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Wednesday

15

January 2014

The Way You Wear Your Hat: Famous Hats Through The Years

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Happy Hat Day! If you follow me on Pinterest, you know I’m a huge fan of hats and the art of millinery (check out my Millinery Pin Board). In honour of Hat Day, I’ve compiled some of my favourite examples of fine millinery.

  • Vivien Sheriff fascinator as worn by Kate Middleton: In her first public appearance after her engagement, Kate Middleton styled a Vivien Sheriff fascinator adorned with various feathers and a cameo brooch. Although considered a classic statement in the UK, this was the fascinator that launched a trend across the pond. After Kate, girls everywhere in the US and Canada started wearing fascinators as accessories to summer weddings and formal ceremonies.
Kate Middleton wearing a Vivien Sheriff fascinator. AP Photo.

Kate Middleton wearing a Vivien Sheriff fascinator. AP Photo.

  • Philip Treacy hats as worn by the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton:  Based out of London, Treacy is an incredible milliner, an artist in his own right. Each of his designs features intricate details and weaving, and quite often a fanciful bow. Although famous the world over, worn by everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Lady Gaga, it’s his designs worn by the Duchess that have really caught some serious attention.
Philip Treacy beret-style hat worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Philip Treacy beret-style hat worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Black Philip Treacy hat worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

Black Philip Treacy hat worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

  • Custom Givenchy jade green velvet hat worn by Audrey Hepburn: Worn for a shoot in Vogue magazine, Audrey’s Givenchy chapeau was a luxe domed jade-green velvet number with tassels. The photo, taken in 1964 by Cecil Beaton, made the Givenchy hat famous.
Givenchy velvet hat worn by Audrey Hepburn

Givenchy velvet hat with tassels worn by Audrey Hepburn in Vogue (1964). AP Photo

  •  Halston Pillbox hat worn by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy: It was the pillbox hat he made for Jackie Kennedy that solidified Halston’s reputation as a designer. Made to wear for President Kennedy’s inauguration ceremony (along with a beautiful fur muff, hello), Halston’s pillbox hat was copied several times over for ladies across the nation wishing to embody just an ounce of Jackie Kennedy’s elegance.
Halston pillbox hat worn by Jackie Kennedy.

Halston pillbox hat worn by Jackie Kennedy.

Eisenhower greeting President and Mrs. Kennedy

Eisenhower greeting Jackie Kennedy (wearing Halston pillbox hat) and President Kennedy at the inauguration.

  • Bailey Hat Company Fedora made famous by Humphrey Bogart: Before Sinatra was Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart was the king of cool. Not only is he considered the greatest male star in the history of the American cinema, Humphrey Bogart was a style icon before there were style icons. From the Maltese Falcon to Casablanca, his custom fedoras designed by George S. Bailey are often imitated.
Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart in a Warner Bros. publicity shot around 1941. Warner Brothers/AP Photo.

  • Lock and Co. Fedora worn by Frank Sinatra: Hands-down, Frank Sinatra was one of the most stylish men of his generation. The fedora was at its coolest when worn by Frank. It took me some research to find out who the designer was behind many of Frank’s hats; as it turns out, many of the designs Frank wore came from James Lock & Co. Ltd. (the same company that holds the royal warrants for the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh).
Frank Sinatra was the epitome of cool in a Lock and Co. fedora.

Frank Sinatra was the epitome of style in a fedora.

 

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Friday

16

March 2012

Persol 714 Sunglasses

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I’m in a long-term relationship with my classic tortoise-shell Ray-Ban classic Wayfarers, but each Spring when the weather starts to warm, I find myself perusing for my next pair of statement sunnies. Haven’t found anything in a couple of years comparable to my favourite frames —

Until now.

There are two new pairs of sunglasses vying for my affection, and both pairs are beyond.

