In the New Year British retailer Hobbs will launch the Hobbs Invitation, a collection dedicated to occasion-wear. Featuring couture-inspired cocktail gowns that have a ‘touch of silver screen nostalgia’, shoes, and accessories (from £69.00) which excitingly will include three beautifully handcrafted head pieces designed by Laura Cole (below.)
Laura Cole is a London-based milliner, and author of ‘Mostly Millinery,’ and designs hats that I think are particularly similar to the lady herself; stylish, quirky and quintessentially British. Earlier this year, around the same time Laura was busy designing hats for several Royal Wedding guests, I modelled some of her fabulous creations...
Laura Cole shares with The London Chatter some of her fashionable loves and style tips...
My Style In 3 Little Words – Black, Collars and Jewels.
This Season Every Gal Needs – A fab hat!
My British Fashion Icons – Both my Grandmothers (and although not British, the amazing Marchesa Luisa Casati.)
My Favourite Highstreet Store – Oxfam on Marylebone High Street.
My Favourite Boutique – Lassco in Vauxhall for antiques. You never know what you'll find in there - anything from stocking moulds to beautiful door knobs - plus, there is a great cafe.
My Favourite British Designer – Helen Bullock: One To Watch.
At Gunpoint; Bags OR Shoes – Errrrm… Hats!
My First Fashionista Memory – Interning at Alexander McQueen and having a conversation with Andre Leon Talley about hand embroidery (he was wearing his trademark floor length fur coat... It was very surreal.)
My Saturday Night Outfit – My trusty old favorite Charles Anastaste dress; long sleeves and black velvet with devore Skeletons: not just for Halloween!
My Sunday Brunch Outfit – Any short shift, tights and plimsolls.
OMG I Can’t Believe I Wore – My 90's staples: Green checked lumberjack shirt with a red polo neck, teamed with green jeans… It had its moments…
Forget My Last Meal, My Last Outfit Would Be – Anything Lacroix... Sweetie... Lacroix!
My Style Tip – Add a hat!
Above: Laura's wedding, to artist Robert Nicol, was SO perfect and SO Laura...