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Brief Published: 19 Sep 2012

London Fashion Week: Headwear


Known and loved for its eccentricity, London Fashion Week (LFW) upheld its experimental reputation with numerous examples of innovative headwear for Spring/Summer 2013 gracing its catwalks. The most notable of London’s millinery was from renowned British milliner Philip Treacy’s debut catwalk show, hosted by avant-garde headwear poster girl, US pop star Lady Gaga.

The word ‘hats’ doesn’t do justice to Treacy’s wildly ambitious creations. Bejewelled, featureless masks shielded the entire face while strings of LED lights looped around the entire body for an awe-inspiring effect. Models wore original outfits from US pop star Michael’s Jackson’s tours and music videos and his songs served as the soundtrack to the show, which was dedicated to the late fashion icons Isabella Blow, Lee Alexander McQueen and Michael Jackson himself.

Treacy’s pieces themselves looked to Africa, or more specifically, his projected vision of the continent’s economic rise, while over at Louise Gray, disco reigned supreme with angular metal and Perspex head pieces adding to the eccentric aesthetic. Giles Deacon also included over-the-top millinery as part of his feisty S/S 13 collection. Wide-brimmed hats embellished with metallic, artificial strands of hair by milliner Stephen Webster were incorporated for two looks that would no doubt have had the seal of approval from Lady Gaga herself.

London Fashion Week concludes today, with Milan Fashion Week kicking off tomorrow (September 19 2012).

London Fashion Week