By Megan Quitkin
Updated September 14, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Davy Crockett, fashion muse? Having restyled the cowboy hat for last season (see Madonna’s Music), designers are now pushing luxe versions of Crockett’s trademark coonskin cap. The pricey toppers (from $925 to $2,500) from Prada, J. Mendel, Daryl K, and Dolce & Gabbana, among others, are expected to cause a stampede once the weather turns chilly—the economy be damned. ”Fur has become an increasingly [important] layer in the fashion world,” says J. Mendel’s Gilles Mendel. ”It’s a magical fabric….Fur hats add a luxurious touch to whatever you wear.” Unless, of course, you’re from PETA.