As we enter spring summer, few things that come to my mind being in England are Wimbledon, races and weddings. Few days ago I was invited to preview Lock & Co. Hatter’s new women’s couture collection. I have always walked passed Lock & Co. Hatter’s St. James shop but always thought it was just for men’s hats. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the women’s collection upstairs.
Lock & Co. Hatters showcased its Spring/Summer 2017 women’s collection created by milliner Prudence. Prudence started her career after collaborating with Vivienne Westwood for Autumn/Winter 1991. The collaboration won Prudence the prestigious Best Accessories Award from the Fashion Council of America in 1996.
Originally from New York, Prudence moved to London in 1986 and launched her couture line ‘Prudence Millinery’. Her couture was a hit with the likes of Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel and hat from her couture line appeared on the Cover of Vogue Italia and countless editorials in British Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair, W and Tatler. Her collections have also appeared in the Sex and The City films and also been exhibited at the V&A
I had the pleasure to meet Prudence personally and ask her about the collection. The Creation of a Garden is Prudence’s first collection for Lock Couture.
Prudence was inspired by the decayed grandeur of the gardens at Sissinghurst, the country
Retreat of the Vita Sackville-West for this collection. She noticed how a vase of wilted peonies looked even more beautiful for their faded splendor. When conceiving the nine-piece collection Prudence envisaged a tempest-ruined flora-filled Sissinghurst and titled the collection ‘The Creation of a Garden’.
The first hat that Prudence designed was the veiled floral head cage with crushed peonies and roses which is also of my favourite from the collection.
Each hat is finished to Lock & Co’s exact standards, every flower is rolled by hand. Only the finest fabrics have been used, French silk, Italian, straw, wild goose feather, paisley brocade and silk gazar, a luxurious yarn developed by Spanish couturier Cristobal Balenciaga in the 1960’, which is featured in the in the blush and sage floral head piece.
The collection is elegant, quirky and very modern and would also appeal to a younger market as well. For more information please visit www.lockhatters.co.uk.
I would love to wear one of these hats to royal ascot or Henley Regatta.
Let me know which one was your favourite?