Love Cindy Blackman – the drummer. She’s so cool. She got her first professional drum kit when she was 14 and in 1993 she auditioned for Lenny Kravitz over the phone and has been working with him ever since. She’s also married to Carlos Santana. She’s recorded 9 albums with her own bands and she’s also played with lots of other artists including Al B. Sure, Jackie McLean,George Benson, Don Pullen, Angela Bofil and Joss Stone.
Keely Hunter is a London based hat designer presently making wooden hats! I love the idea of a wooden hat and had a chat with Keely about her inspirations.
What inspired your collection? ‘NEW BUILD’ for me was all about contributing to design in a directional sense, hence I have produced a series of pieces made from wood and other non-traditional millinery materials. The focus is 5 minimalist designs with a maximalist twist. Punctuated by splashes of bold colour and drawing inspiration from architecture and conceptual sculpture I wanted to create a bold sense of design that looks firmly towards the future.
Where did you study?
I graduated from an HNC in Millinery from Kensington & Chelsea College (the course is taught by Kirsten Scott, who used to be the milliner at Chanel). Before turning to millinery I was a product developer/buyer in tailoring at Arcadia.
Are the wooden hats light, easy to wear?
The Mohawk is a bit heavy – but amazing! But everything else is actually quite light. Weight was obviously a key consideration during the design process, but this is something I have controlled so the pieces are wearable.
I asked Keely for a brief description of her hats:
Birch, balsa and perspex create a sculptural hat giving a contemporary take on the classic punk-rock hairstyle.
Treated balsa-wood, connected together using internal aluminium hinges creating a sense of movement to the piece, which essentially turns the wood into a fluid fabric which allows curves and shape in a material that is normally flat and hard.
Walnut Veneer Fan
Walnut and walnut burr with veneer.
I’ve always been a fan of No Doubt so I’m looking forward to their next album, Rock Steady. it should be out in the next few months! Their first album ‘No Doubt’ came out in 1992 and they haven’t released an album since 2001 but have been working on this one since 2008 with a break as Gwen Stefani had a baby.
I absolutly love Gwen Stefani – she one of my style icons. I love that she never has roots and she’s been blond since she was about 14.
She’s had her own fashion label LAMB since 2003 (her mother helped make her clothes when she first started performing. She also played Jean Harlow in The Aviator. There are lots of blonds with red lips, from Marilyn Monroe to Deborah Harry but to make this look your own takes something special.
As a fashion stylist luggage is a big part of my life and labeling my luggage is important – so it’s great to have fashionable luggage tags! I got this DVF vintage zebra swirl print luggage tag in the goody bag from the WGSN Global Fashion Awards.
I recently received a lovely press pack for the HBO series Mildred Pierce. I received a vintage hat and a DVD with the first episode of Mildred Pierce, which will air on Sky Atlantic HD on Saturday at 9pm. If you’ve read the book or watched the 1945 film with Joan Crawford you’re going to enjoy this 5-part series.
We’ve had Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire and now we have Mildred Pierce. It’s set in America during depression with Kate Winslet as Mildred Pierce. In the first episode Mildred is looking for a job and what’s interesting is she’s wearing a day dress with a little hat – a look you often see in east London – only with makeup that is slightly more modern.
I was quite excited as I got to style a video for Nero‘s ‘Promises,’ their fouth single, which will be released July 23rd. it’s such a good song and my team and I couldn’t stop dancing around. Nero is electronic music artists Dan Stephens and Joe Ray, with Alana Watson on vocals. They’re known for dubstep and won the 2010 Beatport awards for Best Dubstep Act and Best Dubstep Track for "Act Like You Know" in 2009.
I never really thought of 70s bodybuilders as having a style – but they have such a strong 70s style, and with as little gym clothing as possible!
In a way your body is your most important accessory, and if we took a small part of the time we spend shopping and used it for fitness we’d end up with a body that would be easier and more fun to dress – does that make time spent at the gym, time spent accessorizing?
This is the second year of trend-forecasting giant WGSN’s Global Fashion Awards. It’s been a big success and has had nominees from all over the world. E-map (owner of WGSN) gives out many fashion awards and the Global Fashion Awards has become their most popular event. The short list was announced at a party at St Martin’s Lane.
It’s quite an exciting event and I’m particularly excited to see who will win the Breakthrough Designer, Most Creative Student, Outstanding Fashion Collaboration/Collaborator Collection and Outstanding Fashion Innovator/Innovation. This year I’m one of the judges and the winners will be announced at Gotham Hall in New York City on the 20th of October.