First, check out the unisex appeal and vintage styling of Persol’s 714 sunglasses. Look familiar? Thought so. Steve McQueen made the 714s famous in The Thomas Crown Affair (check out some of my most favourite shots of Steve on my Pinterest). The foldable protoype of Persol’s famous 649 shades, the 714 was the first collapsable pair of glasses. Amazing, right? Persol 714 sunglasses are available in both Havana and crystal yellows, with several lens variations. Pretty sure 714s in crystal yellow would wear wonderfully with my complexion and blonde locks. Just sayin.

Next, I’m absolutely loooving Persol’s Suprema sunglasses. They’ve certainly got a 50s vibe, and almost remind me of Miu Miu’s cat-eye sunglasses from 2011. Divine! Love the shape, the detail, and the faded lens. While they’re not as iconic as 714s, I’m confident that I’d keep a pair of Suprema’s for a lifetime (or at least long-term).

While both pairs of sunglasses are polar opposites on the style spectrum, I’d happily wear both pairs. Persol has a reputation for producing sunglasses with staying power, and these two pairs of sunglasses are no exception.

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Monday

23

January 2012

Trend-Spotting: Fascinators Banned at Royal Ascot’s Royal Enclosure

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It would appear that fascinators are just too trendy, or that’s the conclusion some have reached after it was announced that the high-attention headpieces have been banned at Royal Ascot’s Royal Enclosure, taking place this summer. Fear not, however, as those sitting in the more mainstream public grandstand will have the option between wearing a fascinator and a hat.

You’re likely familiar with the fanciful headgear, but for those of you who’ve been hiding under a rock, a fascinator is a cross between a small hat and a headpiece (most often affixed to the head with either a clip or hairband). Fascinators have come into fashion and been seen in higher frequency ever since the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, started styling the unique headgear. (You may remember the designs she’s worn by Philip Treacy and also Vivien Sheriff.)

According to the dress code posted on the Ascot website, “Fascinators are no longer permitted in the Royal Enclosure; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches/10cm).”

And what else has changed in the dress code for Royal Ascot’s Royal Enclsoure?

An article posted on BBC News states that, in an effort to restore formality, strapless and sheer-strap dresses/shirts have been banned, and dresses/skirts are required to hit at knee-length or just below. Men are now required to wear a suit and tie.

Royal Ascot takes place in June each year, and this year events run from Tuesday June 19 – Saturday June 23.

 

Shop the Look:

Vivien Sheriff Sandringham hat, about $660 CDN, VivienSheriff.co.uk

Vivien Sheriff Pageant fascinator, about $361 CDN, VivienSheriff.co.uk

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Monday

16

January 2012

Hope Hearts: Karl Donoghue Shearling Cossack Hat

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This weekend?

Unbelievably cold. Canadian winter is officially here.

And I’m just trying to stay warm, people.

 

Shop the Look:

Karl Donoghue shearling cossack hat, $240, Net-A-Porter

 

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Wednesday

31

August 2011

LANVIN Fall Winter 2011/12 Ad Campaign

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Wednesday

9

February 2011

Pretty in Pink: Lanvin, Matthew Williamson, Smythson

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Valentine’s Day is still a good five days away, but I’ve got my eyes on some pretty pink accessories.

And, so should you, especially if you’ve yet to decide how you’re going to gift your Valentine on 2011’s day of love. Take a look at these little — but absolutely luxe — pink accessories (priced high to low for every budget).

 

  • Lanvin Mini Pop Leather Shoulder Bag ($1150, Net-A-Porter): Sure it’s petite, but this little Lanvin shoulder bag packs a punch. The softest leather complemented by a dainty pink grosgrain ribbon intricately woven into a chain link strap, this would be a divine Valentine’s Day gift for your girlfriend (or yourself, let’s face it).
  • Matthew Williamson Leopard-Print Wool-Blend Scarf ($495, Net-A-Porter): More muted than loud, this Matthew Williamson leopard-print scarf is a must-have for any girl in tune with her stylish side. The bohemian gray and pink leopard-print wool blend will be scarf your girl will style during several seasons (not just on Valentine’s Day).
  • Smythson Reach For The Stars Leather Notebook ($75, Net-A-Porter): If you’re not ready to break the bank, this Smythson leather notebook is an ideal way to show your thoughtfulness this Valentine’s Day. A practical gift, this notebook is an inspiring place for your Valentine to scribble sweet nothings.

