London Fashion Week SS18
Here are some of the talented milliners who showcased at the British Fashion Council showrooms.
Stephen Jones – the curator of Headonism – a British Fashion Council initiative for emerging British milliners:
Titled ‘HATS’ the collection reveals the lifecycle of one of Stephen Jones’ hats.
He starts with Inspiration – from scribbles, sketches, iPhone screenshots and prototypes.
Creation is the next step where his hats are brought to life in the workroom.
From here the hats fly in to the showroom to be displayed charmingly in the mirrored ‘Salon’.
Last step is ‘The Client’ when the hat is fitted and lovingly wrapped in a hat box.
His starting point was the sweet sunny and sometimes silly hats (his words not ours!) our mums, aunts and grandmothers used to wear.
Loop de Loop is his homage to those amazing ladies but remixed to be relevant today with his own cheeky point of view.
Colour palette is multi-hued summer brights.
All are hand made in straw, stitched braids, raffia, silks and sateen, accented with loopy flowers, bulbous bows, chunky crystals and original spirographic prints.
William Chambers celebrates his 10th year in millinery with ‘Decadence’.
In 2007 he showed his first collection at Glasgow Fashion Week and in Sept 2017 he showcased at London Fashion Week for the fifth year running.
Alongside some stunning new styles, the collection features some of his own favourite designs from the archive, remixed and remastered for 2018.
His original Bloomer Pill hat is on display in the National Museum of Scotland’s Fashion Gallery.
Chambers renamed this hat Cheers SJ because it caught the eye of the renowned milliner which led to Chambers showcasing at London Fashion Week. Made from Swarovski crystals and drinking straws – we say Cheers SJ!!
This collection is a mixture of satin pieces that fold flat like a fan, and then unfold into pieces; and small leather headpieces.
The unfolding satin pieces include a red and white double disc and white teardrop.
Chic raspberry beret and a blue perching beret.
New to the collection is the rigid folded headpiece in shiny blue satin.
The leather headpieces take on a regal inspiration with an asymmetric crown in red and white, and a reversible tiara.
Also in the leather section is a complex fold headpiece in red and white.
Instead she concentrates on a rich mix of textures and strong silhouettes to bring depth to each piece.
Fabrics used are fine straws, satin, linen and leather,
Whilst jet black goose feathers have been shredded and scattered across clear acrylic for a dramatic effect.
New to London Fashion Week are:
Merve Bayindir with her ‘Pre-Madonna’ collection
Inspired by the iconic females of the ’50s, this collection embraces a feminine and delicate aesthetic with a heavy focus on hand crafted floral embellishment.
Marilyn is a romantic reflection on the passion and timeless glamour of Marilyn Monroe. A colour palette of whites and creams featuring pearls, sparkles and veils.
Audrey is a contemporary take on classic styles just like the quirky Audrey Hepburn. A colour palette of pinks and nudes.
Grace is a soft floral delight and a tribute to Grace Kelly. A colour palette of pastel greens and blues.
Elizabeth features stronger colours of purple, yellow, pink and green and is an ode to Elizabeth Taylor who pushed the boundaries of ’50s fashion.
Florencia’s SS18 collection is about designing headwear to protect and embellish the head.
Raffia is the key fabric and the world map is the colour palette.
Karen Grace studied Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion and is a registered affiliate member of the Federation of Image Professionals International.
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