By  on August 4, 2008

The old hat is new again, thanks to a handful of talented milliners. ALBERTUS SWANEPOELThe 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.

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