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November 17, 2014

'Fur - An Issue of Life and Death' Exhibition Opens in Denmark


Fur. The mere mention of the word makes many cringe. In western urban culture, it's a contentious topic that divides us into two groups: those who deem fur fashion to be gratuitous and cruel, and fur consumers who don't care how their luxury items are procured, or just don't want to know. Now, the National Museum of Denmark puts the ethical debate on the agenda with its special exhibition, ‘Fur – An Issue of Life and Death’. For the first time, the Museum is displaying 60 of its 2,000 unique fur garments from the indigenous people of the Artic, alongside contemporary fur designs, drawing historical links from the garments of the past to those of the present, and addressing industrial fur farming and modern hunting in the Arctic. The historical use of fur is thus located in a contemporary context, where people still wear fur and when wearing fur is about much more than simply keeping warm. The exhibition runs until February 22nd, 2015.

In the program section ‘Voices in the Debate’, visitors meet around 50 supporters and opponents of fur farming and hunting. They are invited to try on real, fake and even ‘blood spattered’ furs. Together with designers, politicians, public figures, experts and people on the street, they are given the opportunity to present their opinions on fur farming, hunting and sustainability in both statements and videos, as well as through selfies and text messages, all of which are incorporated into the exhibition itself.

Fur as a Social Symbol

The historic fur garments were collected from around 1850 to 1950 in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Siberia and the Sami areas of Scandinavia. There was a time when fur was essential for survival. But fur also served functions beyond protecting against the cold. Fur garments signalled their owners’ gender and status in society, as well as identifying which ethnic group people belonged to.

In the exhibition, visitors to the museum can also experience around 30 modern creations made of fur, sealskin and artificial fur, which The National Museum has on loan from a range of designers including Bendikte Utzon and Nikoline Liv Andersen from Denmark, as well as Greenlandic designs like those by Nicki Isaksen, and the creations of international designers and fashion houses like Yves Saint Laurent, Sonia Rykiel, Oscar de la Renta, and Jean Paul Gaultier. The contemporary garments give visitors the opportunity to see the design of historical fur garments reflected in modern designs, forging links between the past and the present.

I'm very curious what the designers have to say in the 'Voices in the Debate' section, and whether their views are influenced by the culture they come from, and how they justify using fur as a textile, creating demand for furs through their collections. And I'm also very interested in the overall tone of the program and the content of the Museum's guides and printed materials, and ultimately, what comes of this ethical debate. I'm guessing that 'FUR - HARMLESS FUN FOR EVERYONE!' won't be the overriding message. 




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October 30, 2014

Fashion Films to Feature at Aesthetica Short Film Festival

ASFF_Handprint Mary Nighy courtesy of White Lodge and ASFFA still from Handprint, directed by Mary Nighy. Photo courtesy of White Lodge and ASFF

The BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) has teamed up with London College of Fashion to establish a new fashion film strand at this year’s event, showcasing inspirational collections, stories and behind-the-scenes glimpses of the creative process at designer stores.
For the first time at ASFF, visitors will be able to experience the glamour and style of fashion films produced by top names such as Vivienne Westwood, Swarovski and Louis Vuitton, starring figures from the fashion world including Lily Cole in Lorna Tucker’s Red Shoes, inspired by Westwood’s Climate Revolution. Sponsored by London College of Fashion, the new strand establishes a place for serious discussion about fashion film – its responsibility to society and impact upon visual culture – and also provides a rare chance to see sensational fashion content.

This year's ASFF features a masterclass with fashion filmmaker and curator Kathryn Ferguson. A member of the British Fashion Council Fashion Film panel, Ferguson has worked on productions for Selfridges, Chloe and Lady Gaga and will draw upon her extensive experience to dispense industry tips from the sector. Also joining ASFF this year, as part of its hosted networking sessions, is costume designer Wendy Benstead, who has worked extensively with Jessie J, Paloma Faith and Kimberley Wyatt as well on advertising campaigns for companies such as Baileys, Film 4 and MTV.

