a Straw hat will be your new best friend in the new summer approaching in the arisen… It’s time to get tied up with your new best friend because straw hats are the hottest thing that can and will happen to you whether your on the beach or walking in the streets of the city! I love straw hats! They are all different in some kind of way… So look out people, here comes Madame Straw Hatter!
First I want to say that it was a blast to take photos for Dropzone’s (Night club in South-Africa) DJ Competition! People looked stylish and everyone was definitely having a good time… When I looked through the pictures and being madame hatter, I looked at the party people’s hats, and the hat that I saw in almost all the pictures were a BEANIE! I should add that it is winter in PTA (Pretoria) so people took advantage of beanies….
Photographer: Antoinette Joubert
This un-known brother surprized me when I came across his work on google, why do I not know anything about him? But when I look at him I see a floral hat designer and is inspired by the nature we all have to love… He makes me feel like im not stuck in a material world but in the days we used to play outside when it was still save between the blooming flowers… I see a lot of other designers work in him aswell but he still poses his own style wich gives him a step ahead. I’m looking forward to see his latest work!
Let’s tip our hats for my un-known brother…
When I look at FUN as a person I seem to think of John Galliano! It is always interesting to see his latest styles of surprising, but to look at John Galliano himself I see his style more in himself than on the catwalk of his shows. His hats always change in colour, shapes and styles and that keeps me more interested in his work of whooooing! His style also seem to have a bit of femininity with his lace and earings, but if women can wear suits than men can wear what ever they want! I would definitely keep myself updated with this amazing designer!
let’s all tip our hats for the outrages John Galliano…
Christian Dior Prêt-à-porter, Giles, hat designers, hats, Issa, Jil Sander Christian Dior Haute Couture, John Gallano Homme, John Galliano, Kinder, L'Wren Scott, Marc Jacobs, Osman, Stephen Jones, Victoria Beckham
“Jones is a deft conjurer, who can draw whimsy from a hat. Steeped in couture lore and craft, he nevertheless propels his art into the future with his ceaseless invention and thistledown touch.” His genius is to enhance the mystery, allure, and wit of the wearer.””
Born in Cheshire, and schooled in Liverpool, Stephen Jones burst on to the London fashion scene during its explosion of street style in the late seventies. By day, he was a student at St Martins; after dark he was one of that era’s uncompromising style-blazers at the legendary Blitz nightclub – always exquisitely dressed, and always crowned with a striking hat of his own idiosyncratic design.
Each season, Stephen Jones collaborates with the world’s most notable fashion designers to create hats for their collections.
Spring Summer 2012
New York; Victoria Beckham, Marc Jacobs, L’Wren Scott.
London; Kinder, Giles, Issa, Osman.
Milan; Jil Sander.
Paris; Christian Dior Haute Couture, Christian Dior Prêt-à-porter, John Galliano, John Gallano Homme.
The crazier hats worn at the Royal Ascot…
There are few sporting venues that can match the rich heritage and history of Ascot Racecourse. For almost 250 years, Royal Ascot has established itself as a national institution and the centrepiece of the British social calendar as well as being the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.
Tradition, pageantry, fashion and style all meet in a glorious setting at one of the most beautiful racecourses in the country. The quality of the horse racing at Royal Ascot is simply outstanding, with £4.5 million in prize money on offer and a total of eighteen ‘Group’ races over the five days.
Vintage Japanese Velvet Leaves Headpiece, Seated On The Side Of An Oval Base Covered With Aqua/Turquoise Mix Indian Dupioni Silk And A Two Silk Magnolia Flowers.
Couture Derby Hat Made Of Aqua/Turquoise Dupioni Silk And Embroidery Polka Dots On The Brim, A Detail Of Iridescent Green/Turquoise/Blue Japanese Velvet Leafs And A Big Green Silk Rose.
Extra Large Brim Hat Made Of Aqua/Turquoise Mix Dupioni Silk, Adorned With Iridescent Green Peacock Feathers.
Peacock Bird Headpiece Seated On Top Of An Oval Pillbox Covered With Iridescent Green/Turquoise/Blue Peacock Feathers.
