In London on Monday (17 May) the Millinery Guild presented its autumn collection. Seventeen members?
In London on Monday (17 May) the Millinery Guild presented its autumn collection. Seventeen members of the Guild exhibited their creations at the elegant Dorchester Hotel. With so much attention drawn to the world of fashion over minis, midis, maxis, and of course "hot pants", this showing forces the viewer to look up and ahead to the latest in the designers' ideas for hats.
SYNOPSIS: The elegant Dorchester Hotel in London was the scene on Monday, for the Millinery Guild's presentation of its autumn collection. Seventeen members of the Guild exhibited their latest ideas in hat creations, such as this coster cap done in striped fur.
Possibly to divert attention from the popular fashion of "hot pants", large hats, such as this D'Artagnan style musketeer hat in crushed velvet, appeared to be the style setters for the autumn.
Designers have also taken traditional hats and enlarged them. This outsize beret, from Mitzi Lorenz, features intricate colour stitching in the red and garnet velvet fabric.
This wide boater is called "Carmen" by its creator Charles Batten. Made of dyed calf, the petal stitching is in gold and silver lurex thread.
With conservation and preservation of wildlife very much in the news, designer Wilfred Paddison reminds us of the near extinction of some species of birds, with his "Blue Osprey" creations.
Although you do not generally find a snake and a mink keeping the same company, the millinery house of Dolores has brought them together in this Breton hat design. The copper polished snakeskin is surrounded by a deep cuff of white mink.
The high point of the show was this black velvet creation from Bermona, called "The Peak". In the event you purchase the hat and fear that it may be mistaken for another in the cloakroom, there is the added feature of your own monogrammed initials.