What a month! Have been crazy busy preparing for the Belfast Fashion Week and Hatwalk Derry/Londonderry shows introducing 12 brand new co-ordinating hat and silk scarf looks.
On the hat front, there are a few new shapes to be seen. I think my fav has to be the asymmetric style that I've shown here in both vibrant pink and jade green straw. It's a tricky style to make but definitely worth the effort! I was also showing off one of my new extra wide brim hats in a gorgeous red straw for summer. I combined the wide brim with a small close-fitting crown for a sleek, modern look.
Another style I was debuting here was the hairband hat, not quite a hat, but a lot more than just a hairband. The pink feather style sits comfortably just on the forehead to the side, while the iridescent turquoise peacock version perches on the top of the head. They are both accented by a sweep of ostrich arrow feathers for a sense of movement. Another version is covered with printed silk with big printed chiffon flowers to the side for a softer, feminine look. These are great if you're not used to wearing a hat, they're easy to put on and lightweight, and are quite understated if you're feeling a bit self-conscious about donning a hat.
One of the most popular styles was the little "kiss curl" shaped black satin hat with an oversized red pompom feather flower. I loved creating this shape, the inspiration was from a 1920s hat with one little curl shape at the side based on the popular hairstyle, which I've adapted into a more elaborate outline. It's trimmed with hundreds of tiny Swarovski crystals to highlight the shape.
I was SO EXCITED about showing my new digital print silk scarves!! Although it's always nerve-wracking showing off a new product range, thankfully I got some great feedback. Each design was lovingly (if painstakingly) created using my photographs and a little illustration work, before being digitally printed onto silk and the edges hand rolled and stitched. Now I know why an Hermes scarf costs what it does, the finishing alone is an artform!
I named the collection "Luna", for a number of reasons; some of the images I used as a starting point were of Luna Park, the old funfair in Melbourne's Saint Kilda. I went there on a hot dark evening, and was really inspired by the atmosphere of the place, the dazzling multi-coloured lights and the slightly dazed feeling of walking around it, past warped mirrors and spooky decorations. I combined this imagery with moths and butterflies I had photographed among lots of other sources for you to unravel.
I wanted to create a versatile collection with glowing colours that could co-ordinate with the new season's brights and also be worn with neutrals as a vibrant highlight. The gorgeous silk is luxurious and glam with occasion and work wear, and these are also a great way to accessorize your casual clothing. I'll keep you updated on where to buy and will have some styles available to purchase online very soon!
Thanks to all involved in Belfast Fashion Week and Hatwalk, I was so delighted to show my collection at these fabulous events! And thanks to Norm Keilty for my video above, the photographers who've taken some amazing shots of my work, and the publications and blogs who have given me some great coverage over the past few weeks.
Welcome to my new site, it's a long time coming but should be fully functional soon.
I'm very excited about the new collection I've designed for spring/summer 2013, including digitally printed items for the first time. I've drawn inspiration for the prints from my travels and combined elements including the extreme landscapes of New Zealand to parties on the beach to some very friendly butterflies. The millinery collection ties in with this imagery and you'll also see some digital print slipping into the hat designs.
It was really nice to design the prints and hats alongside each other, exploring how the shapes work in 2d and 3d and interpreting details from one to the other.
I'm very much looking forward to the cinematic release of The Great Gatsby later this year, and it's come along at the perfect time since I've been researching a lot into 1920s millinery over the past year. Really, they were so futuristic in their aesthetic, a lot of what I've seen still looks fresh today. You'll see a few 1920s details slipping into my millinery this season, watch this space.