Recently I had the pleasure of meeting milliner Anna Mikhailov HERE, who is from Saint-Petersburg, Russia and was visiting Denver for a few days. In the photo above we are wearing her signature headpieces. I met Anna on Instagram, which to my surprise has provided a platform for me to meet hundreds of milliners from across the world.

I found Anna to be warm, bright, interesting, generous and beautiful. We spent our time together chatting about headwear, as you might expect.  Below I have included a small sample of Anna’s work, which demonstrates her talent, skill and artistry.

Through her art beauty makes it to the first place… Bliss of enjoying the Beauty is sheer, you only can feel it, catch a slight whisper of a silky touch. But once you get to see the beauty of Anna Mikhaylova artworks – it’ll never float away. You start to LIVE with it, breathe, feel… BEAUTY FROM THE FIRST HANDS by Anna Mikhaylova — shocking call to acknowledge the BEAUTY as our only possible reality….From Anna’s website.

The structured veil.

Perfect for the holidays.

During my trip to Italy and when in Rome, I discovered the fabulous millinery world created by Patrizia Fabri HERE Though Patrizia doesn’t speak English and I don’t speak Italian, we were able to communicate through the language of headwear. Like kindness, the love of hats is universal.  I felt sincerely welcomed and had a marvelous time trying on hats in her studio.

The photos below depict a sampling of the gorgeous headwear that is designed by Patrizia and created in her workroom.  Again, it was through Instagram that I became aware of Patrizia and her dynamic and powerful work.

Going vertical.

Transparency.

Without exception, every milliner who I have met over the years has been warm, kind, engaging, intelligent and intriguing.  It seems as though this form of magical artistry attracts passionate and wonderful people.  I’m thrilled to have found a way to see the world though headwear.  My role as hat journalist expands and grows as time unfolds, and for that I am grateful.

 

 

 

October’s Hat Attack features ELY.B – Eleonara Bruno Hats HERE and Instagram HERE. I initially met Eleonora when she began following me on Instagram over a year ago.  When I knew that I would be in Florence, I contacted her and we arranged a meetup.  The time that we spent together was one of the highlights of my trip to Italy.

Eleanora’s headwear is magnificent. She is a feather specialist and wearing her headpieces makes me feel powerful and infused with magic.  This is what headwear can do for you if the milliner or hatmaker is talented, skilled and creative.

Luca Iannuzzi HERE and Instagram HERE shot photos and video during our afternoon at Eleanora’s atelier. He has a photo/video production house which specializes in advertising and personalized shootings for brands, especially fashion.

I enjoyed his playful and gentle demeanor, which were perfect compliments to his creativity and skill.  He established instant rapport, sought out interesting backgrounds and his kindness brought out the best of me. Most of all I had fun with two young creatives; intergenerational relationships are gloriously life enhancing.

This bold and stunning straw turban traveled home with me.  Eleonora rolled it up in tissue paper and it now lives contentedly in the hat room.  I can’t wait to take it on its first outing.

Eleanor’s feather work made me feel as though I were a regal extension of her imagination.  As though I could take flight and glide gracefully to my most dear desires. This exhilarating experience will always be with me.

Eleonora also creates headwear for occasions that don’t call for feathers.  I was especially attracted to the yellow and black felt hat in the background in the photo above. There wasn’t a piece in her atelier that I wouldn’t be proud and thrilled to wear!

I had every intention of blogging during my time in Italy. My computer was packed securely in my carry on.  However, as the days unfolded I became aware that I wanted to live in the moment and savor every experience that came my way.  All of my energy was focused on the here and now. Fortunately I have many photos that documented my adventures, and I will blog about my trip later. Today I am excited to begin my story about Italy with Eleonora Bruno and her enchanting headwear.

Eleonora Bruno Bio and photo above.

An artisan brand of hats launched in 2010 which uses feathers and materials from controlled and possibly recyclable sources. “Important hats for intelligent minds” : this is the philosophy coined by the Florentine Eleonora Bruno, born in 1987, and it perfectly defines the work of the designer, and the typical customer.

Eleonora trained at Polimoda, but has always had a strong passion for art and drawing that she deepned  through courses. Among the various awards she has won, in addition to being selected by Vogue Talents, Eleonora Bruno was one of the eight finalists in the H&M Design Award 2013. Her imaginative creations have been photographed by Anna Dello Russo and Karl Lagerfeld for their fashion shoots for Vogue Japan and Harper’s Bazaar.

Eleonora’s hats can be defined as “compositions to wear” :large floral elements, woven straw and unexpected colour contrasts boasting a very exuberant style. The brand combines the artistic studies of the founder with her personal and imaginative vision of hats. Her creations are unique pieces often inspired by nature, exotic birds with beautiful feathers and the marine world.….Eleanora Bruno Website

Photos by Luca Iannuzzi (photo above)

Thank you Eleonora and Luca, for a memorable afternoon of unforgettable headwear and frivolity.  I will be watching as your careers soar.

