Hat Attack #70 – Jasmin Zorlu Millinery

May's Hat Attack is this amazing black and white headpiece by Jasmin Zorlu,  I have admired Jasmin's sculptural work for years.  Last summer when I traveled to Santa Fe, I contacted Jasmin, as I had learned that she had moved there on Instagram.  Upon meeting her, I discovered that she was as captivating as her work. The Volendam Mask Hat is made with pleated crinoline (horsehair) over lace. Hand draped and hand stitched, it is Inspired by traditional Dutch Volendam headwear worn by women. I am thrilled to show her work, which is complex and intricate.  I am awed by her
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The Anniversary

Sometimes the anniversary of Nelson's death sneaks up on me. It will be eight years on Saturday, April 20th, which is two days from the date of this post.  Without thinking about the anniversary, several weeks ago I made arrangements to spend this coming weekend in Boulder, which is a city less than an hour away from my home in Denver. As I've mentioned before on Style Crone, I'm developing a workshop for widows on "Loss and Reinvention."  I've been unable to focus on moving forward on the workshop, completing only about a quarter of my presentation.  I've been so
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Cherry Creek Lifestyle Magazine

It was thrilling to be featured in the March issue of Cherry Creek Lifestyle Magazine.  And it was very exciting for me to find Style Crone on the cover, as represented in the photo above.  To add to my surprise, the article was composed of a six page spread.  The following images were published in the magazine and were taken by Danielle Webster, also known as Electric Lady Shoots.  Electric is the accurate adjective to describe Danielle! The photos were shot in The Source Hotel, and the two above images were taken in the pristine floral and gift shop Beet and
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Hat Attack #69 – Heather Stoten Millinery

April's Hat Attack features the silk turban by Heather Stoten Millinery.  I met Heather during the time that she lived in Boulder, Colorado, which is a short drive from Denver. She made the turban specifically to pair with this vintage red silk chiffon gown embellished with patterned sequins. Heather is very talented and skilled, but unfortunately for me, she moved back to London several years ago.  I still miss her, as Daniel and I would travel to her studio for an afternoon and play with her millinery couture. I've blogged about Heather in the past, and follow her on Instagram.
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The Giveaway: With Balefire Goods and Acanthus Jewelry

I have never hosted a giveaway in my blogging and instagramming  career, which began in July of 2010.  However, I was recently presented with the opportunity to partner with Balefire Goods, an artisan jewelry gallery that brings together some of the best in contemporary, handmade jewelry from artists, metalsmiths, and jewelers from around the globe in addition to creating custom work in-house and showcasing local art. The second participating partner, Acanthus Jewelry, is carried at Balefire Goods,.  Acanthus  jewelry  is  handmade  with  materials  such  as  sterling  silver, high karat  gold,  diamonds  and  semi-precious  gemstones.  A  self-taught  metalsmith,  the artist Nichole  uses  traditional
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ALEMBIKA – The Beautiful Brand Distributed by Roni Rabl

The hive look: tunic, pants and cardigan - here Last September during New York Fashion Week I met Yael Edelist  and Alin Wagner-Lahmy of Roni Rabl.  I visited their trade show, Studio Atelier NYC, which is a gathering of over 50 well-established brands from the fashion retail world. I discovered a community of designers and buyers who work together in an intimate space filled with an abundance of artful, unique clothing and accessories. During my most recent trip to NYC I reconnected before my travels, and visited them in their studio.  I was welcomed with open arms by Yael and Alin, and I participated
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The Dior Exhibit – From Paris to the World

I recently attended the Dior Exhibition which has been showing at the Denver Art Museum since November, 2018.  In typical Style Crone mode, I waited until the last minute to attend the exhibit.  It is now coming to an end, and I took advantage of its splendor twice in one week.  I'm wearing my gifted vintage Dior hat for the occasion! I can't put into words how breathtaking the exhibit was.  I could have stayed for hours, but since that wasn't possible, photos will have to suffice.   I would have a description for every photo if I were a
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Hat Attack #68 – Artist Mieko Mintz

Today's March Hat Attack is a black wool fabric hat with architectural features that I purchased at Mieko Mintz in NYC years ago, during the time that Mieko had a storefront in SoHo.  It is the piece of headwear that I appreciate during the coldest days of winter in Denver. This past February has been bitter cold, and my Mieko Mintz headwear has kept me warm.  Along with my first puffer jacket, that I discovered recently in NYC when strolling through the garment district.  It was deeply discounted and it has become my latest love, keeping me warm and toasty during
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Walking For Designer C.R. Lee at New York Fashion Week

Last week I had the honor, privilege, and pleasure to walk the runway for the extraordinary Denver designer C. R. Lee at the Prince George Ballroom in NYC during New York Fashion Week.  It was a transcendent experience to work with such an incredible creator and her talented and innovative team.  Everyone that was involved with this dream-team was kind, accomplished, creative, and supportive.  I am continuing to integrate this experience and I have many exquisite memories.   Instaram links to: Clothing by designer @c.r.leee, Earrings by @shamioshum, Hair by @edgillespieg3, Makeup by @kbaker, Nails by @mainstream_nails, Photo by @kevinmockphoto. SOPHISTAPUNK
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The ATWORK PROJECT

