By Chantal Brocca
You know you want to try them. They’re chic, they’re handy, and they hide the worst of bad hair days: turbans. Want to team them with old overalls and printed trainers? Sure, you’re still chic. Your mom’s discarded clothes from the 80’s? That’s chique with a Q. And just in time to prove my point, the streets of Paris were littered with them this Fashion Week. Perhaps I simply didn’t notice them before, but once I zoned into this trend, it seemed like they appeared in the unlikeliest of places (the duty free section at the airport for one – almighty home of corporate perfumes and sweatpants).
You all have eyes, and know that Western fashion in particular has tended to borrow an interesting variety of styles from many different cultures all over the world, starting way back before photography was even thinkable. Clearly, turbans were originally a practical and religious garment for many Eastern civilizations. Different colours, patterns and fabrics denoted country of origin as indelibly tied to traditional ceremonies, as well as status and level of education.