The focus of Fashion Week is always on clothes, but fashion does not start below the neck.  As someone who is just getting over my hangup of thinking I look weird in hats, it was fun to attend the SS15 presentation of Gigi Burris Millinery.  It was held at the gorgeous rooftop spot Gallow Green.  The fairy garden atmosphere and streaming sunlight set the tone for the dramatic and pretty Spring Summer 2015 collection.


The oversized brim and crisp white of this hat gave me instant day at the races vibes – perfect for the Kentucky Derby or my next trip to Saratoga Springs with America’s Best Racing.


The hats were presented on both models and stands nestled in the lush greenery in front of the vintage street cars.  The overall effect was a mix of whimsy and sophistication.


The fascinators in particular made me look forward to the next formal outdoor fête – hint, hint engaged friends 😉


There was also some great street style at the event.  This all black look with a mix of textures was a favorite – I am now on the hunt for a long fringed leather belt of my own.  Her barbed veiling was also by Gigi Burris, and combines delicate and dark aesthetics seamlessly.


Famed tastemaker and Neiman Marcus buyer Ken Downing showed up while I was there, and we had a fantastic conversation about the growth of the plus size industry.  “I keep telling designers they need to do plus!” he said, and I of course wholeheartedly agreed.  He is also on the same page as to what curvier women want (“the same fashion as everyone else”), and that there is a market for it.  It was great to hear someone so central to the industry acknowledge this.


I also got a chance to talk with the designer Gigi Burris, who was delightful and modeling her own wares.  Leaving the presentation, I was inspired to incorporate more hats into my looks, and now I have a go-to name for any future millenary needs.

IMG_0130.JPGShop Gigi Burris’ current season here (including the ultimate wide brim felt hat).  Are hats an integral part of your wardrobe?  What is your favorite style?  Let me know below!