London seems to be going millinery-mad at present and its a wonderful thing to observe. Recently, I met a young milliner, Marie Coignus who has just started to sell her work at Atelier Millinery in London’s Soho. Marie has been a milliner for 6 years, after studying millinery at Paris’s Chambre Syndicale and then at London’s Kensington & Chelsea College. She currently works with Stephen Jones and has just produced her first hat for sale under her own name – a highly versatile turban on a blocked felt base, currently available at Atelier Millinery in Soho and pictured here. I loved it and if you do too, get down to the Soho shop or the website to snap one up before turbans become the essential hat for the coming season (and essential equipment for the perennial bad hair day).
Marie urged me to go to Kensington & Chelsea college to see the end-of-year show by this year’s millinery cohort and I was simply blown away by the creativity on show. Here’s a rundown of some of London’s brightest milliners.
Jennifer Rowley – her collection is theatrically-inspired and specifically focused on the stage magician. An endlessly adaptable crystal embellished neoprene wide brim captured my heart on sight. I have never seen something like this before.
Millou Millinery – pictured left, Anne Stoffels’s looks are romantic and dramatic. I loved the extreme and embellished veil on the hat pictured above.
Eun Young Lee Millinery – a young Korean milliner who fuses eastern and western influences – think cherry blossom embellishment on a seriously glamorous black base.
Daisy McBurney Millinery – this is English eccentricity at its absolute best – blowsy blooms, straw and snaking twigs and vegetation – a celebration of the English countryside.
Kewei Chen – sculptural, dramatic, tactile, these hats really make a statement and, interestingly are portrayed on male figures in some of the publicity shots.
Jordana Millinery – this will appeal to vintage goddesses and Downton addicts – gorgeous headpieces, helpfully segmented by style/decade and by occasion (wedding guest, mother of the bride etc)
Charlotte Roseman – Chelsea-based milliner working on a bespoke basis but also selling in Fenwick and delivering classic styles, updated with sculptural touches, also a lovely touch with a turban.
Milly Hudson – beautifully flattering pieces but also some punchy brights that would certainly appeal to an Asia-based clientele.