We, who were present, were taken by the movement of the headpiece - the crystals and feeler feathers actually danced in the breeze.
This piece is a visual arcade: a cascade of fluttering feathers and sparkles of light reflecting from a myriad of sequins. Perhaps New Years Eve…?
Named after Lloyd Scarff, a student of fashion,this is my couture interpretation of our natural surroundings, using one of our best known Vancouver Island resources, cedar.
This fascinator is perfect for a night out à la pizazz. The shiny beads inspire the silks to POP! This hat is meant to be worn very low, over one eye – for an outré couture, flirty look.
The circular pieces contrast with the square crown, the uber-modern veiling stands out against the traditional duponi fabric; somewhat mirroring how differences between people can evoke the best in all.
Repose and allure peek through this most unusual veiling, while the feathers and buttons quickly say “come hither”. This pillbox mimics the dangerous-yet-beautiful messages we sense from nature.
The traditional silhouette soothes those with a vintage quest, but the non-traditional materials excite those looking for glitz.
A selection of feathers top a black veil. This ode to birdlife blends into the forest as easily as it stands out in a crowd of well-dressed women.
Trimmed feathers radiate from a grouping of blue/grey feathers and a bejewelled dragonfly. There are 38 species of dragonflies in the Comox Valley; my design hints at the mystic of the Blue-eyed Darner Dragonfly.
Stripped white feathers with crystals. This is a teaching piece created with my mentor, William (of William Walker Millinery), for myself. My fascinator is a reinterpretation of one worn by Princess Beatrice a few years ago.
"The feather gives to this red hat its wings to fly."
"Hats are a great antidote to what's going on. It's really their purpose to put a happy face on a sad world."
"In difficult times fashion is always outrageous."
"And finding the hat, I always like to find the hat. And then props just dress the set. It's all fabulous."
"Women who love hats don't get jealous. It makes them happy to see a hat that looks good on someone else. Women who wear hats know who they are."
"If a woman rebels against high heeled shoes, she should take care to do it in a very smart hat."
"I myself have 12 hats, and each one represents a different personality. Why just be yourself?"
"Wearing a hat versus not wearing a hat is the difference between looking adequate and looking your best."
"Life is like a new hat. You don't know if it suits you if you keep trying it on in front of your own mirror."
"Women are vain. They think they look better in hats — if they have any sense."