Dita Von Teese watches from front row
Dita Von Teese is hardly the type you would expect in wellies, jeans and a rock tee would you? She was spotted last weekend in this pink and white dress at the 2009 Coachella Music Festival in California.
I've been a sucker for hats since mine disappeared at a show during couture week in Paris. (Ivana Trump, if you saw anyone walk off with it, email me.) So when I spotted these lovelies outside the Basso & Brooke show at London Fashion Week, I had to get a snap.
The trend to wear vintage hats blew up when Dita von Teese became a household name, but I like that these aren't the typical go-to options.
What do you think of the headwear - and the whole looks?
Hot-ticket designer William Tempest delivered a collection of gorgeously architectural, Tudor-inspired dresses just a few hours ago (full review later), and like the members of Fash Pack, Emma Watson and Sophie Alexander seemed pleased. Assumably, so did the reps from Sass & Bide who were also sitting in the packed house at Vauxhall Fashion Scout.
New York Fashion Week starts tomorrow, and the style posse comes to London in just eight days. Can you tell we're going into designer tunnel vision?
Olesia Makhonko, born in Ukraine but headhunted to the UK (long story), has shown off her maximally structured line, Molessa, at Ukrainian Fashion Week and Amsterdam's Modefabriek. This season, she joins our team. Although I still hold a bit of jealousy over her internship at Alexander McQueen...
Here, Olesia goes into detail about geometry, keepin' it real and Natalia Vodianova. Fingers crossed you'll see her looks in a London boutique soon.
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A combination of Dita von Teese, Isabella Blow tributes and a global recession that's left people looking back to days gone by have helped reintroduce a touch of class known as the hat. And thank goodness, because it gives people all the more reason to talk about great creative minds like Justin Smith.
Justin's bespoke millinery line, J Smith Esquire, fuses tried-and-tested detailing with modern shapes, and I would love to see the piece pictured below out on the streets. Stephen Jones is a fan of the range, and that iD styling award pretty much speaks for itself.
What's most surprising? Justin only finished his millinery course in 2005. I guess becoming creative director of Toni & Guy was time-consuming.
Here, Justin shares how it all took shape with the Fash Pack.
What made you get into hats from hairstyling, and what reaction did people give you when you announced your switch?
I used to do lots of avant-garde shows with the hairdressing, so it was quite a natural step. I went on a millinery course to help me with the avant-garde hair, and I had no call to do collections anymore as I left Toni & Guy (who I used to do them for).