Rare colour photos of slum life in 1960s Manchester
The late Manchester street photographer Shirley Baker captured scenes of family life in some of the poorest neighbourhoods during the 1960s. Rather than depicting sadness and deprivation, however, the images show a certain “joie de vivre.” Anna Douglas, curator of a forthcoming exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, explains how Shirley Baker celebrated life with her lens.
If the baker boy cap fits: the hat Kate Moss, David Beckham and Bella Hadid have fallen for
A hat, when worn without uniform or as protection from extreme weather, is no unremarkable outfit addition but a loaded statement that screams: “Look at me, I’m wearing a hat.” Never let anyone sporting a rainbow-trimmed fedora tell you otherwise.
As proof of this, the catwalk surrounds of Milan and Paris are the perfect place to witness such antics, with hats worn as badges of honour very much de rigueur.
Once a method of disguise, titfers - be they big and bouncy or petit and perfectly poised - are the exhibitionist’s accessory of choice.
This explains why celebrities - contradictory characters who enjoy standing out from the crowd just a little bit more than they do revelling in anonymity - are rarely seen without the proverbial cherry atop their noggins, with beanies, baseball caps and trilbies among the hats of choice.
This season there’s a new crowning glory in the mix with baker boy caps - think the Hovis lad - very much the top of the toppers. A long-standing favourite with the Beckham brood - David’s got them in a host of colours with eldest son Brooklyn following in his footsteps - the baker is the current hat of choice for Kate Moss and Bella Hadid, who has rarely been spotted without one in recent months.
Its appeal is that it’s the cool girls’ hat of choice - KM doesn’t do naff - and the result, when worn well, is a look that’s more Edie Sedgwick than exhibitionist.
Does this mean the rest of us mere mortals should attempt to join the baker boy on his rounds? Most definitely not. But this hat is more wearable than most, so if you do feel your head is in desperate need of decor this is your way in.
To pull off this style it’s imperative that you pay close attention to the rest of your look in order to avoid leaving the house resembling a walking cliché. This means men must avoid padded jackets or head-to-toe tweed should East End barrow boy or the chauffeur from Downton not be their style inspiration. Similarly women should bypass bell-bottom denim and extensive fringing to avoid being mistaken for a poor man’s Pamela des Barres.
Instead, as with most slightly adventurous accessory choices, it pays to keep the accompaniments as simple as possible - crew-neck sweaters are your baker boy’s friend, as are classic white T-shirts and oversized blazers.
When well executed, the baker boy oozes Gallic savoir faire (witness Julie Restoin Roitfeld) as a result, a classic Breton top and a flick of thick eyeliner are also thoroughly acceptable accoutrements.