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb, Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style and Cherie’s Shoe and Tell Fashion Link Up HERE at Style Nudge.

Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear my way. Give The SC aN OCTOBER HAT ATTACK and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post. The link-up will be open through October 31st.

Anyone can participate in the celebration of headwear!  Click on the blue link-up button and there are a number of ways to share your photo from your blog, Instagram or your computer photo files.  All forms of headwear are appreciated:  hat, headwrap, headscarf, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you enjoy.  Multiple photos are encouraged!

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Hat Attack #50

September 1st, 2017

September’s Hat Attack is a natural straw wide brim with black straw trim by Marzi HERE., which I discovered at an estate sale about a year ago.  Marzi hats are made in Italy, which is perfect for September 1st, as I will be traveling to Venice on this very day.  Who knows what hat adventures lie ahead! As a hat journalist I will share the beauty!

This large brimmed hat allows a very small window into the world, peering forth beneath its protective straw cover. There are times when I like the choice of a limited view.  Just another example of the advantages of wearing  a chapeau.

Photos By Daniel

Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear my way. Give The SC a SEPTEMBER HAT ATTACK and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post. The link-up will be open through September 30th.

Anyone can participate in the celebration of headwear!  Click on the blue link-up button and there are a number of ways to share your photo from your blog, Instagram or your computer photo files.  All forms of headwear are appreciated:  hat, headwrap, headscarf, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you enjoy.  Multiple photos are encouraged!

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Monochromatic In The Park

August 28th, 2017

I’m down to the wire and packing for a trip, and in the process my gaze landed on this cream-colored vintage suit with peplum which I haven’t worn since my daughter Camille’s graduation from college in the spring of 2004. The hat was created for the suit by the talented milliner Jeanne Bjorn HERE.

Jeanne lived in Denver for a period of time, and I took millinery classes from her. I considered becoming a milliner, but decided instead to become a hat journalist, seeker and collector. I don’t have to own every hat that I love.  Photographing headwear and trying it on for a moment has the power to satisfy my passion for its beauty.

I’ve had the cream-colored open toe pumps since the 90’s and the estate sale jewelry has been with me for years.  My sacred collections hold the memories of my life, just as hat boxes contain the objects of my passion.

Photos By Daniel

Sometimes I change hats in midstream, as I did here in the park.  Which is why I carried this vintage hat box with me for today’s adventure. The gold turban is by Heather Stoten HERE, and suits the suit.  Who wants to commit to one hat to accompany an outfit?

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb, Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style and Cherie’s Shoe and Tell Fashion Link Up HERE at Style Nudge.

This past week I spent several days with the gorgeous blogger and instagrammer Jean of Dross Into Gold HERE, who was visiting Denver with her husband Joey Sommerville HERE.  Joey, a talented blues/jazz musician who plays the trumpet and keyboards and is an inspiring vocalist, was performing with his band over the weekend at the Genuine Jazz and Wine Festival in Copper Mountain HERE. It was the perfect opportunity to spend time reconnecting with Jean, which over the years has become a summer ritual.

Jean was the first blogger that I met over six years ago, and we have been friends ever since.  She is creative, kind, brilliant, mischievous and talented.  We always have a wonderful time together, which includes cutting a wide swath through estate sales, thrift shops and consignment stores.  We have similar interests and endless energy in pursuit of our art.

Jean’s visit included a photo shoot with Daniel, which allowed for a tornado of laughter and creativity. We traveled to the Taxi Development HERE in the River North neighborhood of Denver, where we took residence in an office building which provided backgrounds with interesting and quirky spaces, art and brilliantly colored walls.

We took full advantage of scenes that inspired us, playfully collaborating, experimenting and creating. I can’t think of a better way to spend time.

Arm wrestling anyone?

Jean is wearing a linen tunic from Ready Trading Taos HERE, a multicolored underskirt of her own design, earrings and necklace by Lynzee Lynx HERE, vintage Kokin HERE hat from the Style Crone hat collection, and her signature silver bangles that “sing” when she walks.

I’m wearing a vintage yellow tunic from Lili Vintage New Orleans HERE, a gifted vintage straw hat with fruit trim, estate sale vintage bracelets and earrings, and retail sale heeled sandals with fruit trim, purchased years ago.  The white background was purchased retail over the years.

Daniel brought out the best of both of us with his humorous comments and his insightful direction.

A candid shot in the hallway as we plot our next move.

Photos By Daniel

In the above photo we’re sitting under a piece by the iconic Denver artist Susan Wick HERE. Though our photo shoot had come to an end, our adventures have not.  There’s always a next time to build on a relationship that evolved from the very best part of blogging, which is meeting people with similar interests, including the exploration of style and its magical power to heal and transform. Which I believe is what the world needs now.

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb, Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style and Cherie’s Shoe and Tell Fashion Link Up HERE at Style Nudge.

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