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baxterWeddings are like buses, you wait ages for one and then two come along at once (or more!). So far this year four wedding invitations have hit my doormat; my wardrobe hasn’t seen this much ‘special occasion’ action since 2006, the year of six weddings (and my personal record to date!).

….add weddings to Ladies Day at the Races, Spring and Summer garden parties, and (for the lucky few) Wimbledon, and it’s never too early to start planning your killer outfit(s).

Wedding outfits in particular require some serious thought with every detail needing careful consideration – no woman wants to turn up at a wedding in the same outfit as someone else! This is even more important if you have more than one wedding to go to in a year; it’s not always possible to buy a new outfit for every occasion so you want to be able to transform one outfit into many

There is no hard and fast rule for wedding looks, but you can change your look and make your outfit stand-out with stunning occasion accessories; jewellery, scarves, handbags, belts, shoes and head garments are all at our disposal.

MaggieI love hats! I really do, you can change the spirit of an outfit with a hat, and with sumptuous materials and interesting shapes every hat has its own personality.

We’re lucky enough to have one of millinery’s brightest young stars on our doorstep and with an eye for exceptionally out-of-the ordinary headwear Rosie Olivia is, for me, the one to watch.

I first came across Rosie Olivia in 2013 and you may remember her collections featuring in the April 2013 issue of the magazine. Back then she was still based in Liverpool (she grew up in the suburb of Woolton). Fast-forward to today and she now counts Princess Beatrice, the Princess Royal and Pippa Middleton among her clients and operates from a new studio in London’s Belsize Park, her base since moving there from Woolton in June 2014.

Rosie graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Decorative Arts from Nottingham Trent University in 2010, and went on to study millinery at Central St Martins in London. During her millinery training she completed internships with British hat design icons Philip Treacy, Victoria Grant and Stephen Jones. All this experience and exposure to these leading hat makers sealed her fate and she fell head-over-heels in love with millinery.

GizmoRosie went on to receive funding from the Princes Trust to set up her own millinery business leading to the creation of her own brand Rosie Olivia. Rosie Olivia Millinery is a luxury collection of women’s hats and headwear producing two diverse ready-to-wear collections a year; Autumn Winter and Spring Summer.

Use of colour and luxury materials, along with her signature lace trim, result in wearable statement pieces for daywear and formal occasions – a perfect choice for original millinery!

Rosie said: “I travel all over the country to meet with my customers, I love what I do and it is really important to me that the hat is perfect for you.”

Rosie Olivia designer hats are truly distinctive, create a statement and are perfect for all occasions. You can see more of the collections and find out more about bespoke ordering at www.rosieoliviamillinery.com.


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