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Love Hats


Piers Atkinson, the British milliner who has crowned the likes of Anna Dello Russo and Princess Beatrice with his whimsical toppers, has love on his mind. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Atkinson has collaborated with English jewelry house David Morris to create a diamond, ruby, and sapphire Cupid’s arrow hat pin, as well as a heart-shaped pendant for the occasion. Erinn Morris, the jewelry house’s creative director, who crafted the decadent trinkets, told, “I hope women wear these pieces on a daily basis. They’re not so fanciful that they can’t be worn from day to night.” Morris noted that this is one of many collaborations the house has planned in celebration of its 50th anniversary this year.

The one-off pin and pendant (£17,000 each) are both a play off Atkinson’s upcoming Fall collection entitled Oh My! (as in Dorothy’s chant about lions and tigers and bears). The milliner’s new hats (including veiled looks and bow-topped berets), made from ponyhair, suede, velvet, and Mongolian lamb, are inspired by love and wild beasts. “I get so focused on my collections that some of the themes seem to come true. This season, I thought, ‘I know what I’m missing. A bit of love in my life!’ ” he joked. Also, this is the first season Atkinson has produced a range of men’s hats.

Atkinson’s Fall collection will debut February 17 at the British Fashion Council’s Royal Ascot-sponsored Headonism exhibition, curated by Stephen Jones, which features London’s hottest new millinery talents. His collaborative gems, however, will be unveiled at David Morris on Bond Street during their February 14 Valentine’s Day fête. Atkinson mused, “There’s a lot of lonely hearts in big cities like London.”

David Morris, 180 New Bond St., London, 44-20-7499-2200.

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