The fashion film programme is complemented by ASFF’s second new strand, which presents an international platform for the representation and exploration of advertising films. Films will be shown by leading agencies including Partizan, Solab and White Lodge and will be contextualised in an introduction to the inaugural screenings on Friday, 7 November by two filmmakers from Ridley Scott Associates and Sara Wilson, stylist & photography manager at Jigsaw.

This stylish collection of films reflects a continued interest of Aesthetica Magazine in recognising the creativity and innovation involved in the fashion and design industry. The publication has often highlighted important exhibitions such as Hello my name is Paul Smith, at the Design Museum, and The Future of Fashion is Now, at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. ASFF’s new fashion film line-up creates a timely focus on this genre as creators are playing with its identity and redefining its possibilities.

ASFF 2014 runs 6 - 9 November across the city of York, a gorgeous city well worth visiting. For more details and tickets visit the festival website

 Matin Lunaire Clement Oberto courtesy of Oversteps Production and ASFFFrom Matin Lunaire, directed by Clement Oberto. Photo courtesy of Oversteps Production and ASFF

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October 20, 2014

'Knitting for Juliet' Competition to Reward Emerging Knitwear Talent


Knitwear designers studying in Italy are invited to enter the Knitting for Juliet competition launched by Fashion Ground Academy of Italian Design in Verona, the city of love, and Romeo and Juliet. The competition will bring together emerging talents and established names in fashion to create a tribute to the Shakespearean heroine. Thirty winning designers will share scholarships totaling 80,000 Euros, making it the first prize of its kind dedicated to young creatives eager to make their mark in the world of high fashion knitting.

The competition also includes two sub-sections to its main event. Knit for Opera (in collaboration with the Arena di Verona) will reward the best clothes theme, and Dress Code (in collaboration with b!) acknowledges the best realisations of the connection between clothing and social media. 

In addition, the thirty winning masterpieces will be complemented by thirty unique pieces borrowed from the most prestigious fashion houses for a spectacular show around the theme of love. 

The competition is open to young people aged 17 to 26 years old who want to specialise in knitwear design and have moved to Italy to study. For more information on how to enter you can visit the Fashion Ground website

Kevin-kramp-portrait-7m-4425932_0x440Knitting for Juliet is supported by the world’s leading knitwear companies Stoll and Safil, as well as renowned knitwear designers, including pioneering creative, Kevin Kramp (pictured right), who has been named Chairman of the Evaluation Committee.  Kramp is one of the most important emerging men’s and women’s knitwear designers, recognized internationally for his sophisticated high-concept work, innovative exploration of shape, and beautiful use of colour, pattern, stitch technique, and luxury fiber. 

Back in 2010, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Kevin Kramp which turned out to be an in-depth and fascinating dialogue about knitwear. You can read the interview here.  Since then, he has relocated to Italy and works as a knitwear design consultant for several European luxury brands. Kramp has recently been featured in Vogue Italia’s 3rd Annual ‘New Talents’ September edition, awarded the Modateca Award at the tenth edition of International Talent Support (ITS) in Italy by legendary knitwear entrepreneur Ms. Deanna Ferretti, selected for Antwerp’s Mode Museum fashion knitwear exhibition ‘Unravel,’ featured as installation designer collection in Belgium’s high-concept fashion/art space ‘ra,’ and featured as special guest for ‘Six Talents For White’ at Milan’s internationally regarded fashion exhibition ‘White’ for September 2011 Milan Fashion Week, and White’s February 2012 debut at New York Fashion Week.

How's that for inspiring these young knitwear designers? 

Here's a look at some of Kevin Kramp's more recent work:






September 24, 2014

Carmen Dell'Orefice to open Digital Fashion Week Singapore 2014

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Carmen Dell’Orefice...if this is what being in your 80s looks like then I'm looking forward to it! The legendary model, who once declared to Vanity Fair, “If I die, it will be with my high heels on”, is set to walk at Digital Fashion Week Singapore 2014, where she will be modelling designs by local designer Max Tan. At 82 years old, this American grande dame of Italian and Hungarian descent has had an illustrious career that shows no signs of slowing down; she continues as the face of luxury watchmaker, Rolex, and walked at New York Fashion Week just last year. 

