June’s Hat Attack is a tulle “crown” which was discovered at an estate sale about a year ago.  I was drawn to its lightweight taupe layers and soft sculptured silhouette.  It makes me feel like I’m floating when I walk.

I’m wearing it with a vintage black satin jacket in today’s photos, but as I write this, several pieces in my vintage inventory have come to mind, which would give it a different flavor.  Sometimes it takes time to get to know a chapeau!  This tulle beauty is like a fine delicacy waiting for an exceptionally special occasion.

Photos By Daniel

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

May 22nd, 2017

Sometimes I get a crush on a hat, and wear it several times in succession. That’s what happened with this black and white polka dot fabric hat by Toronto milliner David Dunkley HERE.  Like any brief and intense infatuation, I became obsessed with its beauty.  It grabs my attention whenever I walk by the hat room, and it playfully visits my thoughts intermittently throughout the day.

When this headwear phenomenon occurs, I become focused on outfit possibilities that harmonize with the hat that holds my attention. This polka dot hat offers versatility, because it can be worn with black and white or a wide range of colors.  Last weekend I wore it with bright orange!

The “Elizabeth” is made of fine linen and can be rolled up for travel.  It’s also a great sun hat and can be made of several fabrics. I love how it frames the face!

Magically, the linen collar and cuffs of this vintage black knit maxi dress mirrored the color of white of the hat.  The large vintage pearl and black earrings, black and white patent leather pumps, vintage polka dot scarf and red lipstick were chosen to accessorize the chapeau.

Photos By Daniel

Hat crushes come and go, but I always remember which hats have captured my heart, and they have a special perch in the hat room.  Have you ever experienced a hat crush?

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.

The fabulous Shelley of The Forest City Fashionista HERE from London, Ontario, recently flew into Denver for a visit.  As I’ve mentioned before on Style Crone, blogger meetups are the most wonderful part of blogging. Friendships with like-minded people are life enhancing and immensely fun.

On the first day of Shelley’s visit we met up with Daniel in Confluence Park HERE for a photo shoot.  Isn’t that what style bloggers do? When bloggers get together, a riot of spontaneous fun and creativity ensues!

The weather was perfect and the park provided numerous posing possibilities. Here we are, checking out the scene from a slanted concrete wall. Exploring the park with Daniel as our director/photographer made for an adventurous and hilarious afternoon.

Shelly’s gorgeous thrifted jumpsuit was accessorized by thrifted yellow earrings and Fly London shoes. Her signature style shines through beautifully in this photo.

My vintage tunic handmade in Afghanistan was accompanied by my estate sale green turban, rhinestone jewelry and black heels on black background.

Shelley adjusts to the Rocky Mountain altitude by taking a short break with posing perfection on Bemar Venet’s steel sculpture 222.5 Arc X 5.  

Every surface in the park was open for experimentation. This is the first time on Style Crone that I have attempted to climb a brick wall.

Photos By Daniel

We ended the shoot with the colorful and flexible art installation The Red Forest  by Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos HERE with an uneven brick wall in the background.

The photo shoot with Daniel was only the beginning of Shelley’s visit.  She had many admirers as we cut a wide swath through Denver.  Her edgy hair cut and her love of animals endeared her to many.  We took in the Shock Wave exhibit HERE at the Denver Art Museum, a Kinky Friedman HERE concert at the Oriental Theatre, a wild afternoon at Buffalo Exchange, thrift shopping, the Horseshoe Flea Market HERE, the River North area of Denver with its amazing street art, visiting with Diana (former Style Crone photographer), and an afternoon at Red Rocks Amphitheatre HERE and in the small mountain town of Evergreen.

Thanks for the visit Shelley!  Blogger meetups are the very best!

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.

Two weeks ago I accompanied Mr. J to Toronto.  He was presenting at a conference on aging, and I went along to enjoy his keynote address and to visit a city that I hadn’t experienced before. I also had the pleasure of meeting up with two incredible bloggers that are not only gorgeous and stylish, but fun, creative, bright, witty, warm and interesting.  I had met Shelley of Forest City Fashionista HERE several times in the past, but it was my first time meeting the stunning Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo HERE. Gathering with like-minded people is the best part of blogging, and the Toronto adventure was no exception. Check out Shelley’s beautifully written post about our meetup HERE.

