Modular Millinery

Justin Smith Esquire

Written by Sabrina Morrison

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The Autumn/Winter ‘09 catwalk circuit is coming to a close as editors and buyers steer their weary heels back to the comforts of their own cities to convene, consider and begin the distillation of this fall’s hottest runway looks. Designers are taking a heaving breath before diving under another (hopeful) tidal wave of production orders. Milliner J. Smith Esquire is hard at work right now making toppings for the têtes of ladies flanking both sides of the UK and well beyond. His spring collection Kaleidoscope is a cluster of delicate net headpieces that are completely interchangeable and utterly beguiling.

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While creative director at Toni & Guy, J. Smith Esquire (how regal!) began exploring an understandably tangential interest in millinery. Several awards, including an i-D styling award and an MA in millinery from Royal College of Art, this multi talent is now showing his fourth independent collection, inspired by the myriad possibilities of a kaleidoscope. What girl doesn’t love options?! Some of the intricate orbs and bows have managed to capture their own little objects and others allow you the temporary frivolity of glossy spherical pigtails.

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One Response to “Modular Millinery”

  1. I’ve always loved Justin’s work, complete genius. I was lucky enough to catch his grad show at the RCA, and the highlights were an enormous stove pipe, technically brillant, and the well developed semi-transparent morning top-hat. Amazing!

    Glad to see he’s going from strength to strength, and who doesn’t love a piece of art on your head that can be changed.

    Keep up the good work Justin,
    Big Fan,
    Sarah McGahon.

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