Dell’Orefice was discovered on her way to ballet class at 15 years old and her first job was shooting the cover for Vogue. Where does a young model go from there? Sitting for Salvador Dalí and posing for Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, and Norman Parkinson. In 1960, she was photographed by Melvin Sokolsky for Harper’s Bazaar. This iconic image, titled “Carmen Las Meninas”, has been collected internationally.

When asked about how she feels about opening for Digital Fashion Week Singapore 2014, Dell’Orefice said, “I'm thrilled to be a part of this exciting fashion event and collaborating with Singaporean designer Max Tan. In doing so, we have become ambassadors for our countries, cultures, and decades."

Digital Fashion Week Singapore will be held from 31st October to 3rd November in collaboration with the British Council and British High Commission. It is supported by DesignSingapore Council and will take place at National Design Centre. The full line up for Digital Fashion Week Singapore will be announced shortly. 

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Here are some favourites of Carmen from her earlier days (is it just me or do these young photos look like Glenne Headley and Sinead O'Connor had a baby?):





June 20, 2014

LC:M: Backstage at Matthew Miller with Toni & Guy

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Yes, this is a men's fashion post. And it feels right. This season's London Collections: Men was my first ever thanks to an invitation from long-term London Fashion Week sponsor Toni & Guy to go backstage with their session team to cover the looks. My aesthetic preferences in both fashion and home decor have been shifting from the slightly fussy to pared-down and minimalist (the design of the blog is going to be overhauled to reflect this and it can't happen too soon). More gender neutral. Sometimes you need a palate cleanser and men's fashion seems to be the melon sorbet. 

I was able to attend three shows with Toni & Guy, the first being Matthew Miller, a British designer known for his structured tailoring, performance fabrics and engineered digital prints. The mainly navy pinstriped collection was inspired by WWII demobilisation suits which had a look of being taped up, sometimes with printed messages, and up close I caught some frayed edges on the lapel of an all-navy blazer which took the structured tailoring into a more casual territory suited for guys of the models' ages. Flower garlands - like memorial wreaths? - worn around the neck and wrists gave the outfits colour and organic texture. And then there was the hair which finished the look. Some of the models were cropped super short and therefore needed no styling, while others got the full seriously slick military treatment from the Toni & Guy team - headed by Chie Sato - who used their own army of tools and products to create "40's/50's military young boy with a twist".  

Want to create the look? Here how's Toni & Guy did it, using their session kit which included the label.m Diffuser, label.m Pin Tail Comb and label.m Pro-Advanced Straighteners:

1.This look works best for straight hair. Use a mix of label.m Extra Strong Gel and label.m Gel and apply product on comb and move through hair from roots to end.

2.From either the left or right side take a section of hair from the corner of the head to create a side parting. 

3. On the opposite side, depending on hair density, take a horizontal section to create an undercut look. On both sides of head comb hair until completely slicked back and then start drying the sections with a diffuser (and if possible a setting net - you can see one being used below.)

4. When dry, move to top part either combing to the side or forward and dry with a diffuser (again using net if possible). To make hair nice and flat use straighteners from corner to end of the hair to create texture and so that ends are completely straight. To finish, use label.m Hold and Gloss and blast with cold air for maximum shine.

I love the options this technique gives to a style that is short underneath and long on top; you can slick the top down on the side or wear it longer in the front depending how you're feeling that day. 

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June 02, 2014

Last Call for Entries: Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Four_tellScreenshot from Four-Tell, a fashion film featuring Bella Freud and Caryn Franklin

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), one of the largest and most exciting short film festivals in the UK, makes its final call for submissions.

An established and dynamic player on the UK film festival circuit, ASFF is an annual celebration of short films from across the world. ASFF 2014 hosts a strand dedicated to fashion films, which recognises the artistic output from the industry. Fashion filmmakers are invited to submit works that showcase recent collections, engage with industry issues and experiment with different approaches to moving image-making.

