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Kentucky Derby Milliners from LA to NYC

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on April 1, 2018

in EVENT,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,HAIR & HAT

A round up of our favorite Kentucky Derby Milliners from LA to NYC and beyond ; here to help you get inspired for the 2018 Kentucky Derby festivities! There’s only 1 month left… so get your Feathered Derby Hats and Fascinators orders in ASAP. Click through on the image for milliner websites and info!

“Part Southern tradition, part spectacle, the Kentucky Derby hat parade is much of what makes “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” one of the greatest people-watching events in the world!”

LOS ANGELES, CA Arturo Rios

Arturo Rios is a new generation of talented Fashion Hat Designers from Los Angeles, California; learned his exceptional skills and techniques from legendary Italian hat designer, Karen Indreland. Since 2005, Arturo has been designing fabulous couture headwear worn by famous personalities and clients around the world. Arturo was recently featured in an episode of PBS’s webseries ARTICULATE with Jim Cotter. Watch it here! 

NEW YORK, NY Christine Moore

In 1990 she moved to NYC to assist milliner Rodney Gordon. Under Rodney’s great supervision, Christine created hats for many Opera, Ballet and Broadway productions including The Phantom of the Opera, Will Roger’s Follies, Crazy for You, and many more. In 1994 she established Christine A. Moore Millinery in NYC on 34th Street between the fashion and accessories districts.  Although Christine designs a wide range of hats, she is best known for her explosive racing styles for the Kentucky Derby, two of which are in the Kentucky Derby Museum from when she was named the 2009 “Official Milliner” of the Kentucky Derby Museum. In March of 2018 she was named “Featured Milliner of Kentucky Derby 144”

LOUISVILLE, KY Britni Lynn Knable

Britni’s love of fashion began as a child and continues today. She studied at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago where she landed a coveted position with Chicago milliner, Linda Campisano. There she quickly discovered that hats and bridal wear were her true passion. After college she headed to New York City, where she studied under world renowned milliner, Tracy Watts. With strong local roots, Britni returned to Louisville to design race day and wedding headwear.

NEW YORK, NY Leah Chalfen

After receiving her bachelor of arts in foreign languages from Temple University, she studied millinery at New York City’s famed Fashion Institute of Technology, completed her graduate study under master milliner Patricia Underwood and trained with the head milliner of the Metropolitan Opera’s costume department.  She was also asked by Tim Gunn of Project Runway, to teach millinery at the famed Parson’s School of Design in New York City where she did so for several years.  

LOUISVILLE, KY Jenny Pfanenstiel

Jenny Pfanenstiel, Master Milliner and owner of Formé Millinery, is internationally recognized for her award winning craft of hand creating and sculpting hats using the highest quality and rare materials found all over the world. Since moving to Louisville, she has had the honor of being named the 2018 “Official Milliner” of the Kentucky Derby Museum.  You can find her permanent hat display at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.

AUSTRALIA Cynthia Jones-Bryson March 2017 – Best Millinery at Kentucky Derby, USA

Cynthia Jones-Bryson is an award-winning Australian milliner. She has been designing and making award-winning millinery for the last 16 years. Cynthia studied Fashion Design at Canberra Institute of Technology, with Millinery being one of her chosen subjects. She went on to live in London for several years where she undertook a number of theatrical millinery courses culminating in a love for all things headwear.

The Valentino feather millinery designed by Philip Treacy are to die for! Of course we are obsessed with anything feathers, but these Ostrich Feathered showstoppers stole our hearts! We want one of each please! Equally beautiful are the Shocking Pink and Peacock Blue “Stripped & Parried” feathered headwear! Scroll down to see all of our favorites including Kaia Gerber who’s pretty in pink.

