Vintage Hat Friday

Good morning hat enthusiasts!  Thank you for taking the time to look at my collection…my vintage hat posts have been such a great way for me to learn more about it.  I have found treasures that I didn’t know I had and I am so pleased to share them with you each Friday.   

Today I share a unique design by Legroux Soeurs from Paris, which dates from the early 1940s.  A label by G. Howard Hodge label also accompanies this piece. As I understand it, some famous makers received permission to “copy” certain French designs.

This vivid navy wool hat is adorned with two heavy veils that can be styled in so many unique ways.  It also features a strap in the back to help anchor and secure the hat to the head.  I could see Rhianna bringing this vintage piece back to life.  What do you think?  

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In-Studio Perspectives

Every day is a new challenge. A customer came in with an “old” fur hat that is just too large for her tiny frame. But it matches the fur coat she just had tailored so she wants the hat to be re-styled too.

Together, we decided a baseball hat profile would be really cute. But rather than cut into her fur hat (which looks very well made and was likely quite expensive), I first decided to make a prototype with faux fur.

The “leopard” hat below is the prototype and I think it is super cute. The large brown hat is the “before” hat that belongs to the customer. Stay tuned…I’ll be bringing you a photo of

Faux fur hat Prototype

Faux fur hat Prototype

the restyled hat in a future post. My biggest challenge is that the real fur is much longer than the faux, so the hat is going to be quite round and puffy. But I think (hope!) it’s going to be adorable. The customer and I discussed that once I cut into the hat there’s no going back. Fortunately, she’s so easy going that she said it’s only sitting on a shelf and won’t be worn like it is now, and that she’s certain I can make it work. I appreciate her confidence in me!

Customer's Fur Beret to be restyled

Customer’s Fur Beret to be restyled

Style Monday

Good morning!  I have enjoyed taking note of the latest style trends, whether seen in the US or abroad.  Last week I highlighted the beautiful Duchess Kate and she’s a tough act to follow. But then I remembered that these posts are about style and its many forms.  Everyone has his or her own way of expressing individuality. 

Lady Gaga is the perfect example of individuality and style, whether you like what she wears or not.  Gaga is on the March cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine and makes quite a stir (as usual) with her style choices.  You may have heard that some of her wardrobe pieces are being auctioned off for charity…any of my style followers making a bid?

Photos from Harper’s Bazaar

Lady Gaga

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Vintage Hat Friday

Good morning hat enthusiasts!  I hope that your week went well and that you continue to find new ways to express your style.  This week’s post may give you the courage to wear feathers anywhere…even the local grocery store. Exaggerated feathers seem to be inspiring me lately…I guess I have Kentucky Derby on the brain and feathers are such a fun and whimsical addition to any hat. 

Today’s beautiful piece, known back in the day as a cocktail hat, is styled to look almost like a wig.  Interesting to think that people actually wore this type of hat when going out for drinks and dinner.

Although this hat is absent of a label, it doesn’t lack flair or charm.  It’s embellished with a pearl brooch that adds a touch of glitz to this already lovely piece.  This hat is the second hat featured in my collection that has the small piece of circular netting at the back that helps secure it to the head.  This hat makes me want to put on a little black dress and drink a martini – shaken, not stirred, of course!

Feather Hat Front

Feather Hat Front

Feather Hat side

Feather Hat side

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In-Studio Perspectives

 Hello Lovers of Everything Millinery,

As a member of the Milliners Guild of New York, I am participating in an exhibition in White Plains. It’s based on a program the Guild initiated over a year ago, called “One block, many milliners.” The challenge was for each milliner to block one straw hat and one felt hat on the same block, which was passed from milliner to milliner over the course of a few months. The hats – which don’t even remotely look alike – are on display along with other couture hats by select milliners. I’m honored to be a part of it!

The exhibition is at Arts Westchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY. It runs through April 12th. If you’re able to attend, please let me know your thoughts! I’m sure it’s an amazing display.Hatitude exhibition

Style Monday

Good morning fellow hat lovers!  Today’s style search takes us to Great Britain.

When thinking about modern-day style, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is top of mind.  HRH wore this lovely silk Jenny Packham gown to the Portrait Gala 2014, but the main attraction was the 1930s Cartier necklace containing 38 diamonds with a 13-karat emerald cut diamond pendant – truly fit for a future queen.  Aside from the jewels and gown, Kate is a wonderful example of how a beautiful smile and confidence is an irresistible combination.

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Photos from Wonderwall

Vintage Hat Friday

Good morning hat collectors!  Today I bring you a sweet, romantic piece for Valentine’s Day. Sometimes when I look at my collection I wonder what the previous owner envisioned when she purchased each hat.  This rings true for today’s feature: a tri-corne brown wool hat with fabulous black ostrich feathers.  Every detail brings to life the culture of French and Spanish history.  I feel like this piece is all romance and elegance, especially with a sweeping veil across the front. And the feathers…all I can say is wow. Whoever burned and shaped them was quite skilled.

This hat was designed by Lydia.  I couldn’t find much about her other than she designed in the 1950s, although today’s hat style originated with the Spanish military in the 18th century and was originally designed as a rain hat with the rain falling off the corners away from the face. The shape has been worn throughout history by men and women alike. I hope that you enjoyed this historical stroll!

Vintage Hat by Lydia

Vintage Hat by Lydia

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