Super Duper Hats

Milliners Matteo Gioli, Ilaria and Veronica Cornacchini take us into their converted workspace where handmade reigns

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by Ivan Carvalho for Freunde von Freunden The role of Florence in the Renaissance is well documented, but many aren’t aware that the city on the banks of the Arno has another claim to fame: the birthplace of Italian fashion. In the 1950s, long before Milan’s catwalks got into gear, Florentines strutted their stuff at the country’s first runway shows. So it is only fitting …

Playful Headpieces from Benoit Missolin

The French milliner's S/S15 collection provides a brilliant reason to throw a party

Over the past decade, London-based French designer Benoit Missolin, who calls Christian Lacroix a mentor, has eschewed traditional hat shapes for statement-making headpieces that cause a double take. From lambskin leather bunny ears to gigantic glittery lips atop a headband or veils that evoke fun—not funeral—Missolin’s pop fashion accessories require a daring sense of confidence, with a dash of good humor, and a party invitation …

Industrial Fashion’s Non-Fashion Hat

The label's debut product is born from experimenting with manufacturing processes instead of trends

Spotted during this year’s London Design Festival at RCA’s Big Small show, which delved into contemporary contradictions, were some hats—striking in their simplicity. They’re the debut product from newly launched label Industrial Fashion, dreamed up by London-raised designer Julia Georgallis and German-born designer Dustin Jessen. As a counter to the trend-driven fashion industry, these two RCA grads are creating stylish accessories with looks influenced by …