Georgie loves this… because Darya is channelling the black widow within wearing this veiled black Panama hat by Noel Stewart for Louise Amstrup's spring/summer 11 collection. What's not to love about this eerie yet classic monochrome picture, perfect for any diva or drama queen: the hat, a fishtail maxi skirt by Rick Owens Lilies and to "top-it-off" some American Apparel for understated elegance. As a grand finale… two very sparkly bangles by Swarovski. Tempted? We are.
London-based Noel Stewart is one of a small selection of international milliners who have taken the best of a traditional upper class favourite and reworked it to become an integral part of contemporary fashion. His keen eye for construction, playful use of materials and appreciation for the dramatic effect of a great statement piece has gained him a loyal customer base and celebrity following. With a collection ranging from ready-to-wear to couture and many design collaborations under his belt, Noel has developed a strong signature style taking inspiration from architecture and contemporary art and adding some London grit to a British classic.
Before taking his Masters at the Royal College of Art, Noel was an apprentice at Dai Rees and at Stephen Jones for Christian Dior Couture. He made his mark when Barney's picked up his first collection in 2003 and is now available worldwide at a selection of stockists. Design collaborations include Roland Mouret, Marios Schwabb, Roksanda Ilincic, Erdem, Hussein Chalayan, Diesel, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta and of course Louise Amstrup. Kiera Knightly, Lilly Allen, Kylie Minogue and Beth Ditto are loyal fans of his work. Both Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue recognized his fervour for stage presence and commissioned him to create the hats worn in their world tours.