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.
During London Hat Week Editor Karen Sergeant & Fashion Editor Karen Grace of the online magazine, Eclipse, featured my piece "In Celebration of Alnwick Garden". The Eclipse Magazine has been established for ten years and promotes the social side of racing with an accent on racing fashion.
Since this feature I am delighted to have been invited to become more involved with the magazine. So coming up for next week's Epsom Derby is a feature by Karen Grace, who turned to me for a lime green headpiece to work with a feature she was creating of fashion favourites for the upcoming Derby Festival.
Karen has chosen to feature "Chrystal Lime" a headpiece that goes perfectly with Karen Gold’s dress. A contemporary style, the headpiece has three acrylic faux crystal chrysanthemums set on a lime silk dupion pear-shaped base, finished with organza lime green ribbon leaves. See the full article here
In the post Karen also included a link to Eclipse's summer promotion which they are staging in the run up to Ascot. My piece Fleur D'Argent is featured, modelled here by Helen Ainsley. Karen is featuring a small corp of designers, so I was delighted to be selected for inclusion. You can read more about the summer promotion here
I was delighted on Monday to be called for interview at BBC Radio Newcastle, where morning show host Lisa Shaw who had heard about my passion for making couture hats and headpieces wanted to catch up with all my latest news.
Naturally I was nervous but Lisa set me completely at my ease as I showed her a selection of my latest pieces including my latest pieces Aureole, A Celebration of Alnwick Garden, and An English Country Garden. Then it was off into the studio and I did something you all know I enjoy - talking. We chatted about hats, how I came to learn to be a milliner, how to make hats, how to choose them, my sources of inspiration, as well as the technical skills involved in making hats. The interview sped by and it was soon all over in a flash!
One piece Lisa was particularly interested in was Aureole, and now of course I realise now that I've been so busy that I haven't posted on my blog yet to tell you about this special piece! So here it is, this image of me wearing Aureole was taken by Jim Gibson.
So as you will hear in the interview (just copy and paste the link below to hear the interview) Aureole is a competition piece. The theme of the competition was Inspiration and entry to the competition was by purchasing a basic kit from the competition organisers. Seventy five milliners from all over the world applied for kits and used the materials it contained to create a truly unique and individual headpiece.
Imagine my surprise and delight when the Queens' milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan in conjunction with the competition organisers, Parkin Fabrics, judged my entry Aureole to be in the top three. During London Hat Week I was delighted to visit the Parkin Fabrics trade fair where they created a special exhibit of the winning pieces for the many Hat Week visitors to view. I went and looked too!
So to hear more about the sources of inspiration for Aureole, A Celebration of Alnwick Garden, for more details on all my latest millinery activities and to hear the Lisa Shaw interview, please copy and paste the link to the download below for the show. The piece Lisa ran on my millinery work starts at about 10.09 and then runs in a further 3 segments ending at about 10.40, please do listen if you have the time and inclination.