Hats and hair accessories were the rage at London Fashion Week. CMMS Studio Photography has also been on top of this trend adding millinery to their model’s photo shoots.
The British Fashion Council has opened a show: “Headonism” showcasing the newest in millinery fashion as the London College of Fashion opened “Head On” exploring the role of hats in contemporary fashion.
Historically, hats have been considered a part of an ensemble and in many cases social correctness required the wearing of a hat, especially in England. CMMS Studio has now found a rebirth of millinery in popular culture. The recession, as a backdrop, is a part of this flourishing hat design re-birth, as headpieces have long been associated with stature. In this economic downturn hats are being worn to this effect.
Wit and whimsy set the tone for the varied looks at the fashion catwalks this year. Wildly plumed bonnets, silk turbans, veiled hats, berets, were all seen as pop culture headgear. Jaunty irreverence and spirited youthfulness defined the collections.
Unconfined by the need for neck holes and arm sleeves, milliners can express creativity with freedom as few other designers can. The inspiration can be found in the natural world (feathers), in geometry, exoticism and in history. The final product expresses the wearer’s personal style.
Bolted, the new ready to wear collection from Keely Hunter Millinery is an amazing line. Inspired by London street culture and a love of fluorescents and perspex, Bolted featured a range of ready to wear beanies and flat peak caps emblazoned with pop culture motifs.
According to Fashion-Era, known for historical fashion research, “Humans have covered their heads since time immemorial. Initially headwear offered protection from the elements and from injury from falling rocks, weapons or masonry. Later head coverings became symbols of status of authority. Soon after hats progressed to become not only a uniform, but also an art form.
In fashion terms, hats are a noticeable accessory because the onlooker’s attention is first drawn to the face. A hat is the most noticeable fashion item anyone can wear. The old saying goes ‘if you want to get ahead and get noticed, then get a hat’. Indeed the word ‘ahead’ means just that one head further forward.
Millinery has existed in Britain since 1700. In English courts the term milliner was used and this was derived from the term for travelling haberdashers from Milan in Italy. These travelling sales people sold all the items necessary to dress and were called milliners.
In France hats were made by hat-makers called chapeliers. Today the term modiste is used in France. Today technically a hat-maker makes hats for men whilst a milliner makes hats for women.
Running parallel to these hat-making arts are feather workshops or more correctly workshops called plumassiers where feathers are dyed and made into arrangements. Plumes have always been a status symbol and sign of economic stability.
Millinery trends will always complement fashion trends of the season. For 2013 citrus and pastel colors will be popular. We will see a lot of beautiful lace colors.
Hailing from Dublin, milliner, Paula Lawlor shares her top tips for when it comes to choosing that all-important hat to wear: “Personally a lady has some issues to address. If you are petite or a larger sized lady a huge hat with large brim may be your image to wear but practically will not suit your stature. Think of structure and height, it will elongate your figure; you can be dramatic and carry a tall sculptured piece with ease.
Always try on sizes and styles, don’t invest in a hat just because the color matches your outfit. A big part of an outfit and the wearing of a hat has so much to do with confidence, if you feel a million dollars in an outfit you will have poise and style, that magic ingredient is in us all.”