Laura Kinsella Millinery

Fashion Week Collaborations. First the Men.

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Unbeknownst to the general spectator, headwears shown at catwalk shows during fashion weeks are generally not created by the designer alone.  Many internationally famous designers enlist the specialist help of world-renowned milliners to collaborate with on their collections.

In mind of my recent collaboration with Irish Designer Danielle Romeril for spring/summer ’14 we appreciate other milliners who have collaborated with designers this year.

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Firstly a favourite of mine, Piers Atkinson, a London based milliner who collaborated with Scarborough boy Bobby Abley.  Both designer and milliner have a somewhat kitched up, graphic approach to design so the marriage was entirely inevitable.  Somewhat humorously Atkinson created Mickey Mouse and  flame horn styled baseball caps in black, white and blush pink reflective of the cartoon imagery seen on the garments.  Complete with satin or knitted cowl neckpieces this collaboration really represents both styles of those involved.

And certainly for fun, another one from the boys… Steven Jones, London based milliner and Thom Browne a New York based menswear and Womenswear designer.

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Classic tailoring with a twist, Browne launched his bespoke suit business in 2001, which was slow to receive any plaudits.  Browne soon proved naysayers wrong and “was credited with giving the staid suit industry a much-needed injection of cool.”   Steven Jones, eccentric milliner certainly lends his specialist skills well to Browne’s quirky clean style.  Traditional shapes of bowler, baseball, ascot cap and top hat in tweed and felt are twisted out of context by giving them animal part extensions, all symbolic of Browne’s traditional but quirky aesthetic.   Animal heads made from tweed wrapped wire structures all add to the whimsical effect conveyed by the impact of both designers whilst complimenting the clean lines of the immaculately tailored menswear.

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The amalgamation of designer and milliner has long been a joyous connection.  It allows both parties, whilst staying true to their own style the freedom to be a part of something new and different to the norm. Something exciting.

There is nothing more refreshing than seeing two creative minds combine to create something captivating for all to see….