The old hat is new again, thanks to a handful of talented milliners.
ALBERTUS SWANEPOEL The South African native, now designing out of a studio in New York’s Washington Heights, has collaborated for fall with a slew of houses including Carolina Herrera (for whom he created sharp, featherfestooned caps), Tuleh (above), Peter Som, Nathan Jenden, Costello Tagliapietra, Erin Fetherston and Marc by Marc Jacobs.
IRENE BUSSEMAKER With her namesake label already sold in boutiques throughout Europe, the Netherlands’ Irene Bussemaker has created two new hat lines: Dareable and Wearable. The former features unorthodox pieces such as an intricate cap sprouting leather and arrowhead feathers.
JENNIFER BEHR A favorite of chic brides and the younger set—one of her headbands popped up on Gossip Girl—Jennifer Behr’s molded berets (below) turned editors’ heads at Diane von Furstenberg’s fall show.
JUSTIN SMITH This year Justin Smith, a graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, introduced his first solo collection, a jaunty mix of delicate caps, fedoras and top hats incorporating materials from rabbit fur to osprey feathers.
LOLA New York–based designer Lola Ehrlich crafted slouchy berets and wrinkled hats in autumnal colors such as brown and russet for the runways of Donna Karan (below), Vera Wang and Jill Stuart.
MISA HARADA London-based Misa Harada, in business since 1994, came up with the headpieces for Yohji Yamamoto’s spring show. She also does commissions for musical acts including Scissor Sisters and the Rolling Stones. (Fun fact: She designed Jennifer Aniston’s wedding veil.)
NOEL STEWART Since his first collection was picked up by Barneys New York in early 2003, Noel Stewart has made a name for himself crafting sculptural hats in geometric shapes, a few of which Kylie Minogue donned for her recent Showgirl tour.
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)
Breaking News: @hedislimane joins @celine as its new artistic, creative and image director. One of fashion’s preeminent image-makers and trendsetters, Slimane is to join the LVMH brand on Feb. 1 and unveil his first fashion proposition for men and women next September during Paris Fashion Week. It marks a major homecoming for Slimane, who cemented his reputation – and influenced men’s tailoring for more than a decade – as the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He went on to reinvent and ignite the house of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent, between 2012 and 2016 – all the while maintaining a close relationship with the Arnault family, which controls LVMH and Dior. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
“Personally I believe the Eighties have been the richest and more vivacious period for international fashion,” Giorgio Armani said when asked what his favorite decade of fashion is. It was a moment of disruption and experimentation and only thinking back to the first years of that decade is always an emotion for me, for what they have meant to me and my work.” The influence is clear in @giorgioarmani spring 2018 collection, pictured here, which was full of bright colors and unexpected prints. Read more about which decades designers loved most on WWD.com #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
For Lady Gaga’s only Italian show on her “Joanne World Tour,” the singer wore a range of @versace_official outfits. The standout piece: this custom-made bodysuit inspired by the brand’s spring 2018 collection. #wwdfashion (RG: @ladygaga)
@_camillaruth_ is expanding on the wellness-craze concept with @westbourne – a new NYC restaurant that’s both a healthy-minded café as well as a business that gives back to the community. Marcus works with the Robin Hood foundation to give back to The Door, a non-profit providing youth development services, and also hires employees through The Door. Read our full interview with Marcus on giving back through food on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)