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“The show opened with a floor-sweeping saffron evening coat and a truly spellbinding headpiece made of turquoise feathers, one of several Philip Treacy–designed headpieces in the show. Some were feathered, while others mimicked leaves and flowers blooming around the models’ heads, and all of them came in a vibrant jewel tone to complement the richly colored clothes: mint with aquamarine; deep red with lime; neon pink with blush. – Vogue

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When thinking about the hats for the collection, I envisioned this ethereal yet very powerful woman,” Treacy explained in the show notes. “She is almost like a celestial image, and the feathers are thought out to give a weightless effect that follows behind her and underlines the dichotomy between concealing and revealing.” – Vogue

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Hat's off to Hedda Hopper | The REAL Hedda Hopper

Hat’s off to Hedda Hopper !  Having recently watched FX Networks FEUD where scene after scene, Judy Davis’s character dons the most beauty feather hat, I was inspired to know more about the real Hedda Hopper and all of her hats!Hat's off to Hedda Hopper | Judy Davis as Hedda Hopper

“Judy Davis’ Hedda Hopper wears a succession of fantastic hats in “Feud,” which make for the most notable TV chapeaus of the year…

“Jack McConnell was a major milliner [of the era,] so we used a lot of his hats,” Eyrich says. “A bunch of our hats we got from a store here in Los Angeles called The Way We Wore. They have an amazing hat room that I had so much fun digging through.”

Murphy wanted hats with movement, so Eyrich added long, iridescent black feathers to one cap-like white hat. Another hat looks like an alien ship had landed on the wearer’s head.”Variety 

Hat's off to Hedda Hopper | Judy Davis as Hedda Hopper

Mesmerized by the plethora of feather hats Davis wore, we found these amazing images of the original gossip girl and Hollywood royalty ! Boy did she love to wear off the top feather hats! Ostrich Feather, Rooster Feather, She wore it and said it all!  Here are a few of our favorites! We hope you find some inspiration, especially with the Kentucky Derby around the corner!

Hat's off to Hedda Hopper

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Talk Derby to me with Headcandi Hats and Fascinators … our newest favorite Kentucky Derby Milliner! Using only fine quality materials and feather styles like Dyed and Natural Lady Amherst Pheasant, Ostrich Plumes, Rooster, Peacock Tails and Swords… There were so many Hats and Fascinators we loved and had to share them with you all! What we love the most about her designs is how she color coordinates her fabrics and feathers, always adding a pop of color!

Founded in 2003 by designer Britni Lynn Knable, hEADcANDi specializes in handcrafted fashion forward hats, fascinators, and accessories for Race Day and Wedding events…Building on inspiration from both classic vintage styles and current fashions, hEADcANDi is able to design pieces that have set us apart as the leading Milliner in the South!

ABOUT BRITNI
Britni’s love of fashion began as a child and continues today. She studied at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago where she landed a coveted position with Chicago milliner, Linda Campisano. There she quickly discovered that hats and bridal wear were her true passion. After college she headed to New York City, where she studied under world renowned milliner, Tracy Watts. With strong local roots, Britni returned to Louisville to design race day and wedding headwear. – www.etsy.com/shop/headcandi

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Spellbinding Feather Topped Hats

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on October 14, 2016

in COSTUME,FEATHER TRENDS,HAIR & HAT,HOLIDAY

These spellbinding feather topped hats from The Blonde Swan are the perfect accessory for that out of the ordinary event or high-end fantasy costume.

Topped off with a color coordinated rooster, ostrich and peacock feather hat pin, these hats are handmade using rich suede & leather and are available in a variety of styles for both men and women.

 

In just these simple steps, you’ll have your Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery Inspired Costume ready for this year’s Halloween party season.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume

Recreate detective Phryne Fisher sassy 1920 style by pairing a knee length drop waist beaded dress with a Marabou Feather Shrug or Shawl! You can also DIY a long flowing Ostrich Boa Stole or Silk Scarf trimmed in Ostrich Fringe. Add glittering details with sparkling vintage brooches, dangling necklaces and a pair of T-Strap kitten heels or oxfords. Make sure to pin your hair or wear a short bob wig topping off the look with a feather beaded headband or cloche hat.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume

Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume

Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume       DIY a long flowing Ostrich Boa Stole or Silk Scarf trimmed in Ostrich Fringe. Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume Recreate detective Phryne Fisher sassy 1920 style with a Marabou Feather Shrug or Shawl!

 

Discover what it takes to design and costume on the actual TV hit series below and preview the new Miss Fisher Collection – by Marion Boyce!

