Friday, 11 February 2011

hats off to beauty

Shu Pei Qin wearing 'Bibi Yoko' topper
The French historic millinery company Maison Michel was 
founded in Paris in 1936 by hatmaker Auguste Michel 
producing huge straw hats with invisible stitchings that
soon appealed to fashion designers, Pierre Cardin 
was the first to take on board the sewn straw designs 
followed by Yves Saint Laurent, Dior and Givenchy.

Ashley Smith and Tanga Moreau with capuches de pluie 'Lara' on
Anja Rubik and the straw 'Destroy Andre' trilby
Maison Michel worked for the haute couture and prêt-à-porter 
collections of top brands such as Laroche, Lanvin, 
Christian Lacroix, Yohji Yamamoto and Kenzo among many 
others before Chanel took over the company
in 1996: ten years later the first Maison Michel 
Paris distribution collection was launched.

Elena Perminova with 'Opening Ceremony' special 'Chloe' capuche
Lou Doillon wears the  'Opening Ceremony' special 'Lauren' chapeau
Superstar Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel's creative director and head 
designer as well the most experienced fashion photographer 
in town, has been called back to realize a red carpet-inspired 
muster brimming with elegance showcasing expressive 
portrait pictures of the most acclaimed icon-models 
wearing the house's stunning creations.

Dj Leigh Lezark, with 'Opening Ceremony' special 'Grace' serre tête
The brand's spring-summer 2011 collection lookbook coordinated
by art director Laetitia Crahay shows witty bunny and cat ears,
wide-brimmed hats coming straightly from the 70s, amazing 
stone-embellished serre-têtes, metal headbands and perky 
cloches in a very chic parade of must-have headwear pieces.

Frida Gustavsson wears capeline 'Blanche'
Several special hats have been expressly designed for 
Opening Ceremony, the multifaceted environment 
comprising retail spaces, showrooms and galleries 
which is currently featuring established brands and 
young emerging designers garments.
Let our eyes goggling!

Anja Rubik with 'Lauren' chapeau
>all pictures © Karl Lagerfeld for Maison Michel Paris<


  1. Dearest Elisabetta,

    The 'Lauren' chapeau IS special!

    Have a Happy Valentine's weekend and lots of love from Georgia,


  2. Wow! These are nice hats!! I love wearing hats and caps !
    I'd like to design hats someday. :)
    Have a nice weekend,Mikapoka! :D