Hat Attack

Hat Attack #59: Cha Cha’s House

June's Hat Attack is a handdyed ombre parisisol top hat which milliner and creative genius Cha Cha HERE designed in collaboration with Andria, one of the owners at Salmagundi HERE, a wonderful hat shop in Boston. The top hat is trimmed with a navy blue satin ribbon, natural peacock swords and handmade straw swizzles. The crown is hand sculpted to give it a bit more undulation. As a fan of top hats, I can't wait to wear this out to dinner or to a party. I've adored Cha Cha's designs for years, and her distinctive style is very recognizable. This new
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Hat Attack #58 – Alexandra Harper Millinery London

May's Hat Attack is the spearmint ostrich feather explosion by Alexandra Harper Millinery London HERE.  I love how the feathers cascade from the headband and softly caress my face.  Feathers and the flowers at Union Station Denver HERE somehow bloom together. With this post I'm excited to reveal Style Crone's new look.  After blogging for almost eight years, an update was long overdue. This is a step forward and represents a commitment to continue.  Thank you to all followers and those of you who comment on Style Crone.  I am deeply grateful! BIOGRAPHY: Alexandra Harper London-based milliner Alexandra Harper designs and
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Hat Attack #53

December's Hat Attack is an "ode" to vintage millinery finery.  This Coralie brimmed beauty with rhinestone pin has been perched in the hat room for years.  When I realized that it was the perfect accessory for the red vintage coat that I purchased from a friend several years ago, I knew that it was time to declare my love for vintage hats. I love hats from every era if they call to me. Today I'm announcing from the empty stage at Denver's Union Station that the way to top off an outfit for the holidays is to "put a hat on
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Hat Attack #52 – Carol Markel Millinery

November's Hat Attack was created by the gorgeous milliner, artist and blogger Carol Markel of Femme et Fleur HERE.  I have to admit that this piece of headwear is one of my all time favorites, although how could I possibly create a hierarchy within my hat collection when I have so much love for them all.  They facilitate the expression of different aspects of my personality. Perhaps I'm guilty of humanizing my hats. I adore Carol's love of color, texture and design and this hat is a statement piece that never fails to inspire me to live life to the
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Hat Attack #51 – Eleonora Bruno Hats

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
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Hat Attack #50

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
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Hat Attack #49 – Celina Kane of Hat Make

During my recent trip to Minneapolis I had the pleasure of meeting the talented milliner Celina Kane of Hat Make HERE.  I had great fun in her studio trying on hats and partaking in "Hat Chat."  I fell in love with this canary yellow parisisal percher with pearl, sequin and Swarovski hand embroidery.  Magically it played well with my vintage yellow silk dress embellished with white beads.  Celina named this hat "Limoncello." About me by Celina Kane Educated at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, I triple-majored in Art History, Political Science & French Studies. While studying in Paris
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Hat Attack #48 – The Feather Headpiece

July's Hat Attack features a whimsical feather delicacy that captured my attention in England fourteen years ago while attending my friends' wedding.  The fuchsia and black feathers cascade from a black velvet headband, covering my face and hair like a veil. I wore this headpiece out dancing after I returned from England.  My hair was red at the time, and I received many compliments about my pink, black and red hair.  Now that my hair is silver, there is more definition between my hat and my natural hair. The only way to find out if this is true is to
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Hat Attack #44 – Heather Stoten Millinery

Today's March Hat Attack is an ode to Heather Stoten Millinery HERE. Heather has lived in Boulder, Colorado, for several years now, and I discovered her before my daughter Camille's wedding. She created the hat for my mother-of-the bride ensemble, and I have loved going to her studio, playing with her hats and chatting with her about headwear. Heather loves turbans and she created this beauty for me last spring, made from Silk Organza and Silk Dupioni draped over a light foundation.  I particularly love how the difference in fabric, weight and transparency look when blended together. Heather and her family
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Hat Attack #42 – Irina Sardareva Hats

January's Hat Attack is a collaboration with Irina Sardareva HERE, a talented Bulgarian milliner who I met on Instagram.  I love connecting with hat designers from across the world and discovering diversity of style and self-expression.  This has been an unexpected source of great pleasure. Thank you to all who participate in sharing your "headwear expressions." I can't tell you how much I appreciate your love of millinery and your generous offerings. Happy New Year to all, and may your 2017 be filled with many magnificent hats. "The red cap beret is inspired to transform a parade military cap to
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Hat Attack #40 – Mademoiselle Slassi

November's Hat Attack features the mini beret Taxi! by Mademoiselle Slassi HERE.  My collaboration with Karima Slassi began this past July when she and her daughter visited Denver.  Karima is from Paris, but had lived in Colorado years ago.  We had been Facebook friends for several years, and I was very excited when she contacted me and we arranged a meetup for dinner. "The Taxi! line of hats is emblematic of Mademoiselle Slassi because the yellow color perfectly expresses the spirit of the brand: an ode to joy, elegance and originality. The mini beret Taxi! plays with the chic and the
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Hat Attack #39 – Louise Green Millinery

