There’s no denying the millinery world’s sudden hold on fashion, as well as broader pop culture. From Mad Men to Gaga, hats and headpieces are everywhere. I feel like we’re constantly finding new milliners we like, new headpiece concepts we’re intrigued by, and new ideas about how to incorporate them into our wardrobes.
That’s why I was so excited to spend some time with Brooklyn-based millinery I Love Factory. Duo Christopher Garbushian and Laurel St. Romain have designed hats for a ton of celebrities (including the aforementioned Lady) over the last two years. They’ve also received plenty of editorial attention, from Japanese Nylon to Teen Vogue to Tavi, who wore their cone hat in Pop. I Love Factory’s pieces have even appeared on Gossip Girl.
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AUSTIN–On Saturday evening, a rather large, well-dressed crowd gathered at Austin advertising firm GSD&M Idea City to kick off the city’s second annual fashion week. Show goers were treated to delicious cocktails and choice snacks while braving the intense 104 degree heat. Various donations provided by local businesses, artists and sponsors furnished a silent auction benefiting the charities Austin Involved and Dress For Success.
But it wasn’t until sundown that things really got moving. The show opened with a performance by ’80s darling Tiffany, followed by a short runway presentation featuring classic, free flowing silhouettes from Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent and beautiful patterned pieces from Robert Stock for Robert Graham. The night ended with a mash up catwalk showcasing the collaborative efforts of 25 teams, each consisting of a local apparel designer, a jewelry designer, a makeup artist, a hair stylist, a photographer, and a model.
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