Working with leading organisations in the fashion and film industries, including London College of Fashion, BAFTA, Film 4, Warp, Film London, Channel 4, Raindance and Sheffield Doc/Fest, last year they showcased a fashion film from acclaimed filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson and Selfridges. Fashion film Four-Tell (2013), represented inspirational female role models starring Zaha Hadid, Sharmadean Reid, Caryn Franklin and Bella Freud, and promoted Selfridges' new bespoke branch. Also part of last year's selection was Meghna Gupta's Unravel (2012), which introduces audiences to the life cycle of unwanted textile products.

Hazel_5Screenshot from Hazel, 2012. Directed by Tamer Ruggli (Tipi’mages Productions), Switzerland. Comedy Finalist in ASFF 2013.

ASFF 2014 will take place in 15 unique and iconic locations across the historic city of York, including medieval halls and boutique cinemas, during the weekend of 6 - 9 November 2014. Films selected for the festival qualify for cash prizes and awards nominations for Best of Fest, People's Choice and Category Awards; inclusion on a Top Picks online compilation; screenings at a number of other UK festivals; editorial in Aesthetica Magazine, and editorial on the Aesthetica and ASFF blogs. Visit for more information and to register your entry today. Entry is £15 and the deadline to submit your work is 2 June 2014.

Watch ASFF 2013's Official Trailer here 

April 16, 2014

Clothes Under the Hammer: Great Fashion for a Good Cause


If you're in the north east and fancy a night out of great fashion you can take home, come along to World Headquarters in Newcastle for Clothes Under the Hammer on May 7. A large collection of top quality men’s and women’s vintage clothing as well as wedding attire, coats and jackets and one off-items donated by independent boutiques will be up for auction to benefit the West End Refugee Service. (I happened to have donated a few pieces myself, including unworn - yes really! - pieces by Marc by Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang and Derek Lam. ) 

For a £3.00 donation you can gain access to these wonderful fashion finds and support asylum seekers and refugees living in Newcastle. Tickets are available online here

The event also includes a fashion show, street dance performance and a short film screening from the West End Refugee Service. 

It’ll be a fun night - the bar will be open! - so come on down and indulge your sartorial and charitable spirits. 


April 13, 2014

Me.By Me.: Celebrating Our Unique, Individual Style

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Last month I was treated to a preview of the new Me. By Me. campaign for TK Maxx in their Covent Garden store in London. It was a really colourful, upbeat party with smiling faces everywhere, the vibe reflecting the positive, sunny energy of the campaign. Have you seen the TV adverts? They feature real people, actual TK Maxx customers who are not professional models. An endearing self-consciousness is detectable and the message promoting unique personal style rings true. It's a refreshing concept as it's just so rare. Models act like models, they're never meant to come off as real people, and the campaign shows that some genuine character over the copycat, aspirational approach to selling fashion can be very motivating. Rather than seeing a model who has impossible legs, and impossible skin, and impossible hair and buying the clothes or bag she's wearing as a means of trying to get closer to that image, Me. By Me. gives us people of all ages whose personalities shine through the outfits and make us feel that we can look great as we are, that we've already got the whole package and hey, a few new bits will help us express ourselves and make us feel really good. 

This is the full advert for the TK Maxx Me. By Me. campaign: 

It holds your attention all the way through, doesn't it? I love it. 

So who are these real people? TK Maxx chose eight UK shoppers to help represent the brand and inspire others to celebrate the wonderful things that make them unique. They joined a diverse group of 12 TK Maxx real-life customers plucked from obscurity whilst browsing in stores spanning the UK, Ireland, Poland and Germany. They were taken on a trip of a lifetime to Cape Town, South Africa, where for 10 days they were encouraged to experiment with style and take part in a series of fun and experimental activities to help unlock their Me. By Me. mind-set. With no scripts or storyboards, the cast were given free rein to shape the direction of the campaign and experiment with a wide choice of clothing and accessories from stores to create their defining looks. 

