Designers x Milliners Collaboration at London Fashion Week AW19

What do you get when a creative fashion designer and an artistic milliner collaborate together at London Fashion Week AW19?

 Answer: Fabulous statement outfits to wear to the autumn/winter races.

Steve O Smith x milliner Leo Carlton

Oh yes he has!! SOS has re-imagined the pantomime for the era of farce that we have now found ourselves in. Giving characters to his outfits.

The Revolutionary – this non conformist causes a stylish stir with extreme asymmetric hemline, cutaway shoulder and patchwork pinstripe. Creating an uprising with its large sweeping sides is the matching pinstripe hat.

The Dame – Being fabulously melodramatic is this Harris Tweed tartan suit with its pronounced draped sleeves, wide lapels, cinched in waist and figure hugging pencil skirt. Elongated and tilted to one side, the exaggerated wide brim of the matching tweed hat adds more drama.

Hand woven Banarasi silks used on The Lady padded dress and The Merchant trouser suit have been reversed to show the striking colour and texture of loose threads. The Lady teams her dress with a voluminous hat by Leo Carlton whilst The Merchant goes for a sparkly pink mini top hat adorned with purple ostrich feathers by Mad Little Hatter.

The Banker – saving up for a rainy day is this black PVC coat with draped sleeves and gathered tulle underskirt teamed. Topped with Leo Carlton’s PVC top hat. Cufflinks and dog collar choker not included!

Leo Cartlon:

Mad Little Hatter:

Steve O Smith

Photography: Richard Dowker.

Video of the presentation:

16Arlington x milliner Noel Stewart

With their Italian heritage and London fashion education, Marco Capaldo and Kikka Cavenati’s vision at 16Arlington is a cocktail of lavish glamour and urban cool.

For their debut collection at LFW, 16Arlington looked towards the work of mid-century German-American pop artist Richard Lindner. His paintings offered a rich source of visual inspiration – the pop bright colours are brought to life with Duchess Satins, Swarovski crystals and rich embellishments. 

His paintings sparkle on these long sleeved sequin dresses:  ‘Ice’ on the left and ‘The Street’ on the right.

A tiger stripe suit pays homage to the jacket worn in Lindner’s ‘Rear Window’ lithograph right down to its pink lapel. Teamed with multicoloured ostrich feather broad brimmed hat.

Worn with grey check jacket and matching ankle length pencil skirt is a multi coloured bustier inspired by Lindner’s silkscreen titled ‘Corsage’. Topped with block coloured felt trilby.

Shoes in collaboration with Gina:

Noel Stewart:

16 Arlington:




Matty Bovan x milliner Stephen Jones

The collection is inspired by folklore and myth.

From the Liberty Fabric archives, Matty selected their Tana Lawn pattern, scaling up the tiny graphics to find the wizardry in the colour blend, while turning the collection into an exploration of Englishness.

The quintessential top hat is by Stephen Jones for COACH X Matty Bovan, featuring Coach Signature fabric.

His significant print this season is the unmistakably English dragon shown here in fiery sequins.

Gina for COACH x Matty Bovan footwear also features Coach Signature fabric, as well as GINA for Matty Bovan footwear in cappuccino-coloured stack lace-ups, and the fabric of a thigh boot looking something like a luxurious diesel slick.

Stephen Jones:

Matty Bovan:

Video of the catwalk finale:

Apu Jan

Inspired by and titled ‘The Game of Detection’ the collection pays tribute to the classic detective authors and their characters. Woollen headwear pieces are the designer’s own creations.

Apu Jan creates a woollen deerstalker hat to wear with a mini Sherlock Holmes’ knitted cape and matching skirt. Time is the essence for this mystery, as amongst the checked pattern are pocket watches and digital clocks stopped at 00.13. Keys and keyholes are also on the pattern to help unlock the mystery.

Camouflaged amongst a trouser suit’s striped design lies white silhouettes of cats, pen nibs and jigsaw puzzle pieces with hearts, spades, clubs and diamonds.

The print of the demure long sleeved maxi silk dress has hidden secrets featuring Sherlock Holmes’ deerstalker hat and pipe, playing cards jigsaw puzzle pieces and a mysterious key. Plus the letter A – maybe for Apujan? Who knows? The oversized woollen coolie adds more mystery as half of the wearer’s face is concealed.

Video of the catwalk finale:

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