Thursday, September 24, 2009


Hold on to your hats!!!! Emilliner is launching a brand new couture collection. Bold shapes, vibrant colors and easy to wear shapes...... dressing your head for fall will be a breeze! Flirtatious, feminine, and elegant these little toppers will be an accessory must for the fashion forward.

For my Indianapolis premiere I have created three unique lines for my label: Bridal, Cocktail, and Derby.

I am currently looking for a venue to hold an Indianpolis trunk show but until then they will be available for purchase through or my site

Stay tuned for more pictures and the official launch!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

Musical inspiration for the day:
Bob Dylan's Leopars-Skin Pill-Box Hat

Well, you look so pretty in it
Honey, can I jump on it sometime?
Yes, I just wanna see
If it's really that expensive kind
You know it balances on your head
Just like a mattress balances
On a bottle of wine
Your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat

Blonde On Blonde 1966

also check out this cool image from brooklyn art project.... wild!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Hats an Anthology by Stephen Jones

So I've re-fallen in love with the Indianapolis Public Library once again. Bless them they've gone and gotten the best hat book out there in years! Tragically unable to cross the pond for London's V&A Museum exhibition sigh.... I have the next best thing, book in hand! If you want to see what a hat should be check out "Hats an Anthology by Stephen Jones". He was the first to bring back the hat as a fashionable piece of art in the 1980s and continues to innovate today. Along with Philip Treacy, Stephen is the king of hats in my book. "Hats an Anthology" is a delightful read with lots of great photos, inspiration and hat history. Along with this killer hat quote from John Galliano:

You shouldn't ask 'why do you wear a hat?' What you really should be asking is 'why are you not?' I can't imagine leaving the house without a hat. How can a look be complete without a hat? From a cap to a full-on fascinator, the hat is the accent the exclamation mark, the finishing note that punctuates the whole look.

I totally agree!  Be sure to check it out (once I've finally decided to stop renewing)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Dress Your Head

Emilliner is excited to announce the opening of  the gallery show "Dress Your Head: An Exhibition of Modern Millinery" at the Art Institute of Indianapolis.

From Sarah Jessica Parker and her vibrant cocktail hats to Aretha’s over the top Inauguration topper, today’s fashionable women are speaking loud and clear: hats are back!

And they’re not your grandmother’s pillbox. Gone are the formalities of the traditional crown and brim. Fresh from across the ocean, Fascinators are the latest British trend to grace the heads of the fashion forward. Other modern, easy to wear shapes make the hat an essential accessory not just special occasion wear. With the fluidity of today’s fashion rules a hat is a chic accessory for everyday.

 Mindful of the great tradition and elegance of millinery’s past, Emily uses new shapes, textures and color to create a truly unique look. From a feathery fascinator to runway couture, this exhibition explores Emilliner’s vision of the modern hat. A hat is an accessory. A disguise. A flirt. A protection. A statement. With today’s anything goes fashion stand out! be confidant! dress your head! 

Exhibit hours at the institute, 3500 Depauw Blvd., are 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The show will run through December 2009.

Emilliner would like to give special thanks:

The Art Institute of Indianapolis, Natalie Swindell and Abby Shaffer

Drew Endicott Photography and Susan Rains

Lodge Design and Nathan Zarse

Designer : Praseth Kong

Hair and Makeup: Kat Sterrett and KaraMia

Models: Laura Avgerinos, Olga Alkhutoua, Erica Turer, and Mariel Greenlee

Saks Fifth Avenue and Kelly Baugh

Lids are back in style

Emilliner in the news!

Check out the Indianapolis Star, Sunday September 20th Style section for a mention of Emilliner's exhibition at the Art Institute of Indianapolis!

Hat Talk

Listening to NPR in the car on the way to the coffee shop this Sunday morning, I was given a moment of inspiration. Click and Clack muse on on the qualities of various headlights. While I find it all mildly amusing wouldn't it be exciting to have a resource for fashion, better yet hats? Fedora vs. Trilby. Sinamay vs. Straw. Thrilling. I must admit to the bias of being a milliner by trade, but I still think its worth a go. We have a "Car Talk" why not a "Hat Talk"?

Although I don't have radio air time at my disposal isn't a blog better yet. New to the blogging world I can't promise consistency but will do my best to provide hat information, resources, and inspiration to the hat fashion community. And it's not your grandmother's hat anymore. Gone are the conventions of crown and brim. No more stuffy shapes or tacky trim. Think fashion forward, youthful and easy to wear. Breaking news of the trendy feather "fascinator" and the mini-cocktail perch.

Well, here's to the hat and all its potential.... be sure to follow emilliner to see where they may go!