Rachael Finch

Spring 2014 millinery

Pastel tones with strong structured arrangements - Jonathan Howard.

Pastel tones with strong structured arrangements – Jonathan Howard.

Perfectly formed geometrical crowns - Viktoria Novak.

Perfectly formed geometrical crowns – Viktoria Novak.

Veiling will return - Suzy O'Rourke. Photo: Michele Aboud

Veiling will return – Suzy O’Rourke. Photo: Michele Aboud

The wide brimmed hat, a personal favourite of Hatmaker Jonathan Howard.

The wide brimmed hat, a personal favourite of Hatmaker Jonathan Howard.

Black is very much in demand for Spring - Viktoria Novak.

Black is very much in demand for Spring – Viktoria Novak.

Metallic offers an option to mix up black and white combinations - Suzy O'Rourke. Photo: Michele Aboud

Metallic offers an option to mix up black and white combinations – Suzy O’Rourke. Photo: Michele Aboud

Wearable materials such a leather will be popular - Viktoria Novak.

Wearable materials such a leather will be popular – Viktoria Novak.

Well it’s that time of year again! Spring racing is almost upon us and with more people stepping outside their comfort zone when it comes to fashion I think this year is going to be quite memorable. I thought it was the perfect time to chat to 3 of the best milliners about key trends this Spring. Jonathan Howard, Suzy O’Rourke and Viktoria Novak are all leaders in their field and are constantly featured throughout the best fashion magazines in the country. Take some notes from below and, happy planning.

1. Millinery trends this Spring?
Jonathan says: For a number of seasons now we have seen the return of ‘the hat’ – this year even more so as the dressing becomes more tailored. Structured hats will work very well. Graphic sculptured forms of perspex, all manner of straw, and leather will feature. For those who take the opportunity to parade in a headpiece of feathers, they should look out for lovely pastel tones with strong structured arrangements. For easy-wear glamour don a multi coloured jewell headband. My personal favouriate, the wide brimmed hat – find a professionally made chapeaux, something you can treasure as a classic.

Suzy says: This Spring monochrome will once again stand out at the track. It is such a classic combination that is forever chic and this year we will see millinery with a ‘ladylike’ feel given an edge with dramatic silhouettes, texture and polka dots. Metallics will offer another option to mix up black and white combinations. Delicate floral headpieces and veiling will return in feminine lilac, pinks, blues and nude. Statement millinery created in unique materials with sharp lines will be the perfect compliment to sleek modern graphic outfits.

Viktoria says: This spring season we will see crisp white, with white on white for both clothing and headpieces. Black is back, we saw a lot of this earlier in the year during the Sydney autumn racing carnival, but it is very much in demand for spring. Spring is also the perfect time of year for colour, so this season we’ll see soft feminine gelato colours such as soft pinks, lilac and mint green. In terms of patterns, we will be seeing geometrical prints and exotic skin prints such as snake and crocodile. Generally for spring racing we always see materials such as feathers, sinamay, straw and delicate silk flowers, however this season we will be wearing materials such as leather, brass, 3D structured fabrics/laces, metals and crystals. Shapes this season will be everything and anything from closely fitted to the head, minimalistic, to perfectly formed geometrical crowns. We’ll see lots of points such as shapes like leaves and arrows.

2. Inspiration behind the change in millinery?
Suzy says: Racing will alway be about classic style but each year we see racegoers upping the ante, pulling together stunning race outfits from top to toe. The importance of accessories and fine details has become number one. Shoes, bags and most important millinery choices reflect your personality and style whether you are going for an edgy look, classic or quirky/fun. After all the Spring Racing carnival is all about FUN!!

Viktoria says:
The inspiration is definitely “less is more”. Fashion of course dedicates trends and because we are wearing more fashion forward style clothing, millinery has naturally shifted towards a more modern direction. Today’s generation is inspired by international runways, celebrities and the “Mad Max” style. Fashionista’s are also opting for a more effortless chic style, instead of perfectly matching the whole outfit from head to toe.

3. Why are we loving these trends?
Jonathan says: It has been a natural progression, Australian milliners are on trend and the millinery is geared closely towards popular trends in fashion, hence the change in attitude and direction.

Suzy says: These looks work so well at the race track as they give a nod to classic racing style but can be turned up to give an ultra modern edgy look or pretty feminine feel, you can have fun with planning your outfit and there is a look to suit everyone.

Viktoria says: Fashion has become more polished and refined. The shapes and fabrics used by designers in today’s fashion world are more tailored. This time of year we also see unusual shapes with character allowing Fashionista’s to express their individual styles. Fashionista’s are opting for items of clothing that are a piece of art and unique, and the same goes with their millinery choice. Today’s Fashionista wants to be able to re-wear their accessories; so choosing a design that is of the highest quality, which will allow them to reinvent their millinery choice not only wear to the races, but also to a special occasion. Fashionista’s also love millinery pieces that can be re-styled differently, essentially giving them two styles in one piece. Every decade we see a new trend evolve, we are now in the transition of creating the next fashion forward trend in the fashion world. We are dictating the next trend of the future.

4. What are you currently working on?
Jonathan says: We’ve recently collaborated with Zimmermann, on a range to coincide with their Cruise 2015 collection. Also, am excited to collaborate with jewellers Sarah & Sebastian once again, designing a capsule collection for Spring Racing. What I’m most excited about is our new collection of Luxury Sun Hats. We have sourced rare and special straws from all corners of the globe. Each have been given the special ‘hatmaker’ treatment where they’ve been hand-dyed, hand shaped and finished with unique trims at our Paddington workroom.

Viktoria says: I have been working on my new spring racing collection for this season, which is inspired by the Grecian Goddess flirting with elements of gold and brass. My collection also features leather crowns, leather and fabric cat inspired ears, with a range of sculptured fashion forward millinery designs. This year’s millinery collection has been designed and handmade keeping with tradition of this season’s top fashion trends.

  1. Adelae

    Hey Rach, what was the headpiece you wore with the Dion Lee getup for Caulfield? Designer/Price/Location? Or similar.

    1. Rachael Finch Post author

      Hi lovely sorry for the late reply on this one! It was a custom made one off Viktoria Novak design. All prices change depending on materials etc. x


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