Wow, look at these fabulous images from German Vogue. Designs by Dolce & Gabbana. Clearly not a typical look for Northeast Ohio, but what a fantasy…you’ll see much more sedate florals this spring in ready-to-wear. What fun it would be to have such artistic license!
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda by Luigi & Lango
Photos uploaded from Google search: Vogue Germany 2014 Dolce & Gabbana
Today’s hat is so well made that I’m surprised there isn’t a label in it. Perhaps there was at some point. That’s the mystery of vintage. I’m guessing this to be 1950s.
This is a very finely woven straw picture hat. Please notice the intricate straw embellishments around the crown. These items were made by very skilled hands. And I love the straw braid band around the brim. Such an elegant piece.
I recently had the pleasure of making a hat for a customer who went to Camden, South Carolina last weekend for one of the most important steeplechases of the yearly calendar, the popular Carolina Cup.
According to the website, The Cup is held at Springdale Race Course, situated just on the outskirts of town. Interestingly, in a state where pari-mutuel betting is not allowed, more than 60,000 people routinely show up and have a wonderful time at the races. Clearly, going racing in the South is not just about the chance to win a bet.
My customer decided to wear a pretty floral dress in shades of coral, pink, orange and deep chocolate brown. She didn’t want a large brim hat so we designed this one-of-a-kind piece just for her. It was the perfect complement!
I take a departure from hats and clothing today to show you a few of the new pieces in Manolo Blahnik’s Spring/Summer collection. These shoes are amazing! These photos were reposted from another blogger: A Stairway to Fashion.
Today’s entry is in response to last Friday’s post, where I featured a glorious hat by Laddie Northridge. A member of the Mad Hatters Society on Facebook shared a photo of her Laddie hat, a black version of today’s hat, although it looks as if hers has a larger crown. Today’s featured hat does not have a label inside so I don’t know who designed it.
The hat featured below is so unique! I wonder where the original owner wore it. And I’d love to have seen her entire outfit. It’s clearly a high-quality hat; the base is a beautiful beaver fur felt with a lovely sheen that’s surrounded by many hand-curled burnt ostrich feathers that were sewn on by hand, along with the narrow satin band and bow. If you’ve never tried sewing feathers to a hat, let me tell you it’s a challenge – they definitely have a mind of their own. All I can say is Wow!
It’s a busy time in the studio as I prepare to send a slew of hats to Louisville, Kentucky. I’ll have some of my hats for sale at Clay and Cotton, a boutique with cool clothing and home accessories. If you’re going to be in Louisville anytime soon, be sure to stop in. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the details…
And if you’re going to the Derby or a party here in town that requires a fabulous hat, be sure to contact me soon!
Berets were featured on the runway for Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2014 Polo collection at New York Fashion Week. He describes the 2014 women’s collection as Southwest bohemian meets downtown cool.
I happen to love berets. They’ve been around forever and lend an air of artistic flair to any outfit. Functionally speaking, they hide a bad hair day beautifully. Such a simple hat that looks great with the outfits above or a pair of jeans. Viva la beret!
Today’s hat is all about spring! It’s an amazing hat by designer Laddie Northridge, a well-known milliner who created his masterpieces at a shop in New York City in the 1950s. This pretty hat begins with six concentric circles of wire that are held together with wire “spokes.” Every bit of the wire is then wound with one-inch wide strips of tulle. (This step alone takes hours to complete – trust me I have done it!) The tulle serves two purposes: one is to cover the wire, especially the places where the wire is joined, and the second is to provide a texture/surface to which things may be sewn, such as flowers or fabric.
Next, each wire – both on the top of the hat and the bottom – is covered with tiny sprigs of lily-of-the-valley. In the photo below, you can see that each sprig is sewn on by hand.
Laddie Northridge Label
A simple green velvet ribbon and bow adorn the hat. Seriously, this hat must have taken weeks of work to construct. I am in awe of the workmanship in this fine piece. As a special bonus, look closely at the photo below and notice the two tiny hat pins in the center back – they are covered with the same green tulle used in the hat and are designed to look like tassels. So cute!
Laddie Northridge Hat Back
Here’s a photo of the vintage lace wire foundation hat that I made; it’s a much simpler design but it took hours and hours of work:
After last Friday’s pretty vintage hat photo, I decided to make a modern version of the hat that was pictured. This one is a similar shape, but it’s blocked from a single piece of straw so the crown is smooth rather than sectioned. And as much as I love vintage lace, it must be used wisely so that it doesn’t create a look that’s dated. Instead of covering the brim with lace, I opted to use a bit of dotted net to add whimsy and texture. The bow and band are made from a vintage tone-on-tone damask fabric and I couldn’t help adding a few fun feathers. Retro with a modern twist! This hat is available in my Etsy shop.