Two weeks ago I had the privilege and honor of visiting Louise Green Millinery HERE during my trip to Los Angeles to attend the book signing for Ari Seth Cohen's Older And Wiser HERE.  The book signing took place at the Louise Green Millinery Studio, and was hosted by Louise and her husband Lawrence (I will be blogging about the event next week). I was embraced with open arms and felt very welcomed by their generosity and kindness. During the book signing I meticulously scanned the hats on display. I was stopped in my tracks by this lush sage green profile fedora with
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Hat Attack #38

September's Hat Attack celebrates my first formal collaboration with a milliner.  Months ago Cha Cha HERE contacted me by email, asking if I would be interested in working together.  In the past, nothing of this nature had peaked my interest, but when I visited her website I was very impressed and to my surprise, and without hesitation, I said "yes." During my most recent trip to New York I visited her studio, and it was then that I realized that my instincts had been right.  Cha Cha was warm, fun, interesting and engaging.  Her staff was welcoming and her workroom was
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Hat Attack #37

August's Hat Attack was discovered at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival at the beginning of July.  The milliner Diane Harty HERE from Frisco, Colorado is usually present as a vendor with her beautiful headwear made from fine sewn straw braid.  I attend the festival just to see her new creations. This year I was captivated with a black headpiece adorned with fuchsia feathers.  It reflects the color of the roses in my back garden! I love movement in my accessories!  Spontaneously throwing about a black silk scarf seemed like the only thing to do to accentuate the feathers.  This chapeau makes me
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Hat Attack #36

This one is for Daniel, who is in the midst of a lifesaving unplanned surgery today.  All my thoughts and best wishes are with him as I write this post.  It's the third anniversary of Hat Attack and every photo for this monthly series was taken by Daniel. I'm constantly grateful for our ongoing collaboration, and look forward to his speedy return. Daniel requests that the show must go on, so Mr. J, my trusty iPhone and my wrinkled white linen tunic traveled with me to the periphery of the Denver Botanic Gardens to honor him and our monthly ritual
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Hat Attack #35

June's Hat Attack was created by artist, milliner and blogger Carol Markel of Femme et Fleur HERE.  This colorful fedora accompanied me back to Denver after my most recent visit to NYC.  I've worn Carol's hats before on Style Crone, but this chapeau deserved it's very own feature on Hat Attack. The magnificent colors and shapes that adorn this hat were irresistible to me, and I happened to find a vintage neon pink jacket in my closet that could accessorize its strength.  This hat is the main event! Photos By Daniel Thank you to Deborah Boland for featuring Style Crone
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Hat Attack #32

The March Hat Attack was discovered at Papillion Vintage in Jerome, Arizona.  It's blue velvet fabric covers blocked buckram, and the bow in the back makes for a great exit. Blue is one of my favorite colors, and I decided to go monochromatic.  There's no such thing as an overdose of cobalt blue! Photos By Daniel Linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday HERE, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE, and Cherie’s Shoe and Tell HERE. Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear love my way! Please display your hat, headwrap, headscarf, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head
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Hat Attack #31

February's Hat Attack features a vintage Norma Kamali baby leopard print toque with matching gauntlets.  These pieces were "seized" from my hat shop in the 1980's and they traveled with me on my recent trip to Sedona. I decided that they needed to be focused upon more fully after I fell in love with them once again.  They hadn't been on an outing for years and are now having a revival! I love hats that are "shape changers" and can present as different personalities on a whim.  This Norma Kamali beauty transforms from toque to beret at the drop of
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Hat Attack #30

January's Hat Attack is a vintage fur felt chapeau with felt bow and trim by French designer Marcelle Agrellet, which was discovered at Fabulous Fannys HERE several years ago in NYC when shopping with Jean and Valerie of the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas HERE. Photos By Daniel The days have grown bitter cold, and sometimes grey without the brilliant light of the Colorado sun.  The perfect time to wear my warmest hats and coats, and the multiple layers that offer protection from winter's stark presence.  The beauty of every season can be more fully valued beneath a brim. I'm greeting 2016 "Hat On"
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Hat Attack #29

December's Hat Attack spends its days on the mantel, above the fireplace in my home.  Why keep beauty hidden in a box when it can be on display?  It was purchased at The Hat Shop NYC HERE in the late 90's, and I love its wispy feathers and compelling mix of greens. Headpiece, fascinator, holiday ornament.  The term or category used to describe this piece is insignificant. The importance lies in its allure and how it makes me feel when I glance daily at its playful splendor.  Why save that rich experience for special occasions?  Especially when the starkness of
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