For those of you that don't know yet - I have an announcement - the charismatic Gok Wan
has selected the North East for the start of his next tour, One Size Fits All.
And if that wasn't exciting enough, Gok has selected Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery as the only couture millinery collection to be on the catwalk at the Gateshead Hilton on September 30th, I can't wait to hear his catwalk commentary on my collection!
So I am now busy getting my collection completely up to date and the excitement is growing, especially as four of the ten shows, including the Gateshead Hilton show, are already fully sold out!
Finally, if you fancy getting a touch of your own millinery excitement too, would you like to make your own piece of winter millinery, if so please get in touch. My next three week workshop course starts in Alnwick on October 25th, and continues on Nov 1st & 8th - but hurry as there's just three places remaining. You can find more details on the workshop page of my website.
On our return from holiday a lovely surprise awaited me - the publication of an in-depth interview and overview of my millinery work, entitled Hats Off! in the magazine Living North.
For those of you who are not based in the North East I'll give you a little background about this lovely magazine. Founded in 1999, Living North quickly built a reputation for high quality illustration, with a strong editorial and stylish design. Living North despite humble beginnings as a small quarterly magazine back in the 90's, now publishes a monthly 350 page glossy magazine full of gorgeous features, and has become one of the most significant quality media outlets in the North East of England. The magazine celebrates much of what is excellent about the North of England - from its glorious coastline, small niche businesses, heritage, food and numerous other attractions, from boutiques to bistros and much more besides.
As you may know I recently rebranded my business "The Northumberland Milliner" so I was delighted when Chloe Laing of Living North called me to chat about all things Hats!, including the rebranding process, and then asked if I would like to be featured in the magazine - of course I said Yes! So after our long chat Chloe also made a selection of some images of my latest designs, too. As you maybe able to tell the images were taken at Alnwick Garden, where I was delighted to work again with Jim Gibson. Jim, who is an award winning photographer is based up in Norham, was commissioned to shoot my latest collection by Keith Newman of Highlights PR.
So I hope you will enjoy reading Chloe's article which gives a bigger picture of my career and personal development as a couture milliner. Please do get in touch if you need any further details of my millinery work, would like to view my ready to wear collection or commission hat or headpiece for a summer event.
Image credits - Jim Gibson Photography
We are just back from a wonderful holiday In Canada, and finally summer seems to have got here after a fashion "slightly erratic" might be a good description of the weather we are experiencing currently here in Northumberland.
Anyway whilst we were away the world stopped for a spot of Royal Wedding fever - didn't Megan look simply beautiful? Her dress radiated understated and sophisticated elegance, I watched a short synopsis of the day on the plane home and enjoyed the spectacle especially everyone's hats & headpieces of course.
Doria Ragland drew much understandable attention and admiration, and one my other favourite outfits was the beautiful green hand painted gown by Dolce & Gabbana, worn with orange heels, and a green headpiece with veiling worn by Lady Kitty Spencer, captured here in a Getty image featured in Harpers Bazaar.
Such is the importance of fashion at events as the Royal Wedding that it will shape the millinery trends we will see for this summer and beyond, so in my next post I'll be bringing you up date with a feature Living North have just run on my millinery work as well an opportunity to enter a competition to win one of my headpieces - just in time for the races or a summer wedding.
A final hat note for this post - for my blog post's featured image I have also chosen another beautiful Getty image for Harpers Bazaar this time of Doria Ragland. This image features Doria wearing Oscar de la Renta and a Stephen Jones headpiece.