Discover The Royal Ascot Millinery Collective 2017

Fenwick and Royal Ascot have collaborated with eight of the UK’s most exciting milliners to produce an exclusive eight-piece collection: The Royal Ascot Millinery Collective. Join us to meet the milliners and take a closer look at their incredible creations.

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Royal Ascot and Millinery go hand-in-hand, which is why we're thrilled to announce Fenwick is this year's Royal Ascot Official Millinery Sponsor for the second season. The Royal Ascot Millinery Collective provides a platform to celebrate the best of British-based hat designers, featuring individual pieces from a mixture of newcomers and world-renowned milliners, including Jess Collett, Harvy Santos, Lisa Tan and Sophie Beale, alongside Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, Vivien Sheriff and Edwina Ibbotson.

The Royal Ascot Millinery Collective is available exclusively at Fenwick of Bond Street and showcases each milliner's strong relationship with Royal Ascot and their individual brand identity. The contrast between each of the hats is complemented by a dramatic yet elegant colour palette, with each design representing the milliner’s unique handwriting and signature styles.

“We are extremely pleased to be working with eight of Britain’s most exciting milliners who have produced unique and exquisite examples that will inspire racegoers in what to wear this season. It is a pleasure to have Fenwick support the campaign once again as their reputation in millinery is held in the highest regard.”Juliet Slot, Commercial Director, Ascot Racecourse 

The collection gives us the opportunity to work with the brightest millinery talent around the globe, showcasing their extraordinary level of talent and craftsmanship. Take a closer look at each intricate design below, and meet the milliner behind each creation.

 

Philip Treacy

This fabulous red masterpiece belongs to iconic British Milliner, Philip Treacy. Speaking of his design for this season’s Millinery Collective, Tracey says;"I use contemporary influences, be it sculpture, or art, or whatever is going on in the world today. The swirls in the hat are a little adventurous but amplify the personality underneath. It’s both sexy and fun. Perfect for Royal Ascot!”

Philip Treacy Hat, £1500; Eudon Choi Thora Dress, £715; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street.

 

Stephen Jones

This statement piece is a creation of the talented Stephen Jones. With a heart of velvet, the organza and straw ripple details of this hat elegantly glide in motion. Given the name ‘Radiant’-  “as you would be when you’re wearing it!”. 

Stephen Jones Radiant Hat, £2185; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street.

 

Harvy Santos

This striking and bold Nora hat is a creation of Harvey Santos. The inspiration comes from; “a carbonated collision of pop art influences and that certain outburst of crazy joy that comes from a sugar rush”.

This is Santos’ second year as part of the Royal Ascot Millinery Collective, he says “Being part of the Royal Ascot Millinery Collective is such an honour. I get the chance to showcase the fun side of hat wearing, strengthen the millinery industry, plus being with the 'millinery doyens’ like Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy is just marvellous.”

Harvey Santos Nora Hat, £930; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street.

 

Edwina Ibbotson

This beautiful and classic creation comes from Edwina Ibbotson who celebrates her second season as part of the Millinery Collective.

Ibbotson says “A hat is the essential ingredient of Royal Ascot, allowing race goers both male and female, to dress in all their finery. For 2017, I have chosen a beautiful classic hat, featuring simple lines and silhouette. Trimmed in a striped Petersham bow with band. I chose my hat as it is dramatic but eminently wearable while the sand and ivory colours embrace the feel of summer.”

Edwina Ibbotson Hat, £999; PAPER London Top, £195; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street.

 

Lisa Tan

This perfectly pink hat is a creation of Lisa Tan, who celebrates her first year as part of the Millinery Collective. Tan says, “I’ve always been an avid racing fan and long-time Royal Ascot attendee, so it’s an incredible honour and privilege to be involved with the most prestigious racing carnival in the world via the Royal Ascot Millinery Collective."

When asked about her hat, she explains "In keeping with the grandeur and tradition of Royal Ascot, I wanted my design to be something spectacular which could be made with traditional techniques. Created in sinamay straw, the majority of this design was hand-dyed, hand-sculpted and hand-stitched, while the hot fuchsia hue ensures it’s both eye-catching and feminine.”

Lisa Tan Hat, £1260; TOME Dress, £1130; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street.

 

Sophie Beale

This piece by newcomer Sophie Beale, is a unique take on her signature ‘ripple’ style. The inspiration for which “comes from blustery walks along cliffs and feeling the wind through your hair. The colours have been selected to work with the palette of the season and designed to stand out with a metallic flash at Ascot.”

Sophie speaks of her involvement as “an absolute treat, a real honour and we’re very proud to be here. Royal Ascot is one of the most exciting and busy dates in our calendar, so we’re thrilled to be part of the Millinery Collective”.

Sophie Beale Hat, £450; TOME Pink and Grey Jumpsuit, £1305; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street.

 

Vivien Sheriff

Vivien Sheriff joins this season as an established milliner; this bold creation is her first piece for the collective. Speaking of her involvement, Sheriff says “We are thrilled to be a part of the 2017 Royal Ascot Millinery collective to celebrate our passion for hats along with Ascot Racecourse, Fenwick, the race-going public and the talented headwear designers and makers who have also been selected for this prestigious campaign."

Sheriff continues, "our exclusive ‘Golden Haze’ headpiece, signifies the majesty of Royal Ascot with its 24 karat gold leaf foiled feathers as well as the splendor of British millinery symbolized through our statement feathers which are the crowning glory of the piece”.

Vivien Sheriff Golden Haze Hat, £995; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street.

 

Jess Collett

This country-inspired piece is the work of another newcomer to this year’s Millinery Collective, London-based designer, Jess Collett. Speaking of the appointment, Jess says I am delighted to be a part of the Royal Ascot Millinery Collective. Royal Ascot is a unique display of the nation expressing itself through hats – elegant, crazy, playful and stylishly chic – it’s all there to see."

When talking about her piece, the 'La Dolce Vita picture Hat', Collett explains "it's part of a collection inspired by Fellini’s classic and the evocative fashions of modern Cafe Society, SS17 is all about 1960's glamour, the decadence of Bohemia and an unapologetic celebration of the beauty of womanhood. Royal Ascot is the one occasion these days where men and women can really dress up and as long as the tradition stands then millinery will thrive. I am in hat spotting heaven!”.

Jess Collett Hat, £495; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street.

The Royal Ascot Millinery Collective will be available exclusively at Fenwick of Bond Street, Royal Ascot’s Official Millinery Sponsor for the second season, from Thursday 27th April.

Royal Ascot will be held from Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24th June 2017. Tickets start from £37. For further information and to book please visit ascot.co.uk or call 0844 346 3000.

By Ellie Hamilton