Stephen Jones' Textile Clouds for Donna Karan - Spring, 2010 . . .

December 26, 2009

Oh, how I have admired the work of veteran British milliner, Stephen Jones! It was no surprise to learn that he was behind the floating textile clouds that topped numerous designs in the DKNY runway show for Spring, 2010. I have been working on several blog entries about the exhibit that SJ created for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London earlier this year, "Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones". More on this millinery design treat later!

This first design in the DKNY collection looks like stiffened silk molded over a circular frame, likely made of silk-covered millinery wire. The drape of the hat silk mimics the hip draping of the dress and helps to balance the left and right of the ensemble.

Charlotte di Calypso
Photo: Don Ashby & Olivier Claiss

This next design may also be made of scuplted, stiffened silk after a sponging with white textile paint.

Hanne Gaby Odiele
Photo: Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

Ah, yes . . . I love the soft gray folds of this more symmetrical design. . .

Edita Vilkeviciute
Photo: Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

and this textured gray design as well . . .

Kasia Struss
Photo: Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

The runway show of this collection can be viewed at the DKNY website. Do take the time to view this collection. Euclyptus gray and white as the staple, with fusion coral, pink champagne or tomato puree as accent were used to create this elegant design collection. I love this spring's top color combinations and the results of the Karan and Jones collaboration. Bravo! Can anyone hear the silent sound of my cyber-cheer?

Stephen Jones' contributions illustrate that a milliner's options
are as varied as the materials and inspirations that s/he seeks and finds!

May your own fashion finds be the perfect reflection of your unique style,



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