilt your head you’ll see it’s of Patricia herself smoking a cigarette.
Neon was super temperate, and spoke like an artisan. “I don’t want to compromise quality. Everything is made by hand with couture millinery techniques and the best materials.” Between making hats that are featured in magazines like V and LOVE, Neon plays in several bands and makes his own and others’ costumes.
It’s fitting that he does music because he has friends in high places there. I leave you with this snapshot of Neon with Courtney Love in his kitchen sweeping his floor. That’s getting kudos.
My favorite parts of his collection 最も好きなコレクションの一部