For many years I have found the type of hats worn at weddings, days at the races etc to be criminally boring. Now there is no reason to wear the same tired, predictable hats, thanks to the haute milliner Stephen Jones. His exquisite, whimsical pieces may not be every day wear and really are for special occasions only, still he makes even popular styles of hats (fedoras etc) into something more ornate.
In addition to designing for his own label, he is also responsible for most of the exquisite head pieces for haute couture labels such as Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and John Galliano. Jones counts Dita Von Teese, Helena Bonham Carter and Joan Collins as his admirers. He has created custom pieces for Kylie Minogue’s ‘Showgirl’ tour and for burlesque dancer Immodesty Blaise’s rocking horse act (Last picture).
Good news for you cash strapped lovers of beauty and style, Jones has a line of hats and fascinators for Debenhams. Normally when a high end designer does a more accesible line, the results can be rather dull and disappointing. However Jones’ Debenhams range is actually quite good, hopefully I will be able to get my hands on one of his hats.