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July 14 2014

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Gigi Burris’ Head Games

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Gigi Burris' Spring '14 hats

Though scads of new designers enter the ready-to-wear arena every year, it’s rare to come across a promising young milliner, which places Gigi Burris in a creative class of her own. After launching her namesake line in 2009, the New York-based hat maker quickly developed a following (and an impressive list of editorial credits) for her statement-making chapeaux that combine old-world techniques with contemporary finishes. Burris’ latest Spring lineup was inspired by “decayed art deco and the former glory of Miami Beach,” she told Style.com at a preview this week. Those ideas were most evident in pieces like a sculpted buckram sun hat trimmed with ostrich feathers as well as hand-painted turkey plume fascinators and chantilly lace turbans. On the more modern end of the spectrum, she showed edgy, asymmetric leather visors that resembled bird beaks and petite straw bibi featuring clean metallic hardware and the stripped-down spine of a feather. “I try to keep it from seeming too English or mature. My customers aren’t fussy old ladies or Alexander Wang girls, but the look is still downtown,” she said.

Gigi Burris is carried by select retailers including Collete, Kirna Zabete, and the Webster, and sold online at Moda Operandi. For more information, visit gigiburris.com.

Photos: Courtesy of Gigi Burris

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