I have some stunning bridal headpieces and veils to show you today. They’re perfectly elegant, and I can see vintage brides in particular just absolutely adoring them. They’re designed by Robyn Coles, alumna of the London School of Fashion, former buyer for Armani, Browns, Liberty, and every hat and headpiece is made using traditional millinery techniques with each bead and embellishment sewn by hand. Quality, design, style and beauty.
I asked Robyn a few questions so you could get to know the woman behind the fabulous headwear!
The Reason I Do What I Do
I’ve always been a fan of accessories, but to make something for someone’s head is very intimate and personal: the head and face are usually the first things we see of a person. Also, a hat is often a sign of confidence; you always notice someone in a hat!
The Advice for Choosing Wedding Headwear
Well, there are no rules! Go for something you feel comfortable in and/or something you feel an emotional pull towards. Millinery, as with fashion, ought to be fun, frivolous, but also comfortable. You’ll have to be in it all day and to be uncomfortable shows…
Philip Treacy is just awesome and well deserves his place at the top of the millinery tree! I also like Stella McCartney and Céline as brands because I like that sort of elegant minimalism and cool. Everything inspires my designs. I like floral inspiration, clean lines, but often I’m drawn to colour first. Magazines? Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Tatler, The Sunday Times, and Porter is also rather good.
Never, never, never give up!
The Wishlist Client?
Anyone. It’s an honour to be involved with someone’s special day, whether they’re a VIP international celebrity, or someone for whom formality and bespoke fashion is totally new.
The Business Tips
Being your own boss and starting your own business is REALLY tough. It can be lonely, but go easy on yourself, be realistic about your goals and never stop learning!