Hat Attack

Hat Attack #28

November's Hat Attack features a vintage floppy brimmed leopard print fur felt hat by Adolpho, which I purchased for next to nothing at the thrift shop Second Debut HERE during my recent visit to Minneapolis. Though I have many animal print hats in residence in the hat room, this beauty is completely different from anything in my current collection. I love peering from beneath its sweeping brim, blocking or viewing a perspective on a whim.  How could I resist its compelling splendor? Photos By Daniel I plan to wear it to lunch with a friend this week so that it
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Hat Attack #27

October's Hat Attack is brought to you by the Guild Collective HERE , which is "a curated collection of the fine work of stylists, local artists, photographer, retailers and designers from around Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota."  I stumbled upon this unique shop during my recent trip to visit my mother. The Guild has a large selection of vintage hats, and I tried on each and every one. This 1960's black fur felt chapeau with high crown, brim and faux leather trim caught my attention, and I couldn't leave without it. Photos By Daniel It now has its place in the
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Hat Attack #26

September's Hat Attack was designed and created by the mother-daughter duo Heidi and Kelly Wade at Heidi Hat HERE in Aspen, Colorado.  All hats (along with their line of yoga wear) are manufactured in Colorado.  I discovered this charming boutique when visiting Aspen in July HERE. This black fabric cloche is adorned with a whimsical Pucci fabric flower.  How could I possible resist its playful appeal? Photos By Daniel I love movement in my accessories, and this hat has the ability to make me smile as I fine-tune its placement and adjust the angle of its fabric flower.  Headwear provides the
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Hat Attack #25

Welcome to Hat Attack #25, which means that I've been sharing my love for headwear on the first of every month on Style Crone for over two years.  Over that period of time I haven't touched on the category of casual hats. The headwear that I wear most frequently as I go about my days!  I never leave the house without headwear, and today I'm featuring a structured straw cap by Diane Harty Millinery HERE of Frisco, Colorado.  She can do headwear across the millinery continuum, as featured HERE on Hat Attack in July of 2014.  Diane has the talent to
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Hat Attack #24

July's Hat Attack was designed by Carol Markel, milliner, artist and blogger at Femme et Fleur HERE. I chose this beauty from Carol's "Hat Shop In A Box," which was featured on my post of last week.  Carol names her creations, and this chapeau goes by "Circle In The Square."  I love its geometric shapes and vibrant colors trimmed with a touch of sparkle. I was honored to be photographed by the generous and talented Denton Taylor HERE just before leaving Manhattan for LaGuardia Airport and my flight back to Denver. Denton has several blogs, including Silver-Haired Beauties HERE, a
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Hat Attack #23

June's Hat Attack is one of my all time favorites, which was discovered in Miami at C Madeline's HERE, a vintage shop of epic proportions.  Their vintage hat collection is outstanding and this sculpture attests to its excellence. This teal feather covered toque has a special perch in the hat room.  Its feathers have been stripped with the tips left intact, and when not out the door for a special occasion, it thrills me every time my gaze lands on its splendor. Photos By Daniel Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear love my way! Please display your
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Hat Attack #22

I've been spending time over the past few weeks at Heather Stoten's millinery studio, The Hat Workshop HERE.  She's making my hat for Camille's wedding, which has been a collaborative and creative process that brings me great pleasure.  May's Hat Attack is a cream paribuntal straw hat with hand rolled cream and black silk leaves.  I spotted this beauty on a rack in the studio and decided to feature it today. It's another hat that I adore, but will leave behind in Heather's studio.  Wearing it for Hat Attack is "enough."  Documenting its beauty with a photo fulfills my heart's
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Hat Attack #21

The April Hat Attack features a spring/summer hat made from a straw crown and white organdy hand pleated brim by Heather Stoten Millinery HERE.  Her studio, The Hat Workshop, is located in Boulder, Colorado, not far from home.  I am ecstatic at having found her! Heather is originally from London, England and her background HERE is impressive. She has sold her hats at Harrods Department Store and has worked with Philip Treacy HERE, one of my favorite hat designers.  To have her a short drive away is worth more to me than a Cartier "Tutti Frutti" necklace! As I mentioned in
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Hat Attack #20

Hat Attack for March features this multicolored velvet turban by Lisogorsky. I discovered this beauty over a year ago when hat shopping in NYC with the fabulous Jean and Valerie of The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas HERE.  They always know the very best hat haunts! I wore this turban once before on Style Crone HERE for my dear friend Diana's croning ceremony, where I referred to this piece of art as an elevated crone crown.  Some hats are without question Hat Attack worthy and in need of a close-up! Here it is in all of its glory, with its folds of draped multicolored
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Hat Attack #19

    The hat for February's Hat Attack is a vintage peacock feathered Jack McConnell beauty that was gifted to The SC years ago by a dear friend. When not on my head it rests on a hat stand on top of a secretary that sits in the dining room, which contains a few of my favorite hats on shelving behind a glass door. I display my hats as art in almost every room in my home, surrounding myself with splendor. I can't resist a hat with feathered wings, which when worn, gives me the sense that I can fly
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Hat Attack #18