Large Brim Derby Hat Made Of Olive And Champagne Taffeta With Brown And Orange Embroidery Design, Adorned With A Big Silk Rose.
Golden Yellow Cocktail Hat Made On A Round Base Covered With Yellow Burnout Silk, Adorned With 4 Silk Poppy Flowers, Ostrich And Turkey Feathers.
Golden/Yellow Hat Made On A Flat Pillbox Base Covered With Beaded Silk, Adorned With 2 Silk Poppy Flowers And Coque Feathers.
Red Headpiece Made Of A Big Silk Rose, Antique Japanese Velvet Leaves And Red French Veil On A Small Round Pillbox Covered With Red Taffeta And Black Sequin Lace.
Strawberry Headpiece Made Of Red/Burg Velvet, Seated On A Round Velvet Pillbox.
Hot Pink Cocktail Hat Made On A Round Pillbox Base, Covered With Pink/Black Netting Lace, Adorned With Antique Velvet Leaves From Germany And A Black Paillettes Rose In The Center.
She’s All Hat: The Season’s Most Versatile Accessory
by Esther Adams
Miroslava Duma at the Chanel fall 2012 runway show
Photographed by Phil Oh
“Hats are both practical and an accessory,” says stylist Caroline Sieber, musing on the recent obsession with head adornments spotted across the fashion capitals earlier this month. From Jil Sander’s demure veiled beanie paired with a chunky knit sweater to a sequin-embellished Balenciaga visor twinkling in tandem with the bejeweled shoulders of a Prada coat, it seems that attention-grabbing head coverings are the popular choice, not only for combating the elements, but for making inventive style statements. Indeed, Sieber’s recent combination—a navy Maison Michel fedora worn with a sweater in a matching hue and fluttering diaphanous skirt in contrasting pink—offered minimal effort to maximum effect. With a collection numbering 30—those Maison Michel fedoras, panamas from Bates in London, and numerous children’s hats from Italian brand I Pinco Pallino among them—Sieber has long been a fan of their versatile ways. As she puts it: “They are a little bit of a disguise, some double as sunscreen, and they can transform a plain look into something special.”
Caroline Sieber in a Maison Michel Fedora at Paris Fashion Week Photographed by Phil Oh
Freelance writer Miroslava Duma agrees. “I was born in Siberia,” she explains regarding the reason behind her countless collection, which she augments following every trip to London and Paris. “So I got used to wearing hats in a stylish way.” Duma certainly turned heads crossing the Jardin des Tuileries in a rich, burgundy beanie and kaleidoscopic color–blocked knits, which echoed that deep red hue, and again at Chanel’s show in an eye-catching vintage sailor hat atop a vintage Chanel blazer dotted with brooches, all in a navy blue wash. “Hats can make a look brighter, stronger, and add an element of fun,” she says.
Miroslava Duma at Paris Fashion Week Photographed by Phil Oh
t’s true that this new approach to headwear takes dressing up beyond merely the functional. But what really sets this coterie apart from anyone else pulling on a beanie to ward off a chilly breeze is the thoughtful way they’ve built their chapeaus into a look: a simple color match à la Sieber or a characterful nod toward a Coco–inspired sailor uniform as Duma illustrated so effortlessly. And while part of the charm of this new skyward style focus lies in a nostalgic formality, the practice hasn’t evolved beyond its time-honored challenges.
A Balenciaga Hat Worn at Milan Fashion Week Photographed by Phil Oh
“A bad hair day always follows,” says Duma. Hair stylist Pasquale Ferrante of Ion studio in SoHo advises: “Prep with thickening spray that will boost up your hair. Then, if it’s loose, you shake it, but if it’s pulled back in a ponytail or a bun, you need to move it around with your hands to bring back the texture.” Ferrante adds, “Just don’t do the bun too tight, and stay away from anything that makes it heavy, or a gel that will flake.”
Whichever solution you go for, according to Sieber, the most important element is this: “A hat can make an outfit, but it takes personality to carry one off!”
Hanne Gaby Odiele at Milan Fashion Week Photographed by Phil Oh