Well, we’ve see the Royal Wedding come and go and what an occasion! Kate’s mum did the nation proud and looked so elegant and stylish – I feel Kate and her Mum are going to help bring the 'perch' back in vogue.

This style of hat has already become popular with my clients this year. It is a flattering style to wear: it still has the glamour of a full hat, you don’t get ‘hat hair’ and it will even get you into the members' enclosure – the perfect hat really, let's just hope for some perfect summer weather to go with it!

SUMMER PLANS

I’ve been busy these last few months making a Spring–Summer and Autumn–Winter collection for the fashion extravaganza at the Great Yorkshire Show, taking place from 12th to 14th July and held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk      

I’ve designed and made 20 hats for the event, drawing my inspiration from the dramatic Yorkshire coastline. My autumn collection, which was inspired by vintage Paris, will not look out of place at Longchamp and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at the end of the summer. 

I am really looking forward to seeing the Great Yorkshire Show collection come to life on the catwalk especially as the girls from the Morton Gledhill Fashion Team of Huddersfield are all so stunning!

Made the hats. Now have to choose the perfect music for the show – help!! Fashion lovers will be able to see my hats at four catwalk shows running each day at the Great Yorkshire Show, at 11am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4pm.

WORKING WITH THE WEATHER 

I want to show that it is possible to make fabulous hats in this country to fit all our seasons.

Sinamay is great for the height of summer, but the British climate does give us girls a challenge. Unlike our lucky Continental cousins who have the joy of endless hot days, our summers usually involve a few shivers and a few showers. Chattering teeth and champagne have never been a good look!

If you’re lucky you can find a gorgeous wrap to cover chilly shoulders but what about the hats? Everyone knows sinamay is not rain-proof.  Fascinators are a good option, but some racecourses now forbid you from wearing them in the members' enclosures. 

And what with the introduction of the British Champions' Day at Ascot in October, it's not too early to be wondering what to wear for the change of seasons.  

Maybe I can be of assistance? You’re probably already thinking about the need for something more robust for the autumn and that’s where I come in. I am one of the few qualified Milliners in the country who specialises in winter occasion hats. Alongside my recent win at Cheltenham Festival Ladies' Day in March this year, I would be delighted to create for you a hat that is a winner in the fashion stakes!

With the help of a bespoke Milliner you stand a good chance of finding the perfect headwear.  Without, your options are limited. You can wear your fabulous hat, buy a fantastic umbrella, and do what us British girls do best – grin and bear it. OR in the case of the correct choice of hat, simply grin and wear it!

www.suzannegillmillinery.co.uk


ABOUT SUZANNE…

"I qualified with a distinction in HNC Millinery at the Leeds College of Art in July 2010.  I specialise in designing and hand making one-off bespoke hats and headpieces both in classic and contemporary styles, although Winter Fashion  forward pieces is where my passion really lies.

"Before graduating I was offered a commission to design and make a collection of 1940s hats for an exhibition at one of the country's leading tourist attractions. I have also collaborated both locally and nationally with LK Bennett, one of the country's most prestigious fashion brands.

"I have a real passion for my art, and I hope this is conveyed in each individual piece I design and produce. I believe designs that hold true to our British heritage have a strong place in today’s market where customers are seeking providence from the goods they buy.

"I live in Ampleforth on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, an area which is truly inspirational. I live at home with my two daughters. My husband is in the oil industry and travels away from home frequently. We have a soft Labrador called Harry, we enjoy a daily walk on the moors. When I do have time I love riding and make the most of the open moors for a good gallop!!

"I travel to Paris on a regular basis and again this is a huge inspiration to me. The city is so beautiful and I have always had a love of the French fashion houses of Chanel and Dior. I have a love of vintage clothes and I feel this feeds my inspiration."
 
  

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