Hat of the Week

Good morning friends,

I’m changing things up a bit and will feature a hat of the week on Mondays, at least for a while. Today’s offering is a hat that I made for “One Hat, Many Milliners,” a project that showcased the diverse interpretations of how milliners approach making their hats. It was organized by The Milliners Guild of New York, which I belong to.

This hat is blocked in two pieces; the crown (top) is black wool velour felt, and the brim is a deep purple aubergine felt. The band is hand smocked and topped with a loose bow, vintage flowers and feathers. I cut away the right side of the brim to make it asymmetrical. Overall, a pretty and unique look. More photos and details may be found in my Etsy store.

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Vintage Hat Friday

Good morning!

Today’s hat is a cute little topper – sort of a demi-turban. The fur felt is positively dreamy and buttery. The large rhinestone pin at the front adds a lot of sparkle and personality. While this isn’t the world’s most unusual vintage hat and doesn’t boast a designer label, I appreciate the quality of materials and craftsmanship. I love the sewn pleats that lead to the pin. Definitely a hat to enjoy!

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In-Studio Perspectives

This week’s post is about a styled shoot I participated in yesterday. It was a lot of fun to be involved in the “organized chaos” and to see my hats on such fabulous models. Check out the hair, makeup, costumes, flowers, staging…so very cool.

The theme is “Chasing Alice,” a fantasy wonderland-inspired wedding. I will post some of the professional photos taken by Black Box Photography in the near future. In the meantime, I attempted to capture the spirit of the session with my iPhone that I share with you now.

Lots of hands on deck helping to style and organize

Lots of hands on deck helping to style and organize

The table is set for tea

The table is set for tea

The Mad Hare

The Mad Hare

The bride...with Twiddledum and Twiddledee in the background.

The bride…with Twiddledum and Twiddledee in the background.

Style Monday

Hello Fashionistas,

I really like this pretty dress modeled by Blake Lively in the August issue of Vogue. She is shown in numerous designs inspired by the West but this one speaks to my quilting roots because of the pattern…but the elaborate ruching makes it super sophisticated. The horse blanket-inspired wrap makes the photo (and outfit) so interesting. Love!Blake Lively Vogue Aug 2014

Vintage Hat Friday

Happy Friday!

Today’s hat is a sweet little toque that reminds me of a layer cake. Or a fancy energy dome if you’re a Devo fan :o)

It’s completely hand sewn with layers of vintage straw and netting. There are some holes in the netting but they don’t distract from the hat at all. An interesting pyramid-shaped Aurora Borealis rhinestone embellishment sits at the front. The maker is Helen Brounet, California. I’m guessing early 1960s. It’s for sale in my Etsy shop.

Have a wonderful weekend and stay cool under a wide-brimmed hat!

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Victoria Anderson by Juco for Schön Magazine Summer 2014

I love the styling on this post from A Stairway to Fashion. The hats are a wonderful addition to the amazing clothing!

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www.astairwaytofashion.com Victoria Anderson by Juco for Schön Magazine Summer 2014

www.astairwaytofashion.com Victoria Anderson by Juco for Schön Magazine Summer 2014

www.astairwaytofashion.com Victoria Anderson by Juco for Schön Magazine Summer 2014

www.astairwaytofashion.com Victoria Anderson by Juco for Schön Magazine Summer 2014

www.astairwaytofashion.com Victoria Anderson by Juco for Schön Magazine Summer 2014

www.astairwaytofashion.com Victoria Anderson by Juco for Schön Magazine Summer 2014

www.astairwaytofashion.com Victoria Anderson by Juco for Schön Magazine Summer 2014

www.astairwaytofashion.com Victoria Anderson by Juco for Schön Magazine Summer 2014

www.astairwaytofashion.com Victoria Anderson by Juco for Schön Magazine Summer 2014

www.astairwaytofashion.com Victoria Anderson by Juco for Schön Magazine Summer 2014

www.astairwaytofashion.com Victoria Anderson by Juco for Schön Magazine Summer 2014

Model Victoria Anderson;

Photographed by Juco;

Set Design Adi Goodrich;

Makeup Homa Safar;

Hair David Trolls;

Manicure Kait Mosh.

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Style Monday

Last week on Facebook I saw this great video showing some creative scarf tying techniques. I love wearing a great scarf with a hat, so check it out and maybe you’ll be inspired to try some new knots with your favorite scarf. For the scarf tying video, click here.

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Vintage Hat Friday

This is one hot hat! No designer label, just a union-made label. It’s blocked on a base of cape net and covered one-by-one with neon pink feathers. This one just makes me smile.

I once made a one-by-one feather hat. It was about half the size of the hat below and it took HOURS to assemble. First, the feathers must be “gone through” and the fluffy bottom sections stripped away. Then each feather, one at a time, is carefully glued to the base, overlapping artfully. This one has the added beauty of the side feathers flipping over the top to create sort of an Elvis-like ducktail swoop.

As usual, I’d love to have seen the original owner decked out in this hat and her finest dress. Fun!

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In-Studio Perspectives

JM2One of my customers loved the two peach cloches I recently created, but peach just isn’t her color. So we took the basic idea and tweaked it. She has been wanting a black cloche with a simple embellishment – something that can be worn every day that also has an understated elegance. We came up with this design – another vintage straw, hand sculpted into a shape that flatters her and embellished with a crinoline (millinery horsehair) bow and band. A pretty vintage button finishes the look. Everyday chic!

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