I’d reckon that I see a photo of Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid on my Instagram Explore feed at least once a day. While this might reveal more about my personal algorithm more than anything else, it still feels safe to say that they are one of the most stylish celebrity couples we’ve got. Like clockwork, the pair were spotted out in London today, wearing outfits that were, characteristically, both sort of matching and seasonally inappropriate. The pièce de résistance of their late-summer attire? Coordinated crochet bucket hats. (They were also accompanied by at least one other bucket-wearing friend, though that third hat was regrettably not made of yarn.)
As Sophie Kemp chronicled for GQ earlier this year, the crochet hat transcended its previously hippie-dippy designation and took off into the Instagram influencer stratosphere over the course of quarantine. As at-home DIY-ers put their crochet hooks to work, churning out homespun headwear and selling it online, designers and stylists took note. Sure, it’s kinda twee, but there’s also something very Venice Beach about it all: a little grunge, a little cutesy, a little SCOBY-core. There’s just something about pairing a handmade crochet hat with a Balenciaga biker jacket and a Flintstones tee—or a slouchy cardigan and a cigarette—that makes sense.
It’s possible that Hadid, who is the younger brother of Gigi and Bella, simply borrowed his girlfriend’s checkered Cowgrl Crochets bucket, which she’d previously worn poolside on vacation in Albania. Who knows, maybe they’ve got two of these hats—he has worn this one before! (Plus, to add more anecdotal evidence to Kemp’s theory: Maisy Crawford, the West London-based designer and Central Saint Martins student behind Cowgrl Crochets, writes on her site that “[t]he idea for Cowgrl came to Maisy after Boris announced the ‘end of lockdown’ date.”) Either way, kudos to Lipa’s stylist Lorenzo Posocco, who is almost certainly helping to carry this genderless trend into the colder months of the year, when it actually makes sense to wear a snug knitted hat on one’s shivering noggin.