LOS ANGELES - The world's top women's fashion designers have focused all their creativity onto a new headwear trend started by Paris Hilton.
Since her release from jail, the Hilton heiress has undergone a transformation that has given the long-dead millinery business a much-needed jump start. In recent decades, women wearing hats have been limited to the British Royal family, a few hundred pretenders at the annual Kentucky Derby, and those women wearing hardhats in the construction trades.
In an effort to connect with the masses of common folk, Paris Hilton has single-handedly revived the babushka type headscarf. "You can make a babushka out of any old designer gown you find in one of your closets. I've even made babushkas from cashmere sweaters I found in my rag bag. Just about any old thing will do."
Young women and trendy teens from Paris to Tokyo have jumped on the babushka bandwagon resulting in hundreds of babushka boutiques. Many of the new stores carry the official Paris Hilton babushka line. But there is one place which seems to be resisting the new trend: most old women in Moscow are refusing to join the revolution in headscarfs. "I wouldn't be caught dead in that shmatta!"