In case you missed it, the famous fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld made a fashion statement last month with, of all things, a hula hoop. According to a New York Times article by Caroline Tell (“It’s Been Getting Around”) Lagerfeld “introduced his ridiculously oversize hula-hoop beach bag at a Chanel runway show last month.”
According to the article, it was “Among the most talked-about accessories to emerge from this season’s shows….” But why; Ms. Tells senses that it demonstrates affection for the hula hoop and Pop-Culture in general.
It appears that the hula hoop launched a half century ago is the style du jour. Christie Brinkley, Michelle Obama, Marisa Tomei and Jimmy Fallon are just some of those Hula hooping. And it appears that the toy is going upscale. According to Ms. Tell, there is now a Goat Skin covered Hula hoop.
Should we be surprised by the continuing love for the hula hoop; not really? Toys embrace us in youth and leave their mark. What other toys would make for a fashion statement? It’s something to think about.