Fur and veils gave a flavour of the 1950's at the autumn hat fashion show in London on Monday (10 May).
Fur and veils gave a flavour of the 1950's at the autumn hat fashion show in London on Monday (10 May). The show was organised by the Millinery Guild, a British hat manufacturing group.
Major British and international milliners like Gina Davies, and Federick Fox, who has a royal appointment to Queen Elizabeth, designed the hats.
Many of the designs were in warm autumn reds and browns. Others included strong black and white contrasts. One, designed by Philip Sommerville, was a tartar hat made of blue fox. A white profile brim design came from Mitzi Lorenz.
But the real fifties look came in hats by Wilfred Paddison and Whitley. The Paddison hat was a Kohinoor mink pillbox with a veil covering the forehead. Whitely's design was also a pillbox but in black velvet with a black veil.
London has become one of the world's main millinery centres over the past few years. The stronger emphasis on fur this year is a reflection of its regaining popularity after unsuccessful moves by wildlife conservationists to have the use of animal fur for clothing banned.
SYNOPSIS: Fur was the main theme at the autumn hat fashion show in London on Monday.
The designs were by some of the world's leading milliners. There was a strong feeling of the 1950's with the veils on these white and grey mink hats. And a black pillbox hat by Whitley was similar to designs popular 20 years ago.
One hat, designed by Frederick Fox, was in the style of a white satin French beret, trimmed with crystal stones. Fox has a royal appointment to design for Queen Elizabeth.
The market place was a source of inspiration for Marida in a brushed wool, striped coster cap.
But there was a return to fur in the designs by Philip Sommerville and Gina Davies. The hat by Miss Davies was red fox mounted onto a face-framing head piece.
Another hat by Gina Davies showed the influence of Rudolph Valentino - the film actor of the 1920's. The Arab style head dress was in paisley jersey.
London has become one of the world's main millinery centres during the last few years. This year's emphasis on fur is a reflection of its regaining popularity.