Stephen Jones' Brighton Pavillion inspired gold hat for Trafalgar Square's George IV and his horse!
Today sees the launch of Grazia’s Hatwalk – a millinery extravaganza of a lifetime. London’s streets have been turned into one big catwalk of hats; designed by the planet’s most talented milliners and showcased by the latest in fashion supermodels… the capital’s statues! From Stephen Jones to Kate Middleton’s current favourite, Sylvia Fletcher, the millinery community were up bright and early to see their pieces crane-hoisted onto the likes of Nelson, Shakespeare and Queen Victoria. Onlookers were surprised and snap-happy, with many already hopping onto Boris Bikes to cycle the Hatwalk circuit!
“I am thrilled to bits to be here.” Stephen Jones excitedly told us at the press launch breakfast in Trafalgar Square where we spotted his Maharajah-like creation atop George IV. “My hat was the last to go up at 4am and I was so nervous that it would fall apart or fall off! It was so complicated to make it to scale, waterproof and stable.” We also caught up with Sophie Beale, Grazia’s Hat Factor competition winner, whose top secret prize at the time was to design a hat of her own for this very occasion. Flourishing General Sir Charles James Napier with a swirl, she explained “I just took inspiration from Napier himself. I came down one day and just stood in front of him for a while. His presence and silhouette, plus his work overseas really inspired me.” And to be part of such a momentous event that will never happen again? “I’m so honoured. The entire process of winning Hat Factor and being involved in Hatwalk has given me so much confidence to continue with my own line.”
Sophie may be aiming for Florence Welch and Charlotte Gainsbourg to don her creations in the future, but it’s DoC Kate Middleton who get’s the thumbs up from Stephen Jones. “She’d win the gold medal for hat wearing!” He told us, “She’s totally at home with wearing them and she looks convincing. They’re always neat and precise - and she should carry on with the same kind of style.” With many K-Middy appearances to come, will Mr Jones be right? We'll keep you posted...
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