On May 19th 2018 Claudia was privileged to join the summer wedding of Harry and Meghan as a guest. Having researched so many of the milliners working in the UK today she chose Rachel Trevor-Morgan to hand-make her hat. Claudia said ‘Rachel shares a similar aesthetic to us of reinventing an old tradition, and redefining it for the women of today. Alongside the desire for a pared down simplicity is the highest skill and craft.’
Rachel has used our jewellery to accessorise some of her hats this year, and we caught up with her to find out what was going on this year in the world of millinery. Rachel says ‘The hat is definitely the accessory of this season with all the major magazines featuring them in their fashion stories. There is no particular shape of the season, the hat is the story, it’s more about the silhouette and making a bold statement with your headwear. Florals are everywhere, joyful bright flower blooms and petal brims – perfect for weddings and racing.’
Here are a few tips from Rachel on choosing a hat:
Try on a lot of different styles, especially if you are not a seasoned hat wearer. You need to keep an open mind, it is often the style that you least expect to work that looks fabulous! Go to an expert if you can, a milliner will be able to advise on what styles work for you and your outfit. If you are able, have your hat designed especially for your outfit. When trying on hats, it is vital to look in a full -length mirror and take account of your whole silhouette. Making the right choice with your hat is all a matter of ‘balance’, making sure that hat balances with your whole look – height, build etc,- and the outfit you are planning to wear. Carefully consider what you are wearing, if you have chosen a very busy dress you may well want to stick to a simpler hat, while a simple coat dress would definitely call for a statement hat.
Dressing for a wedding is often a long process, not only to choose the outfit, a hat to match but then what jewellery will work alongside both to add that finishing touch. We are often asked for advice and have found the following a useful guide.
If you are wearing a hat often a pair of earrings works best, leaving the outfit to shine on its own. We find that swinging chain earrings are a bit too ‘dangly’ for wearing with hats, so prefer earrings that have a bit more structure if they are to be worn with a hat. This summer we have some particularly fabulous earrings to match any hat you may choose:
Our Calligraphy ripple hoops offer a very lovely swoop which is very feminine and works with both loose hats and the more structured hats. Featuring hand picked baroque pearl drops they offer a very modern way to wear pearls for any occasion.
For a simple but strong look our new favourite hoops are elegant in their simplicity. Claudia’s design is inspired by the Escaramuza riding at the Dior show wearing the iconic fedora hats. And our bestselling trapeze earrings offer a lower hoop and look fabulous with hair worn up with tendrils curling down behind the ears.
For a modern take on the traditional pearl drop our new baroque siren studs have been a bestseller since launching. A clean modern silver fitting, with an organic natural feel, matched with the generous and lustrous pearl drops will fit well with wearing your hair up in particular. We like the mixture of the classic pearl idea and the simple modern design these earrings deliver.
For the classicist, these are our top choices – the signet couture hoops… our biography hoops offer a very modern look which epitomizes the low key luxe feel, and our range or pearl duos offer the ultimate classic pearl upgrade.
And for the minimalist, or those looking to wear multiple earrings, yet still feel elegant and stylish, our range of pearl studs from the new micro kai studs up to …. Allow you to find your own style, and will ensure you look yourself on the day.
And finally for the ultimate feminine look our beautiful 3 pearl ear jacket is pretty feminine and would work wonderfully with all the floral dresses seen today.