A few weeks ago we had the honour of being invited to a rather delicious afternoon tea at the Blythswood Square hotel for the launch of Stephen Jones‘ collaboration with Debenhams. Whilst there, we also met up with two Scottish milliners who are following in Stephen’s footsteps as creators of some of the countries most inspiring hats.
We received a thorough lesson in Stephen’s past and how he first got into millinery (much more fun than dressmaking), as well as his famous clients (Princess Diana, Steve Strange, Boy George and Erin O’Connor to name a few) and the process of producing on a larger scale with Debenhams and all the tricks he uses to ensure quality and creativity is not compromised.
The man of the moment, Stephen Jones!
Also at the event was SR:D exhibitor and recent accessories winner of the SR:D Awards, William Chambers. William showcases his collections at London Fashion Week, alongside Stephen, who also happens to be the curator of the Headonism exhibition. As well as winning the Award from SR:D, you may have recently recognized William’s handiwork upon the head of Judy Murray at the wedding of her son, tennis star Andy.
Also at the launch, we were introduced to journalist and paper cutting artist Boo Paterson who was wearing a rather fabulous hat, which we discovered was designed by the lady herself. Working alongside British milliners Lilly Lewis, Boo has created a limited collection of headpieces that are inspired by the architecture of New York City. The particular hat she was wearing was inspired by the Chrysler building on which she commented,
“I’m a big fan of Art Deco in general, and have loved the Chrysler since I was a little girl. To me it represents everything that was great about the Jazz Age: hope, optimism, and exceptional style.”
Also in her collection of painstakingly created wearable art are pieces inspired by Grand Central Station, the Woolworth Building, the Empire State Building and the Radiator Building, which are all limited to 15.