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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!
Last December, I had an early Christmas present. I found out that my hats would be featured at the Milliner’s Corner at the lovely and historic Keeneland Race Track! My mind then started racing, turning over ideas for my Keeneland Collection, which consists of 45 hats and fascinators. Many are one of a kind designs and are only available at Keeneland.
How do I get my inspiration, you ask? Pinterest is my addiction. I especially love looking at millinery designs that members of the Royal Family wear at Ascot. Princess Sophie of Wessex is a favorite. My newest designs are inspired by Sophie of Wessex
I will be at Keeneland on April 14, 15, 21 and 22nd to help you pick out your own Polly Singer creation . Please stop by and say hello! I am happy to help you pick out the perfect hat or fascinator for the Kentucky Derby!
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.