Below are some of the TK Maxx customers from the advert, all from the UK. From top left is 82-year-old photographer Martin Gordon from London who doesn’t plan to ever retire; Pia Sarkar, a 25-year-old student and lover of 50s music and bright lipstick from Brixton; 62-year-old Olga spotted in London, who fabulously models TK Maxx’s swimwear; and Justina Bailey, a 28-year-old a graphic designer and self-confessed creative nerd with a quirky dress sense from London: 


In the spirit of uniqueness, some of the great food and drink we were treated to at the Me. By Me. party at the Covent Garden TK Maxx:


You might be wondering why I have such a rabid enthusiasm for the project. Yes, the advert is a joy to watch and puts a feeling of summer in my head. But I'm so excited about it all because it's not empty marketing smoke and mirrors; the concept of celebrating individual style follows through into real life in my own city of Newcastle. At the event for the opening of the campaign, we were given gift cards so we could pick out some clothes and put together outfits we like for ourselves. I had to run off for my train so I didn't have time to look through the Covent Garden store and would have to do my shopping locally when I got back. I'll be honest, I was a bit deflated not being able to do it in London, assuming that the selection at home would pale in comparison. Little did I know that the TK Maxx in Newcastle had moved amidst renovations to the mall where it was originally located, to a massive new space on Northumberland Street which now had a whole new look and a serious commitment to fashion. I found the new store and when I came off the escalator I noticed on my right a section marked 'Gold Label', and I was hoping this was what I thought it was. And yes, it was a high-end designer section and I couldn't believe what was there. I'm not going to name names because each store varies in what they receive - and therefore worth checking regularly - but I'm talking 'fashion week' brands. Big ones. You know them and you want them, and here were those otherwise unattainable items - at massive discounts!  The pile on my arm started to grow higher and higher, and then on my way to the fitting rooms I found a ton of really cool plaid flannels - I love how they were grouped together and required no rummaging - and I barely made it on in without my arms collapsing.

Most importantly, the shopping experience at TK Maxx is one that really does leave your choices up to you. As you walk into the store you may notice, or not, that there are no styled mannequins in the window or on the floor. No signage showing willowy young models in dreamy fashionland to unwittingly emulate. No dictating how you should look this season, no obvious trends packaged up to lead you into buy something that's not really you. The racks are quite electic yet cohesive as they are grouped by type of garment while representing a vast array of brands and - current - styles, and what stands out and comes into the fitting room with you will be something you already know you like. I looked through the racks for all the 'me' clothes and found tons. See - Me. By Me. It works!

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At the Me. By Me. launch we were treated to a chat with Carolyn Mair (right), a renowned cognitive psychologist in the UK. With a keen interest in fashion psychology, she is developing the first MA Psychology in the Fashion Industries and MSc Psychology in the Fashion Industries programmes which will run at The London College of Fashion from September 2014. Carolyn will focus on the importance of psychology in fashion and help students to gain an understanding of human behaviour in a fashion context. We had a fascinating discussion about the impact our clothes have on how we feel about ourselves and I would have loved to talk to her all night, she's so lovely and insightful. 

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I found success with most of the clothes I took into the fitting room (we had to separate my bounty into two groupings) but decided to take home a pair of jeans from one of today's most popular jean brands, they're skinny and a turquoisy teal (I cannot have enough blue skinny jeans); I'm wearing them as I write this, they're so comfortable and fit perfectly. I also got two 'going out' tops because although I'm not out constantly I do find I'm lacking in clothes that are suitable for a night on the 'toon' (that's Geordie speak). But as I'm Canadian and not a Geordie I'm much more casual (ok that's not fair, there are casual Geordies, my friends don't even own sparkly tops and dresses); however, you don't want to be so casual that you look like you're not out for fun. These two tops are perfect for my subtle going out style. I was just under the amout of the gift card when I made my way to the cash with my three items, and then I saw some high-end designer activewear and my eyes fixated on a really great jacket in shades of grey and a mix of fabrics, it was right in line with the activewear I've been oggling from New York Fashion Week. I scooped one up and tried it on in the queue and added it to the pile. (I'm also wearing that right now, it's so comfy and will come in handy for a lot more than going to the gym.)

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In the end, my four items totalled £128. The RRP was several times that so I was totally thrilled, a big bonus on top of having new clothes that I really loved and work for me. 

