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London Hat Week -Preview – Opens 7th – 12th October 2016




Look at these amazing designs! I have to admit I was totally amazed at the pure talent and creativity when I arrived at the preview exhibition, based in Liverpool Street at the Coventry University London Campus.

The preview event showcased a selection of hats to offer a taste of what London Hat Week has to offer.

During London Hat Week in October, there will be the main exhibition, showcasing over 130 hat designs, alongside an array of events and workshops that are selling out as we speak.

Also, good news, if you get your ticket at the early bird rate, it’s only £6, can’t really go wrong with that!

I admit, my previous experience of viewing millinery had been from watching Ladies Day at the racing at Ascot, wishing I could one day dress up and flaunt such exquisite style and sophistication and maybe even get a mention on TV for having one of the most stylish outfits and hats…but on arrival at this exhibition my jaw dropped at the sheer creativity in each hat.

As you can see these designs are each so unique and each hat tells it’s own story and has it’s own inspiration.

Here is a selection of a few of my favourite hats.


Feather Hat designed by Lisa Jayne McCannon at Lisa Jayne Millinery (UK)

This stunning hat caught my attention as soon as I walked into the room, I love bright colours and if you see my wardrobe you will know that I love RED <3

Inspired by the artist and designer Ertè, it is handmade using feather work/wire work & hand rolled sinamay.

See more designs by Lisa Jayne Millinery at lisajaynemillinery.com

A Dragons Tale Hat designed by Belinda Osbourne at Peacock Millinery

A Dragons Tale designed by Belinda Osbourne at Peacock Millinery

This flamboyant piece is inspired by The Lord of the Rings Book.

Model is wearing A Dragons Tale Hat designed by Belinda Osbourne

Model is wearing A Dragons Tale  designed by Belinda Osbourne at Peacock Millinery (Australia)

Made from beautiful feathers, it is soft but strong, sitting poised, waiting to be awoken.

See more designs by Peacock Millinery – www.peacockmillinery.com


Heald Wires designed by Margaret Woodliff Wright at Margaret Woodliff Millinery. (UK)

What an amazing intricate design! 🙂

Inspired by the heald wires found in the construction of a loom in a woollen weaving mill, typical of the looms still found in Yorkshire.

See more designs by Margaret Woodliff Millinery – www.margaretwoodliffwright.com

Heart designed by Eun Young Lee at Eun Young Lee Millinery (The Netherlands)

Heart designed by Eun Young Lee at Eun Young Lee Millinery (The Netherlands)

I am mesmerized by this design, would love to have tried it on 🙂

Inspired by Hanji (Paper) artist Chun Kwang Young. This represents Eun’s idea of a balance between univeral beauty and traditional Korean cultural expression.

See more designs by Eun Young Lee Millinery – www.eunyoungleemillinery.com

Interspace designed by Monique Lee Hylands-White at Monique Lee Millinery

Interspace designed by Monique Lee Hylands-White at Monique Lee Millinery (UK/Taiwan)

Wow! Love this hat, there are so many cool hairstyles I can imagine complimenting this design.

This piece is inspired by the work of scientist Niels Bohr. It explores the relationship between matter & space.

This piece was designed for British designer Sadie Clayton’s London Fashion Week presentation at Royal Academy of Arts.

See more designs by Monique Lee Millinery – www.moniquelee.uk



Metropolis designed by Tess Piggott at Anna Dominoes Millinery (UK)

Metropolis designed by Tess Piggott at Anna Dominoes Millinery (UK)

This piece reminded me of Hollywood glamour. I wasn’t surprised to learn that it was inspired by a movie.

Inspired by Metropolis Movie (1927), this hat evoked the Machine Age concept of man and machine blending into one streamlined figure.

See more designs by Anna Dominoes Millinery – www.admillinery.com 





Net designed by Iva Ksenevich at Iva Ksenevich Millinery

Net designed by Iva Ksenevich at Iva Ksenevich Millinery (Russia) 

I would love to rock this hat…this is so my style! <3

Inspired be Moscow architecture, the skyscrapers of Moscow City business centre, this hat has definite geometry but yet has smooth soft lines – a striking combination.

See more designs by Iva Ksenevich – www.ivaksenvich.com

Yellow Pumpkin Hat with Polka Dots designed by Martina Bohn (UK)

Yellow Pumpkin Hat with Polka Dots designed by Martina Bohn at Martna Bohn (UK)

This hat really stood out as different at this preview, I love the colour, the shape and the feel of the fabric.

I also got to meet the designer Martina Bohn, who was a lovely lady with an exquisite unique style as unique as her hat design.


Designer Martina Bohn poses with her design Yellow Pumpkin Hat with Polka Dots (UK)

Radar designed by Ana Lazovski (Slovenia)

Radar designed by Ana Lazovski (Slovenia)

This hat is truly a thing of wonder! It is so thin, yet so strong but surprisingly soft to the touch…don’t ask me how (i’m not the professional :D) I got to meet the Ana Lazovski,  the designer who posed with the model with her extravagant design.

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How stylish is Ana? Take a sneak peek at her gorgeous hair piece – beautiful!

Radar is inspired by fashion designer Koji Tatsuno, it was created for an exhibition of Koji’s work in Maribor, 2012 capital of culture.

See more of Ana Lazovski’s designs – www.lazovski.si


I could keep showing you many more lovely designs from the preview but these give fairly good  taste of the variety and creativity that awaits with over 130  hats that will be on show.

Find out more about this fabulous week of millinery, style and creativity at the London Hat Week website.

Early bird tickets – £6  – Normal Price tickets – £9

This event is organised by;

X Terrace Fashion Platform @xterrace

Monique Lee Millinery @mlmhats

Coventry University @culcfash

London Hat Week @londonhatweek

Don’t miss out on this stylish week!


Let me know in the comments what you think of these designs? Which are your favourites?

Chanel 🙂

Chanel Williams

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  • 4th October 2016 at 1:35 am

    You’ve convinced me. Ticket bought, see you there 🙂

  • 8th September 2016 at 9:41 am

    Love these hats! Thanks for this…I want to go to this xx

  • 8th September 2016 at 1:19 am

    I’m grateful for the article post. Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

  • 7th September 2016 at 10:31 am

    Outstanding post!.Bookmarking 🙂

  • 7th September 2016 at 8:33 am

    Lovely designs, thanks for sharing. Never heard of London Hat Week but will check it out

  • 7th September 2016 at 12:48 am

    Your style is unique in comparison to other folks I have read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this blog.

  • 7th September 2016 at 12:28 am

    You can certainly see your enthusiasm in the work you write. These hats are gorgeous!! I want to attend this event and maybe even try designing a hat myself…you have inspired me 🙂