Harlem’s Lana Turner’s Hat Collection At Red Rooster

lana-turner-hats-1Lana Turner’s distinctive style has caught the eye of Marcus Samuelsson. Now she’s lending some of her Harlem style to the chef’s Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem, decorating the dining room according to her personal aesthetic. Her extensive hat collection was the starting point.

“It was Marcus, who has seen me over the years in hats and going into events,” Turner explained early one morning of the installation’s genesis. “He’s always like, ‘Oh my God, I love what you have on, I love that hat.’ And over that time he’d say ‘Oh, you know, I want to do something at the restaurant.’”

That inkling has come to fruition with her newly mounted installation. Turner, a life-long Harlem resident, estimates that she has over 500 hats in her personal collection, and around 40 were selected for the Red Rooster showcase.

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