(Above me, wearing a Stephen Jone’s hat, Veronica Moncho Lobo and Courtney Blackman)
Una Burke, David Longshaw and Kirsty Ward Eudon Choi
GLOBAL FASHION AWARDS 2011 SHORTLIST:
Outstanding Customer Experience
Macy’s (Backstage Pass) JWT New York
Outstanding New Store
Converse, SoHo, New York
Core Spirit, London
La Boutique Palacio, Mexico
Miu Miu, Bond Street, London
Mr Mudd and Mr Gold, Stockholm, Sweden
Puma, Boulevard de Sébastopol, Paris (Plajer & Franz Studio)
VPL, SoHo, New York
Walisuma, La Paz, Bolivia
Outstanding Brand Mix
Hudson’s Bay Company
Saks Fifth Avenue
Global Brand or Retailer
Abercrombie & Fitch
Rue La La
thecorner.com (YOOX Group)
Most Sustainable Brand or Retailer
Levi Strauss & Co
Marks & Spencer
Naya Shoes, Brown Shoe Co
Most Influential Design Team
Rag & Bone
Most Influential Designer, Womenswear
Christopher Bailey, Burberry
Miuccia Prada, Prada
Phoebe Philo, Céline
Most Influential Designer, Menswear
Italo Zucchelli, Calvin Klein Collection
Miuccia Prada, Prada
Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy
Most Influential Designer, Footwear and/or Accessories
Adrian Margelist, NAVYBOOT
Michael van der Ham
We Are Handsome
Breakthrough Brand or Retailer
NOT JUST A LABEL
Raoul (FJ Benjamin, Singapore)
Spinners by Shane Warne (Lime Door Brands)
Sprout by Gro
Uniforms for the Dedicated
Most Creative Student Collection
Asiima Mawudoku – London Metropolitan University
Entouarnt Gavriilidis – Istituto Marangoni
Estee Anna Lindley – University of Central Lancashire
Hugo Tsang KaWai – Parsons The New School of Design
Maarten van der Horst – Central Saint Martins
Marius Janusauskas – Royal Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts
Mathilde Jansson – Parsons Paris School of Art & Design
Rachel Cliffe – University of Central Lancashire
Yeashin Kim – London College of Fashion
Yingzhi Luo – London College of Fashion
Most Innovative Marketing Campaign
Armani Jeans (Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners)
Dr Marten’s Airwair
Wrangler, VF Europe
Outstanding Fashion Innovator/Innovation
A Suit That Fits
adiVERSE by adidas (Start JudgeGill)
Castro Street Project
Levi Strauss & Co
Masai Marketing & Trading (MBT International)
Outstanding Fashion Collaboration/Collaborator
Coca-Cola Light/Diet Coke & Karl Lagerfeld
Edgars & LAMB by Gwen Stefani
George at Asda & Barbara Hulanicki
Barbour & Tokihito Yoshida
JC Penney (I “Heart” Ronson)
Joyce, 40th anniversary collaborations
Macy’s & Matthew Williamson
Malan Breton & NBC Universal
Opening Ceremony & Partners
Target Corporation (Go International Designer Collective
I am obsessed with skin care. I’m usually carrying bags and touching fabrics so my hands are always in very rough condition. I recently received a jar of HealGel and it’s seemed to work very well. it’s been quite calming and soothing on my skin.
With all this rain you might want to visit the Burberry Brit store in Covent Gardens. it’s quite a beautiful shop and the staff is very polite. Of course if you’re in need of a rain coat or umbrella they’ll always have lots to choose from.
I’ve always liked a good hat but after spending a week styling backstage at Royal Ascot and working with Stephen Jones’ hats I’ve developed a new addiction and a better understanding of what makes a great hat. We put a lot of effort into choosing a dress but often you forget to put the same amount of effort into choosing a hat. It’s all about angles and what shapes work best with your face. A hat is quite a unique accessory: we can’t really justify a hat like we can with a pair of shoes or a hand bag by saying that we need them because they are functional – but a hat does have a purpose. It makes you feel special!
One of the most exciting and important parts of Ascot is the racing and it’s quite amazing. I didn’t know that I’d find it so impressive and exciting. The sound of the horses as they are on the race course is louder then you think and when they pass by it’s so quick – I couldn’t believe that I actually got this photo of the race!
Today was the first day of Royal Ascot, which is celebrating its 300th anniversary and we did our first fashion show in Bessborough Restaurant. The designers are Amanda Wakeley, Julien McDonald, Todd Lynn, Vivienne Westwood and Steven Jones. It’s quite an amazing event to style and we had a great backstage team. The Bessborough restaurant is beautiful – it feels like an event and that something special is about to happen!
Top hats are always so elegant. A good top hat is made from silk and you use a velvet mini pillow to brush the silk to give it a beautiful shine. These hats are from Patey Hats. Patey Hats is part of the Firmin & Sons group, who made Prince William’s uniform for his wedding. The top hats are made using the same skills as hat makers in the eighteenth century.
This is a rare vintage white silk tophat (it’s not for sale). I love the old labels inside the hat.