Thanks to Gossip Girl, Blair Waldorf started the biggest and widespread used of headbands and now they are called ‘Blair-bands’ but even before she could put one Europeans are so into using hats, facinators and headpieces to glam up what is already over board. Since the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, using these accessories became a hit and fashion followers forecasted the use of hats and fascinators soon. Here are some of world known millinery makers you should know.
Laetitia Crahay for Chanel’s Maison Michel Millinery
Since she started working with her fashion-school-dropout classmate Olivier Theyskens to set up his renegade brand in 1997, she has turned herself into one of the most creative forces in fashion. Now 33, she heads up accessories and jewelry at Chanel, and is the artistic director of Maison Michel, the tiny millinery firm that Chanel invested in in 2006 as part of an effort to preserve traditional craftsmanship in Paris.
Since then, what Crahay has done with the company has been nothing short of remarkable. She’s created an entire world of hype around a few sexed-up hats, getting them onto the heads of everyone from Lara Stone to Lady Gaga, and bringing in collaborative partners like the wunderkind illustrator Cedric Rivrain. Yes. Sexed-up hats. It’s no mean feat — there is, after all, not much in the fashion world ordinarily that’s fustier and less sexy than hats. The Moment caught up with Crahay in anticipation of the Fall 2010 Chanel show.
jennifer behr creates a range of seductive headpieces - 21st century crowns - each one with its own appeal… crystals set in dark metal and hand-stitched to ethereal silk chiffons, braided ropes, slick patent leathers and tough studs. this season jennifer artfully incorporates it all to pin back even the unruliest of locks. the collection is made by hand in her studio and within a network of small workshops in brooklyn and manhattan. this results in hair accessories carrying the soul of handwork, while remaining thoroughly modern in appearance.
He has designed hats for Alexander McQueen’s white Haute Couture collection at Givenchy in Paris and for Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. He designs hats for all the most important designers in the world including Valentino, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karen. He has been awarded the title of British Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards on five occasions during the early 1990s. The late Isabella Blow, style editor of Tatler, helped Philip launch himself as a well known milliner and wore many of his hats. Treacy was design director of The g Hotel in Galway, in 2005.
He was awarded an honorary OBE for services to the British fashion industry by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at a ceremony in Clarence House on 19 November 2007.
He has designed hats for various films including Harry Potter films, and designed Sarah Jessica Parker’s hat for the première of the film, Sex and the City. Thirty-six of Treacy’s hats were worn at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on 29 April 2011.
He takes courses at the school of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, before heading off to the Studio Berçot. Then a series of apprenticeships, at Christian Lacroix — bien sur — but also at Jean Colonna, Thierry Mugler, and Fred Sathal where he is appointed assistant.
He designs his first collection in 1997, but things really start to take shape in 2001 when he presents his first mixed catwalk show under a Tyrolese-Disco inspiration. The following collections go from “Croisière à Hawaï” to “Piste aux Etoiles”. In November 2002, winner at the “Gwand Festival”, he comes away with the Swiss Textile Award; a financial aid that will consequently accompany his developpement.
Moscou, Osaka, Shangaî, Toronto, Amsterdam….invite the designers to show his collections during differents events and fashion weeks . As a supplement to his own collections, he multiplies the new experiences which urge him little by little to choose new supports of creations. A first grant of the City hall of Paris and the AFAA sends him to work in embroiderers cooperative for 2 months in a favela of Rio de Janeiro. Few years later he obtains a second grant of THE AFAA which allows him to leave to Mexico to work on the theme of « Dia de los muertos » together with the photographer Vincent Gapaillard. Manon Savary confides him the realization of the costumes of ” L’illusion comique ” and Absolut Vodka chooses him to represent France during their annual “fashion” operation.
In 2005 he accessorizes his last collection on the theme of the gypsies with hats embroidered with patchworks. A success! The idea ” scored “, he decides to concentrate definitively on head accessories. Every season, he presents playful and inspired headpieces. His ” Bunnyears ” (wink to Playboy magasine) are photographed in the most famous international fashion magazines.
Today Chapurin, Diesel Gold Label, Bernhard Whilelm, MAC or Jean Paul Goude appeals to him to accessorize fashion shows or advertisements. Anna Sui asked him to realize a short collection, sold in his shop of New York and at Isetan in Japan. In May, 2010, the French Spring of Jakarta organized its first retrospective in Indonesia.
His collection is distribute to shops such as Le Bon Marché in Paris, Liberty in London, Via Bus Stop Kashyama and Isetan in Tokyo, Tsum in Moscow, or Beymen in Istanbul..