Recently I was contacted by Brian Doben, an accomplished photographer who has an ongoing personal photo series called ATWORK PROJECT.  This project is a series of portraits capturing people who are doing what they love and bringing their passion to their work. Last week Brian visited my home, which is my place of work.  It's where I launched Style Crone, where I blog and compose ensembles, and where my passion continues to thrive. Brian Doben’s ongoing “At Work” series documents everyone from tattoo artists and sumo wrestlers to Chemists and prosthetic Limb designers wherever they are. His process has brought him all
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Hat Attack #67: Milli Star

February's Hat Attack is this alluring veiled headpiece by Milli Star , a hat brand created by milliner Laura Del  Villaggio, which is located in Austin, Texas.  I have an affinity for veils, and I love how this piece creates instant glamour, and can be paired with so many pieces from my collection that allow its mystery to be enhanced. This ostrich feather vest, which was discovered at an estate sale, had been waiting for an outing.  The veiled headpiece was up to the challenge, and along with the estate sale rhinestone adorned long black gloves and vintage rhinestone jewelry, this
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Do You Have Online Haters?

I have been conflicted as to whether or not to post about the topic of "online haters."  I hesitate to give energy to negativity.  I came to the decision that I wanted to write about this topic because it has been a measure of growth for me to observe my reaction to this form of disparagement. I have seldom experienced unwelcome comments, but after my post on Beauty Underground Magazine, I received two emails which used derogatory terms in response to my photos and self-expression.  It surprised me, but it didn't get below the surface of my self-worth. It's difficult
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The 5280 Magazine Feature

The Style Crone has been featured in the January issue of Denver's 5280 Magazine. The online version of the piece HERE is available for all to read. The print version is available in newsstands across Colorado.  It's a full-page spread, and I'm very excited to be honored in such an impressive publication. Fashion Editor Georgia Alexia Benjou interviewed me several months ago.  She created instant rapport and trust, and made our time together relaxed and fun.  I was very happy with the article, and feel that she captured our conversation beautifully.  She included information about the widows' project that I'm in
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Beauty Underground Magazine

Several years ago, just as my hair had almost grow out from the color red to my natural white, my hair stylist retired. This event sent me in search of a new person to understand my hair, my need to have it fit for hats, and for a new beginning. I had no idea what was in store. What occurred was life changing.  I compiled a list of hair stylists with the help of a friend who knew the industry in Denver.  I was planning to interview five people who had been recommended as possibilities.  The first artist on the list
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Hat Attack #66 – East Village Hats NYC

Welcome to the Hat Attack dedicated to January, 2019.  Happy New Year beautiful followers.  I wish you the very best in the New Year, including health, happiness, and abundance in all forms.  I embrace 2019 with high hopes and anticipation, along with a year filled with magnificent headwear in all of its diversity and beauty. The featured milliner for January is Julia Emily Knox of East Village Hats NYC. "Julia is an English Milliner, trained in New York, who heads up a small team of milliners at East Village Hats, where they hand craft the hats on the premises, using
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Happy Holidays In Tulle By IGOR

Happy Holidays to my beautiful followers. However you celebrate or don't, I send warm wishes for all the best that life has to offer. During this difficult time in many places across the planet, my heartfelt hope is that there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. The tulle dress that I'm wearing in this post was discovered in September when I had the pleasure of attending the show Curate International Collection, which showcases curated designers from across the world.  "Curate is a group of like-minded designers and representatives that have joined forces to offer a creative
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The Hat And Statement Necklace By Carol Markel

I am a collector of the art by my friend Carol Markel, who is an artist, milliner, and creator of the blog Femme et Fleur. 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 fullest. Carol is also a cherished friend, and I always visit her and her artist husband Richard whenever I travel to NYC. Not only is she talented, but she is kind, clever, and generous. My sanctuary in enriched by Carol's headwear, manikin heads, and statement beads.  Who knows what
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River North Denver And The Vintage Cheetah Print Hat

The most exciting photo backgrounds in Denver can be found in the River North Art District. Located just north of downtown Denver, RiNo includes a remarkable concentration of creative businesses, including architects, art galleries, designers, furniture makers, illustrators, painters, media artists, photographers, sculptors and an array of studio spaces. RiNo is "Where Art Is Made" in Denver and you can always find something new and exciting to check out around the neighborhood. The holidays are approaching with breakneck speed, as I find myself involved with a flurry of parties, events, and gatherings of dear friends.  I'm also working diligently on my
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Hat Attack #65 – Lilia Fisher Millinery

December's Hat Attack is this vibrant red feather headpiece by Lilia Fisher Millinery. Lilia Fisher is an exclusive Russian millinery and accessories brand, which was founded in November, 2012. Every season Lilia Fisher creates two lines: the Haute-Couture collection presented at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia and Ready-to-Wear hats with eye-catching details. I met the gorgeous Lilia Fisher on Instagram HERE I was fascinated by her creative designs and her wide range of styles.  She has both casual and extravagant covered and there's something available for every occasion!  I already have plans to wear this feather confection to a Winter Solstice Party.  My
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Yoga And The Collaboration Between Ari Seth Cohen And Fanny Karst

Newsflash!  Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style and designer Fanny Karst have released another iconic collaboration.  Their statement tee reads "Not Dead YetI"  In celebration of this inspirational message, I took to the yoga studio to express my appreciation. My yoga posts always include a bit of whimsy. Why not wear the newly created graphic tee with tulle, a pink head wrap, pink skinny jeans, pink vintage hoops, and black flats embellished with rhinestones. I'm adding and subtracting adornments pose by pose. A believer in accessories, hat boxes were made for more than protecting headwear.  They can be used as
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