Christine A. Moore Millinery

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on April 30, 2016

in FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,HAIR & HAT

Christine A. Moore Millinery

Designer Christine A. Moore Millinery is best known for her for the Kentucky Derby racing hat styles , two of which are on display at the Kentucky Derby Museum. With over 20 years experience, Moore is the go to milliner for the Breeders’ Cup, Florida Derby and was most recently named the official milliner for the 75th Anniversary of the Iroquois Steeplechase.

Christine A. Moore Millinery

What we love most are the bold and beautiful silk bows and florets with touches of feathers used throughout her Spring 2016 Collection. Here are a few of our favorites; sure to be a hits at the Kentucky Derby this coming weekend! The Derby is on May 6th and 7th . If you can’t go to the races in person, we encourage you to throw a derby party and watch the race live on NBC.

Christine A. Moore MillineryHere’s a little awesome tid bit about Christine . Not only has she worked with the esteemed NYC milliner Rodney Gorden, In 2009 she also partnered with Churchill Downs and Mattel to design the official Barbie derby hat.

Don’t you love it!

Christine A. Moore Millinery Collage

 

New York based jewelry company Deepa Gurnani has just rolled out their new Spring/Summer jewelry collection, and it should be obvious why we here at The Feather Place are in love! Don’t know?…one word: Feathers!

Deepa Gurnani | Feather Jewelry and Accessories

The husband and wife partnership of the two principal designers, Deepa and Jay Lakhani, has blossomed into a fully-realized jewelry company due to their fresh and elegant hand-embroidered designs. They’ve made such a statement recently, that they were one of five fashion designers who live outside of India invited to appear and participate in the Lakmè fashion show during Mumbai Fashion Week.

Deepa Gurnani Feather Jewelry and Accessories Collage

Celebrated for their carefully crafted, hand-embroidered accessories, Deepa Gurnani offers a line of unique and extraordinary pieces, each hand-beaded and stitched with the magnificent colors of India. Over 200 embroiderers and their families are able to sustain through this work.  The creativity and care that goes into making each and every piece is exceptional and unparalleled.

Deepa Gurnani | Feather Jewelry and Accessories

“We are honored to have been invited by Lakmé to participate in this esteemed event in Indian fashion,” said Jay Lakhani, co-founder of Deepa Gurnani.  “While our focus at Deepa Gurnani remains in accessories, we are thrilled to have the chance to design clothing that pairs with them. We are proud to have our work featured in such a prominent fashion show in our home country.”

Kentucky Derby Hats

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on April 8, 2016

in EVENT,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,HAIR & HAT

Kentucky Derby Hats | Arturo Rios Collage

“What sets the Kentucky Derby apart from other sports and entertainment events? It’s the hats!”

Of course It’s the Hats…Especially hats with Feathers !!!!  Year after year, hat designer Arturo Rios puts out the best fascinators and millinery styles available, and with the Derby just about a month away we wanted to share our favorite Couture Designer Hats by Arturo Rios. The Derby is on May 6th and 7th and if you can’t go to the races in person, we encourage you to throw a derby party and watch the race live on NBC.

Kentucky Derby Hats | Arturo Rios Collage

“The extravagant hats that have become associated with the Kentucky Derby did not really come around until the 1960s, when social fashion norms loosened up and the presence of television gave women a reason to stand out. The hats became larger, brighter, and more extravagant.

Hats at the Kentucky Derby have become even more popular after the royal wedding in 2011, an event that showcased many elaborate hats and fascinators.”

Kentucky Derby Hats | Arturo Rios Collage

The Look of Love | Ursula Andress in Casino Royale

We recently watched the film Casino Royale and couldn’t believe the amount of feathers that were used in the costume designs. From Natural White Coque Tails to luxurious Ostrich Floss and Boas; Ursula Andress as Vesper Lynd embodies the Look of Love in the ultimate spy spoof of all time; Casino Royale 1967 .

CasinoRoyaleCollageHere are some of our favorite movie stills featuring the stylish Vesper Lynd in her feathered best. We especially love the Ostrich Floss Feathered turban and Natural White Coque Tail Feather caplet she wears.

The Look of Love | Ursula Andress in Casino Royale

Watch the music video from the film below. “The Look of Love  was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song (1967).