06 July 2010

Fancy hat! Galliano to launch millinery range!

Yay! After the perfect fashion synergy we experienced on hearing the news that Jean Paul Gaultier is to design a range of lingerie for La Perla, we nodded our heads very approvingly when this popped through on the wire. The very dashing and debonair Mr John Galliano is to launch a range on scarves and hats. Brilliant! His Charlie Chaplinesque menswear offering a week ago had us swooning, and he accepted applause for his bloomingly beautiful couture show yesterday wearing a boater style hat and tulle veil, by his long term collaborator, rad hatter Stephen Jones.

Galliano is a crucial figure in the resurgence of modern millinery – without actually being a hat maker himself, both his eponymous label - and to an even greater degree his collections for Christian Dior - have been making hats more fashionable for years. Just think of the flights of fancy like the tulip headgear in his couture show yesterday, as well as the head-confections of his Dior collections gone by, all created for him by Londoner Stephen Jones (trivia fans will know that John was still a fashion student at Central Saint Martins when he originally approached Stephen while he was out clubbing in Soho, and asked if he would make him some hats).

Meanwhile, we’ve noticed the trend for an ‘It’ scarf shows no sign of slowing down. Like the Stephen Sprouse for Louis Vuitton leopard number or the Alexander McQueen skull print scarf adopted by fashionistas in mourning for the late designer to name but two. Dare we say it, but for a quick fashion fix, a designer scarf is far cheaper than a bag or dress, is instantly recognizable for showing off the branding and will fit you whatever your size. Good thinking Mr G – we can’t wait to see the finished collection!

[WWD]

-Naomi Attwood


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