This post will unfold with photos, as the visual speaks a thousand words. However, I also want to tell the story of the ensemble in the photo above. The day after our memorable blogger meet up, a beautifully wrapped gift was waiting for me at our hotel. With great excitement I opened the mysterious package and was greeted with the above multicolored tunic by Italian designer Massimo and a leopard print hat.  It was from Suzanne, and the dress fit me perfectly. The ability to nail someone’s size after the first meeting is a special skill and talent.  Thank you so much Suzanne! Rush right over to her vintage site Vintage by Suzanne on Etsy HERE for an incredible collection of delights from eras past.

We met at the Distillery Historic District HERE and of course we discovered The Saucy Milliner HERE, a hat shop featured on my post of last week. Shelley chose our site of meeting, but was unaware that a hat shop was included in the wide variety of boutiques within the district. Some things are just meant to be!

We chose the Fluevog store in the Distillery District as our meeting place. The store is an art gallery for footwear and the displays are always colorful and bold.

As soon as we walked into the hat shop, Shelley and Suzanne were trying on hats. This pink and black top hat adorned with a black silk flower was an immediate favorite! The staff appreciated our love for millinery and added to the fun.

Suzanne in a leopard print chapeau was a sight to behold. It paired perfectly with her vintage maxi dress and long denim jacket.

We discovered a collection of artist studios in one of the Distillery buildings. Lilith’s Garden HERE easily held our attention, with its large selection of handmade clothing and accessories.

We eagerly walked into the SOMA Chocolate Shop HERE, where Shelley enjoyed a shot of Maya drinking chocolate, which perfectly accessorized her silver neckpiece and the bracelet that she discovered at Lilith’s Garden. After visiting a few more boutiques, our glorious day of blogger adventure came to an end.

The next day Mr. J and I spent a day in Toronto HERE, walking Queen Street West HERE and taking in the feel of the fourth largest city in North America.  The skyline was breathtaking, the population was vibrantly diverse and we found the people to be warm and friendly.  I would go back in a heartbeat, as there was so much more to do and see. This Canadian city felt like an oasis in the midst of turbulent times.

It was recommended that we check out the colorful historic Kensington Market HERE, and we were not disappointed.

With a message like this in front of a consignment shop, how could I not walk in the door?

Mr J’s conference was a huge success and we both had an extraordinary time. And now until the next time!

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.

“Black straw widow pillbox with veil and large pink flower”….Karyn Gingras

I was in Toronto for the past five days and returned home last night.  During my visit I found four fabulous milliners/millinery salons/shops/workrooms.  I was very impressed by the talent and skill of the milliners that I discovered and am featuring them on May’s Hat Attack.

The millinery world is filled with wonderful, bright and fascinating people.  I consider them all international artists and treasures.  Toronto’s milliners are no exception.  I was welcomed with open arms and magic was in the air.  I was captivated by their exquisite work, unique and diverse style and individual self-expression, manifested in their magnificent creations.  I would love to describe my experiences of entering the spaces of the four featured milliners, but I would rather share their own words.

I am featuring the milliners in the order in which they were discovered.  Karyn of Lilliput Hats and Kelly of The Saucy Milliner were traveling, but I was warmly received by their knowledgeable assistants.  Thank you all from the bottom of my Style Crone heart.

As I was walking from Lilliput Hats to David Dunkley Millinery, I had the thought, like a bolt of lightning from the universe, that I see myself as a “Hat Journalist.”  Every city that I visit, I search for milliners and hat makers, and view their world as though they are art galleries. The first person that I told of my new revelation was David Dunkley. He suggested that I create a hashtag, #hatjournalist.  What a brilliant idea!

Karyn Gingras of Lilliput Hats  HERE

For over 20 years, Karyn Gingras has been creating exquisite, hand-blocked hats for discerning women and tastemakers. As the driving force behind Lilliput Hats, an atelier and boutique in Toronto, Karyn’s talent and tenacity have made her Canada’s most popular milliner.

Using time-honoured techniques and the finest materials, Karyn, and her skilled team of associates, fashion a varied line of exquisite, handmade hats, as well as custom-designed creations for weddings, holidays, fashion events, television commercials and films.

Lilliput Hats are collected and coveted by stylish women everywhere including Rachel McAdams, Celine Dion, Whoopi Goldberg, Sandra Oh and the former Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson.

Inspired by the classic, surrealist style of Elsa Schiaparelli, Karyn’s hats are modern, playful and functional.

Now recognized as an expert in her field, Karyn’s path to millinery was actually a happy accident.

