Hat of the Week

Hello hat lovers!

I just finished this dramatic hat for a fashion show in Alliance this coming Sunday. The free-form brim makes a unique style statement. Coupled with the fabulous feathers and handmade silk flower, it’s a real show-stopper. Is this your next Kentucky Derby hat?

Left side

Left side

Front

Front

Left front

Left front

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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Style Monday

Good morning!

I love a great turban and this one is fabulous. Here’s a link to A Stairway to Fashion‘s blog (where I first saw this photo) that includes even more turban images. Love the mix of fabrics and colors. It proves that the hat doesn’t need to match, it needs to “go with.” Enjoy!

Turban black and white

Style Monday

Here are a few of my favorite images from this year’s Kentucky Derby. There were dozens more photos of lovely hats, but the faces were completely obscured. I guess for me, a hat is more than just a hat…it’s an integral part of “the look.” The hat is a success when the person wearing it owns her look with confidence. Enjoy!

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In-Studio Perspectives

When WVIZ/PBS approached me about donating to its on-air auction, I knew I had to make a Downton Abbey-inspired hat for the membership drive. Here’s the result…a hat that has roots in the past but is still very “today.” I hope it finds its way to the head of a generous donor!

Downton Abbey-inspired hat for WVIZ/PBS Auction

Downton Abbey-inspired hat for WVIZ/PBS Auction

Style Monday

Our lovely Duchess of Cambridge looks as pretty as ever in her red pillbox hat by Gina Foster and coat by Catherine Walker. Kate is wearing her pillbox in the traditional manner, on the crown of her head. As you know, she generally favors fascinators, worn at an asymmetrical angle on the side of the head. She’s gorgeous, as always. Kate Red coat

Style Monday

I recently came across this photo showing fashion from Australia’s Dubai Cup, sort of our version of the Kentucky Derby. Many of the women in the photos are wearing large fascinators. Now, I’m not one to bash a good hat. But fascinators certainly are having their moment in the sun. For more great Australian fashion, click here. And to see more of my fascinators, click here. Fabulous!

Racing Fashion, Australia

Racing Fashion, Australia