I'm so glad I was asked to be a part of this with TK Maxx. I do almost 100% of my clothes shopping online because of convenience and selection, but after this experience I knew I'd be checking back in regularly to see what gems have arrived before I do any clicking - a typical store has over 50,000 in stock and receives 10,000 new pieces every week. That's another thing - TK Maxx has brought in brands we wouldn't otherwise have in Newcastle. We only have a few high end shops, I think you could actually count them all on one hand (and maybe even have a thumb left over), and they only carry certain brands. But it's not just about finding high-end gems; the entire floor is stocked with desirable clothes from all price points. I love the surprise of finding which designers will appear next, and discovering new labels in other areas of the store. And not forgetting the cherry on top - saving money! And I have to mention that the racks were very neat (no mess like you tend to find on the high street) and the fitting rooms were very clean as well, not strewn with discarded clothes and hangers. And the selection was simply fantastic. Newcastle needed this. Did I mention I'm impressed and I can't wait to get back? (Well since originally writing this draft I have been back. Last weekend I took a friend who was visiting and needed jeans, and she found the perfect pair plus some tops. And I found the perfect replacement to a raincoat I no longer like because my style has changed - my old one has a bow in the back and I don't do those anymore. My new find is more utilitarian and just so cool that I actually don't mind if it rains now. Almost.) 

You know what? I've yet to make my way to the second level to browse the housewares. This adventure is just beginning....

March 19, 2014

Nicolas Ruel Goes 'From Architecture to Fashion in 8 Seconds'


Since 2007, Montreal photographer Nicolas Ruel has been refining an in-camera double exposure technique, where with a quick swivelling motion of his device, a second plan is overlaid on a main subject, creating a new dimension. Ruel uses this process to capture an unseen urban look of the world, and to date this body of work - called 8 Seconds after the shutter speed used - spans an impressive sixty cities in forty countries. As you can see below, Ruel presents a very unique tour of the world's most fascinating places, demonstrating a knack for transferring the energy of the city to the viewer; the result is quite exhilarating and you don't want to stop looking. 

The originality of Ruel's work  struck Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, who then asked him to set up a photo shoot in Jean Paul Gaultier's atelier in Paris. Ruel has been chosen to appear alongside famous artists and fashion photographers to showcase his work in the travelling international exhibition devoted to the French couturier, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, during its stop in London at the Barbican Art Centre from April 9th to August 25th, 2014. In this context, Ruel's double exposure technique pays tribute to the duality that prevails in the world of Jean Paul Gaultier.

"Nicolas Ruel has a young and refreshing eye that is very different from most photographers. His pictures have an artistic tone that goes beyond simple fashion photography. The quality of his work compares to the same level as those from Andy Warhol, Pierre and Giles or David Lachapelle that we selected for the exhibition," says Loriot.

Watch Jean Paul Gaultier speak about the exhibition and its stop in London, as only JPG can (email subscribers can click on the post title to watch this on the blog):


Here is a glimpse of Ruel's fashion work:



And now a mini tour of some of my favourites from Ruel's 8 Seconds project, of which there were a ton:



Tower Bridge, 2007


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Photos © Nicolas Ruel 

Source: v2com

March 06, 2014

London Hat Week Kicks off at Atelier Millinery

L-R Scarlett Engineer, Rebecca Peters, La Touche, India Bennett [5]Left to right: Scarlett Engineer, Rebecca Peters, La Touche, and India Bennett

I love hats. Proper millinery ones. I don't wear them so much anymore, but they're fun and they break up the visual monotony on the streets. Britain loves hats, too, which anyone in the world knows if they've watched a royal wedding on tv. To celebrate, London Hat Week begins today at the event's official hub, Atelier Millinery, an independent hat shop in Kingly Court, Carnaby. LHW will explore every aspect of making and wearing hats in the city which is leading the worldwide revival of millinery. An exciting schedule of events will be hosted by partners across London during the week, many of which will be free of charge. LHW will run from 6-12 March.

Visit Atelier Millinery to preview the ‘My Favourite Hat’ exhibition featuring the inspiration of some of London’s most famous hat personalities, and special discounts and retail promotions will be offered at hat shops and showrooms throughout London and online, making it the perfect time to find out if you're a 'hat person' or treat yourself to a brand new style.


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