Friday, 4 July 2008

You can leave your hat on


I’ve affirmed on these pages in the past that I’m not a fan of the fascinator. A plastic hand band, synthetic flower and spray of feathers just doesn’t do it for me. I am a long time hat wearer; however, understand that the fascinator is often the middle ground for those who lack “hat wearing courage”. However, with all the inexpensive DIY products available and designs to copy why do weddings and outdoor activities bring us so many tacky headband/hot glue gun arrangements?

Just when I had declared my hate for this style of head piece and vowed to never wear netting and feathers together on my head, the lovely Sacha Olsen appeared in my inbox – a fellow Antipodean whose millinery skills are really something to admire. I literally take my hat off to her (the play on words here continues to amaze me) and I’m dying to get in on the action. I just adore each and every piece and love, love, love the fact that the term fascinator is void from her gorgeous new website.

Sacha (getting her first mention on the internet here at MOMTD) trained under the watchful eye of Rose Cory, former Royal Milliner to the Queen Mother. From recollection, the Queen Mum always wore fabulous head attire with those lovely long jacketed suit combinations. I’m not quite sure Liz would have gone for this bird creation though (note: the flights of fancy phenomenon this SS, birds are everywhere). I, on the other hand love something a little kooky and crazy and hope to don something from SachaOlsen.Com when I head to the Cartier Polo later this month. The question is, do I go with something from this collection or go all out and order custom couture? Possibilities are endless.

14 people have commented:

Make Do & Mend said...

Fab! Great pieces.
I wish I was going to Cartier polo. I really do like polo - we have a local team who I watch. V rough and ready team not a posh one!

nv said...

I wish I had a place to go in such a lovely hat

Imelda Matt said...

I'd love to see you in one of these creations! All the drunken suburban girls carrying their shoes (post Melbourne Cup) has turned me off the fascinator!

yumiko said...

the one with the big, pink rose is so cute!
i love big, heavy headwear, tho i never wear them much as i always get this migraines...

susie_bubble said...

I want to pile a few of those up on my head....

enc said...

Those are brilliant!

The Seeker said...

I love hats, but I think this is nice stuff.
Like IMatt I think I would love to see you in one of these creations.

xoxo

miss vintage love said...

I love netting!

Super Kawaii Mama said...

Lovely. I think it would be nice to have one custom made that incorporates an element of your personality.

fashion herald said...

love the long feathers!

WendyB said...

I would love to sport a small bird on my head.

Lady Melbourne said...

Francis Girard you have done it again!
I always wear a hat or fascinator to the races so I love to see this kind of thing represented. Sascha's stuff is lovely and chic, I would definitely wear one to Oaks- perfection!
LM
x

cupcakes and cashmere said...

that black netting paired with the peach colored flower and her fuscia lips is perfection! i'm typically not one for headpieces like these, but i've been won over! great post, love :)

Cheryl Lynn said...

What a lovely post. A wonderful opportunity to introduce such a beautifully, ladylike millnery line.

Can't wait to see you in one of her creations.

Kudos