When she went to sign up for a night school tap dancing class, the program was full. However, the millinery course had lots of space.

Karyn has still never learned to tap dance. But she recently took up the accordion….From the Lilliput Hats website.

“The fascinator above was created from vintage silk veiling with individual feathers attached to it.  The feather flower is handmade and the centre has Swarovski crystals and two crystal butterflies.  This fascinator is from my first couture show and is incredibly important to me.  The feathers have a wonderful bounce to them (on the veil) when you walk”……David Dunkley

David Dunkley of David Dunkley Fine Millinery HERE

A master in his own right, David has studied with the former royal milliner to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. In keeping with this royal millinery lineage, Dunkley’s creations have been sported by members of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s royal entourage and presented to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla).

David, an international award-winning milliner, is elevating headwear to new artistic heights through his commitment to traditional millinery techniques and with his flair for distinctive design. His bespoke millinery studio, is a sanctum of style where you receive unparalleled personal attention.

Whether daring or demure, each of David’s hats is handcrafted, using time-honoured techniques of blocking, forming and embellishment. David’s inimitable vision offers patrons a new take on classic styles in every design, from breathtaking bridal millinery to Ascot-worthy creations…….From the David Dunkley Millinery website.

“The hat above was blocked using pinok pos layered with crosshatch sinamay.  The bias was hand sewn with a fine sinamay.  The base that the hat sits on was also blocked and sewn from scratch.  The feathers are a combination of Lady Amhearst and Ringneck pheasant, which have been curled and sewn on, using traditional techniques”….Kelly Dunlap

Kelly Dunlap of The Saucy Milliner  HERE

As far back as I can remember I have always worn and loved hats. That love began when I was very young, playing dress-up in my Grandpa Dunlap’s old jackets and dusty, well worn fedoras – usually whilst adventuring deep in the wilds of the spare room’s closet, hoping for a glimpse of Mr. Tumnus. Later, as a teen, I was thrilled to add a fedora, in the style of my hero, Indiana Jones, to my ever-growing collection. This hat in particular came in handy for my 7 year adventure in Europe and England where both myself and my passion for hats matured. My love for hats and my collection of vintage pieces flourished during my time spent living in such a hat-embracing culture.

But those early adventures only lead me to my true calling, the art of millinery.

Some years ago, I began the lifelong journey of becoming an accomplished milliner. Having trained under several master milliners, both in North America and the UK, I now take great pleasure in creating iconic, well-crafted pieces for lovers of fine quality hats. What’s more, I use my passion for classic films, found treasures and vintage curios to give each of my creations a one-of-a-kind twist.

Which brings us to the name. As a young girl in Leitches Creek, Nova Scotia, my curious nature and vivid imagination would get me into plenty of trouble around my Grandfather’s general store. When he’d find me, inevitably wearing one of his hats, he’d always ask, “Are you being a saucy pup, now?” Indeed I was. And even now, these notions of whimsy, adventure and romance inspire every piece I create. Which is why I’m known as The Saucy Milliner……From The Saucy Milliner Website.

“The spiral black velvet hat was created as a tribute to Madame Paulette, and resembles a hat she created in 1949.  It was part of a mini collection that was featured at East Village Hats in New York City.  It is made from black velvet and trimmed with grosgrain ribbon”…..Tierre Taylor

Tierre Taylor of Tierre Taylor Hats HERE  Photo by Alan Smith

Tierre Taylor is a graduate of the Millinery Arts Program at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada and later studied privately with renowned milliner Anya Caliendo. Known for her workmanship and use of high quality fabrics and materials, Tierre describes her work as serving those who relish luxury and elegance.

She produced collections for clients on the west coast for five years under her first label Tierre Joline, while regularly contributing to fashion magazine pages and creating works for local theatre companies.

Returning to Toronto in 2014, Tierre Taylor creates one-of-a-kind hats, fascinators and hand-stitched couture millinery pieces for daywear, evening wear, weddings and other special occasions.

In February 2015, she was approached by Humans of New York (HONY) photographer, Brandon Stanton at Penn Station, while wearing one of her hats. The exposure has allowed her to pursue her love of millinery full-time and with zeal and passion to create more.

Known for her modern, elegant style, Tierre’s work offers a flare for poise, sophistication and confidence. “Each person is a unique and special individual. Helping people express that individuality is a joy for me. I am so grateful to all those who love wearing my hats!”…..From the Tierre Taylor website.

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.

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