Happy New Year To All! To all who receive my posts by email, I accidentally published an unfinished post while editing this morning.  It will be out on Monday in its completed edition.  Oops!!! The SC and Daniel traveled to my friend Diana's home, and as you would expect, she has lace curtains, blooming flowers and a lovely sun-soaked space.  I love how the lace curtains create interesting patterns on my ensemble in this photo.  January's Hat Attack needed an infusion of light! I discovered this Abigail Aldgridge hat HERE years ago at The Hat Shop HERE during a NYC
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Hat Attack #17

December's Hat Attack brings out an estate sale red 1960's Saks Fifth Avenue hat with brim, which has had a place in the hat room for years. Peering from beneath its brim provides a sanctuary and offers possibilities. I can choose to block out what I don't want to see, or open myself up to the full view ahead. Photos By Daniel Or look downward with the choice of contemplation, as I entertain inner thoughts and perspectives.  The advantages of wearing hats are many, and I am appreciative every day of the year. Headwear is an important piece of body
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Hat Attack #16

As promised in my post about Paris HERE, I'm wearing the headpiece that I discovered at Marie Mercie' HERE.  It was the first hat of many that I tried on upon entering the millinery salon, and it made a lasting impression.  Sometimes the first hat that I spot is the one that finds a place in the hat room! I loved how the leopard print bow perches on my forehead and I just happened to have a vintage clutch and vintage earrings that were screaming to get in on the fun. I found it mandatory to show this beauty from all
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Hat Attack #15

The SC discovered this black velvet headpiece with feather and red velvet bow at The Vintage Studio HERE in Minneapolis during my recent trip to Minnesota.  I was immediately attracted to its  ability to  capture my attention, perched on a rack filled with dozens of beauties.  It flew to my head at the drop of a hat. I didn't resist its magnetic  appeal, and it accompanied me home.  I'm looking forward to wearing it at the earliest opportunity.  Out to dinner.  A party.  Or another evening event that calls for a feather to elevates my spirit. Photos By Daniel Please display your
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Hat Attack #14

Recently The SC received a gift from dear friends Lonnie and Terry.   When I laid eyes upon this whimsical piece, I thought immediately that it was nothing less than a charm bracelet for the head. Lonnie is a brilliant artist and creative HERE and HERE.  Equally talented, Terry is a huge fan of estate sales.  Along with another friend, we had a booth in an antique market years ago.  I'm grateful to have friends who know how much I would enjoy this handmade adornment for the head. Each "charm" has been stitched unto its base of felt with playful thoughtfulness. Photos by
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Hat Attack #13

  Whenever I travel I have my eye out for hats.  It's second nature and part of my DNA at this point.  So when in San Francisco, I called milliner DeAnna Gibbons HERE, with the intention of visiting her studio.  She generously suggested that I visit Hats On Post HERE, a delightful hat shop tucked away on the sixth floor of a building close to Union Square HERE, blocks from our location. I was not disappointed.  I discovered the above headpiece by Celine Robert Hat Design France HERE, who is "famed for her chic bandeau and turban style hats."  In
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Hat Attack #12

Hat Attack is celebrating its first anniversary and in honor of this milestone, The SC is wearing a hat created by Diane Harty HERE from Frisco HERE which is a short drive from Vail and is referred to as  the "Main Street Of The Rockies."  I stopped into Diane's studio with Mr. J on our trip down the mountain several weeks ago. July's headpiece is the "Halo," made of straw and stripped rooster feathers.  It is a major "face-framer" and makes me feel alive with its dramatic movement.     "I am a one person studio, specializing in hats constructed on an
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Hat Attack #11

The SC is drawn to hats that allow themselves to be molded into many different permutations or personalities. The flexible shape changers of the millinery world! This black lacquered straw hat with patent leather band from my hat shop in the 80's takes me as far as my creativity allows.  The possibilities are endless! This hat was designed by Kokin HERE, who has a flair for the dramatic.  Meeting Kokin many years ago in his showroom in NY during a hat shop buying trip was an experience that I will remember always! This week my yoga teacher made the request of
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Hat Attack #10

Another Christian Dior chapeau spoke to me this week.  This vintage silk floral bouquet was discovered by my dear friend Thom, who was managing an estate sale for a friend.  He called me about it, knowing that I would fall in love with its multicolored beauty. Of course he was right.  Friendships that support who we are are priceless! I feel like I have a flower garden on my head, which is a state of mind that I highly recommend! Photos by Daniel April showers bring May flowers. Now it's your turn! Please display your hat, headwrap, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower,
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Hat Attack #9

Cocktail hat.  Headpiece.  Fascinator.  Terms dear to my heart!  Today my vintage headpiece is composed of feathers and silk veiling.  Years ago it was discovered in a vintage shop in Cambridge, which is sadly no longer open.  I entered the store with a friend, and there it was perched on the wall, calling to me.  I found it irresistible. It's been with me ever since.  The pink and chartreuse color combination greets me daily from the hat room. The top of the headpiece reveals the artistry of the milliner. Sometimes I wear the feathers, which resemble a blooming flower, on
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