This weekend I was surprised to receive a phone call from the production team behind the ITV 2 TV programme 'The Only Way is Essex' (also known as TOWIE to its fans). The director was filming a scene in a local Newmarket women's clothes store, The Dressing Room, and asked to feature some of my headpieces. Look out for TOWIE regulars Billie and Lucy trying on some of my hat designs in Wednesday's episode (26 June 2013). Below are a few snaps taken from the day.
"A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armour, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothes and wearing a costume; it's the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it's the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others feel jealous over, and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat". M. Sliter
"The hat is not for the street: it will never be democratized. But there are certain houses that one cannot enter without a hat. And one must always wear a hat when lunching with people whom one does not know well. One appears to one's best advantage." Coco Chanel
"When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me. And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves, And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter." Jenny Joseph
"The hat I was married in, will it do? White, broad, fake flowers in a tiny array. It's old-fashioned, as stylish as a bedbug, but it suits to die in something nostalgic." Anne Sexton