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I have been busy designing new hats. Oversize fedoras, Downton Abbey style cloches and jewel tone fascinators to name a few! This is the first year that I have done fall hats and I am excited about this new line!
Before I got into fashion design, I had no idea how fashion colors were selected. As a student at F.I.T., I learned about Pantone and color forecasting. Pantone 2018 Spring Summer trends feature meadowlark yellow, little boy blue, cherry tomato, blooming dahlia, pink lavender and ultra violet among others. These are fun colors to work with and easily incorporated into a hat or fascinator for the Kentucky Derby or any other event where you want to wear something festive.
This is how the color experts at Pantone describe the colors for Spring/Summer 2018
PANTONE 13-0646 Meadowlark
The bold and lively Meadowlark, a confident and outgoing bright yellow shade highlights the spring 2018 season, glistening with joy and illuminating the world around us.
PANTONE 17-1563 Cherry Tomato
Impulsive Cherry Tomato is a tempestuous orangey red that exudes heat and energy. Demanding attention, this courageous, never to be ignored shade is viscerally alive.
PANTONE 16-4132 Little Boy Blue
With the expectation of the clear blue sky, Little Boy Blue is no longer for little boys only. Suggestive of expansiveness and continuity, this azure blue shade reassures us with its promise of a new day.
Newmarket would be a fun choice to showcase that Little Boy Blue color. Newmarket works great with any hair color. This hand made fascinator features a lace stretched over a base.
PANTONE 18-1440 Chili Oil
Seasoned yet season-less, Chili Oil is an earthy brown based red that adds flavorful definition to the spring 2018 palette.
PANTONE 14-3207 Pink Lavender
Pink Lavender is a soft and romantic violet rose that charms with its soothing sense of quiescence.
PANTONE 15-1520 Blooming Dahlia
With its seemingly suggestive scent, the subtly alluring Blooming Dahlia beckons us with its understated appeal.
PANTONE 16-5533 Arcadia
Hinting at retro yet at the same time modern, Arcadia is a cooler, cleaner take on green; its tinge of blue undertone takes us into a new direction for the spring 2018 season.
To bring Arcadia into your Kentucky Derby ensemble, try a dash of Peppermint.
This handmade fascinator features Arcadia color lace over a custom Polly Singer base.
PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet
Conveying originality and ingenuity, the magical Ultra Violet is a distinctive and complex purple shade that fascinates and intrigues.
PANTONE 18-1028 Emperador
The rich chocolate infused brown Emperador adds strength and substance to the spring 2018 palette.
PANTONE 12-2103 Almost Mauve
With its gentle petal like touch, delicate and ephemeral Almost Mauve adds a sense of nostalgia to the spring 2018 palette.
PANTONE 17-3020 Spring Crocus
Witty and expressive, Spring Crocus is a flamboyant and tantalizing fuchsia shade that summons you in with its beguiling charm.
PANTONE 13-0550 Lime Punch
Sharp and pungent, Lime Punch hits a chord with its strident and striking citrus like presence in the spring 2018 color palette.
If you find yourself totally confused as to which hat to pick to wear with any of these colors, try a neutral such as Eclipse.
I love Fall and Winter too. I do realize that sounds strange, given the fact that the Spring and Summer are thought to be the more popular times for wearing a hat. However having lived in Manhattan for 13 years and enduring cold winds on those streets, I can tell you that hats kept me warm and healthy. I wanted to look stylish. Living on the Upper East Side and working on Sutton Place, I couldn’t exactly don a ski cap!
To me, the perfect Fall/Winter hat is smaller. It looks great with a coat or jacket. It is in a classic color, meaning it can work with coats in your closet. It blends in and looks seamless with a variety of styles. And most of all, it is flattering to the face.
When I first started out making hats, I would of course wear them on the streets of New York. I can not tell you how often people gave me positive comments. Men would open doors for me (quite unusual for New York). Ladies would start conversations with me about how their mother or grandmother loved or even made hats.
The hats shown below were all made by me. They have been hand blocked and sewn, using the millinery techniques that I learned at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Eve is a new favorite. I love gray as it goes with so many colors. Black and white, navy or even red, it is the new neutral. I designed Eve with a vintage flair. The Downton Abbey and 20’s style was my inspiration for Eve.
Meryl would look great with a brown, camel or ivory coat. I fell in love with this orange and creme cloche style. A bow and button accent Meryl. The cloche style is flattering on most. It really highlights the face.
Sweet Audrina features the classic colors of black and red. The black vintage style velvet ribbon, curled pheasant feathers and rhinestone button have made this hat a winner, literally! It won Best Hat a recent competition.
Finally, Sweet Leaf is just that. A sweet hat with a soft brim that can be turned up or down. Hand cut felt leaves are sewn on, accented with ivory buttons. Sweet Leaf can be worn with all shades of brown and even ivory. It can even be worn with black. Combining so many shades on a hat actually gives the wearer more fashion options.
Each season, Pantone releases colors that will appear in clothing designs and accessories. The colors shown above are for Spring 2015.
My personal favorites are the Glacier Gray and Tangerine. We have seen the classic blue for awhile.
How does this all relate to picking your hat?
A safe general bet is to choose a neutral base color and then add the pops of color. As many of you know, everything is sewn on by hand, so hats can be retrimmed later on.
Below are some hats that would work well with the Spring 2015 color palette.