British Fashion Council Headonism

HATS OFF: The British Fashion Council’s Headonism platform, which showcases and supports up-and-coming British designers in millinery, has added two names to its spring showcase, to be held during London Fashion Week in September.

Laura Apsit Livens, a London-based milliner whose past clients include Paloma Faith, Rita Ora and Princess Beatrice, will join the lineup. She has collaborated with brands such as Bally Swiss and graduated from the London College of Fashion. Her designs have been called “couture millinery,” as each piece is made by hand, and stockists include The Shop at Bluebird and Fenwick of Bond Street in London.

Also new to the showcase will be The Season Hats, founded by Paul Stafford and Selina Horshi. The brand, whose signature range is of satin folding hats, is carried in Milan’s Alan Journo and Fenwick of Bond Street in London.

Livens, Stafford and Horshi are to have dedicated areas in the Designer Showrooms space at Brewer Street Car Park. In addition, they will receive mentorship and business support throughout the year.

The designers will join milliners Harvy Santos and Sophie Beale, who have already been part of Headonism’s presentation.

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The Headonism showcase is curated by Stephen Jones, who supports the initiative and aids emerging milliners. “I am thrilled Headonism continues to evolve and engage with new members,” he said.

Launched in 2009, the Headonism showcase has in the past supported milliners including Awon Golding, Emma Yeo, Keely Hunter, Lizzie McQuade, Noel Stewart, Piers Atkinson and William Chambers.

“Millinery is a real craft,” said BFC chief executive officer Caroline Rush. “Headonism always champions technically creative and accomplished designers. With two new designers, this season’s lineup is as strong as ever, and I really look forward to seeing their new collections in the Designer Showrooms this September.”

The next London Fashion Week is slated to run from Sept. 16 to 20.

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