Misa Harada, The Hat Lady

The highly awaited Autumn Winter 2009 collection for Misa Harada is out now and is set to fly off the shelves.The lady herself, for most of you who may not know her graduated from the Royal College Of Art and was immediately spotted by the Royal appointed milliner Frederick Fox where she stayed for 4 years helping design both his couture and commercial ranges. During this time she also produced hats for the catwalk shows of renowned designers Katharine Hamnett, Owen Gaster and Thierry Mugler.
Her unique style has been commissioned by several well known faces such as the rolling stones, scissor sisters, cinzano and Mac. she actually created Jennifer aniston's wedding veil, hats for the janet jackson "all for you" music video and unknown to many she was behind some of the millinery delights in the sex and the city and Ally McBeal shows. And if that is not enough, she has collaborated with Hermes, Missoni, Reem, Bora Aksu and Yohji Yamamoto.

May i suggest you take the opportunity to view some of her work at the Victoria and Albert museum's exhibition; HATS: AN ANTHOLOGY by Stephen Jones which is on til the 31 May 2009.


LADIES AUTUMN/WINTER COLLECTION 09-10 (ENCHANTED)
This collection sees an evolution by the designer known for her unique use of textile, contrast and craft. The use of various warm fabrics such as moirĂ© woven, speckled or multicoloured Harris tweeds are combined with faux silver fox or unique orang-utan like fur. Grey, black and beige and Misa’s signature multi coloured assemble pallets form this seasons colour.
Winter warming shapes are to embrace any wearer in faux fur berets and the introduction of modern day Cossack styles and turbans . Sharp and structured 30’s style beret and various form of caps are to make the statement for a modern day stylish princess. For a true special occasion, Misa has introduced some enchanting head dress pieces on Alice bands all in romantic use of feathers.


MENS AUTUMN/WINTER COLLECTION 09-10 (Fleurs Du Mal)
Misa Harada’s AW 09/10 collection is darker with colours such as maroon, black and grey meant for characters walking the streets of Jack the Rippers’ grey foggy London.
For the commercial line classic trilby shapes, soft pork pie hats, flat and Gatsby caps are made in grey and black checked wool combined with leather and flocked denim. All accessories such as chess knight and guitar pick pins reflect the rock and roll and Edwardian theme, while studded leather belt invokes connotations of a heritage even darker.
The knit line has been extended with an introduction of herringbone pattern flat caps, Alpaca coquette and chunky rib knit beret and chullo style in smoky shade of grey and brown.


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