 

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Tuesday

7

September 2010

Miu Miu Studded Leather Gloves

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Anyone who knows me knows what a huge fan I am of leather driving gloves. A quick check of my collection would easily yield at least six or seven pairs, and it seems that with each passing season I acquire several new sets.

So check these Miu Miu studded leather gloves. A subtle nod to biker chic, I’m loving the luxurious glamour of these leather driving gloves and how they’re splattered with silver studs. Miu Miu’s leather driving gloves will add instant edge to pretty much any Fall 2010 look, and I think the silver studs will especially stand out when worn with an all-black ensemble.

This pair of Miu Miu studded gloves is fully lined in silk, so they’d probably wear warmest in early Fall (not exactly a practical pick for the cold of winter). The fronts of the gloves are sprayed in studs, and the backs of the glove are the softest leather. The opening of these Miu Miu gloves is curved for a perfect fit and the gloves hit right at the wrist when you pull them on. The leather is supple, so my suggestion is to order these gloves a size smaller than you would normally, since with time the leather will give.

Love!

 

Miu Miu Studded Leather Gloves, $595, Net-A-Porter

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Tuesday

17

August 2010

Hope Hearts: Infinity Scarves and Snoods

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Scarves have been a mainstay in our wardrobe for a widespread while, and this coming F/W 2010 season will be no different. This year, however, the scarf’s got a cozy cousin who’s taking all the preeminence. Properly known as a snood or an infinity scarf, these cozy accoutrements are like giant circles that wrap and double-wrap around the neck to give a super soft finish to many of your Fall 2010 ensembles. The circular loop is often composed of the coziest cashmere and is like a layer of luxury.

 

  • My favourites for Fall 2010 include the affordable Adidas by Stella McCartney cable-knit, wool-blend snood. More casual than our other examples, you can stay stylish whilst getting your sport on this winter. Stella McCartney’s take on the snood is a sumptuous choice for both on and off the ski slopes. Adidas by Stella McCartney cable-knit wool-blend snood, $70, Net-A-Porter.
  • Done in the designer shade iron, this deepest dark grey cashmere infinity scarf by Donna Karan is an effortlessly elegant way to warm up almost any outfit once the weather cools. Whether you dress it up or down, Donna Karan infinity scarf will help you conquer the layered look with ease. Donna Karan ribbed cashmere infinity scarf, $695, Net-A-Porter.
  • Work the runway in a real way by styling this Michael Kors cashmere cable-knit snood over your favourite boyfriend blazer and slouchy wide-leg pants. This banker grey cashmere snood is surprisingly light-weight (don’t let the thick ribbing fool you). Michael Kors cashmere cable-knit snood, $795, Net-A-Porter.

 

 

 

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Monday

5

July 2010

Madewell Panama Hat

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While the vote’s in (check the poll on the screen to your right) and most of you will be topping off your warm-weather styles with fedoras this summer, check out Madewell’s Panama Hat.

It’s definitely an indicator that summer is in high season, and this hat offers maximum coverage. It’s more dramatic than the fedora, less daunting than the full-brimmed sun hat.

Made in Ecuador – funny, right? – Panama hats are definitely classic toppers that you’ll keep as accessories for years to come. Available at J.Crew’s sister store, Madewell.

 

Panama hat, $58, Madewell

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Wednesday

19

May 2010

Tasha ‘Rose Bow’ Headband

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Tasha Headband

It’s certainly not a Nicole-Richie-MK-Olsen-Bret-Michaels-inspired headband, but there’s definite appeal in Tasha’s rose bow headband.

Found in Nordstrom’s wedding shop, the satin-covered accoutrement features pearl-like beads and an exaggerated – 2.5-inches x 5-inches – chiffon bow with molded floral blooms. The band itself measures 1-inch thick, a width which is appropriate to complement any hairstyle. Lined in suede, it’s sure to stay in place – whatever the occasion.

 

Tasha Rose Bow Headband, $40.55CDN, Nordstrom

 

 

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