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Monday, 11 May 2009

Hats off to Philip Treacy - British Eccentricity Continues...

Philip Treacy Pictures, Images and Photos

For French Fancy's sanity and sake, please know that this English Eccentric was carefully selected from the boggy-bloggy-marsh-mind belonging to la Fhina, with a number of the worms and words being suggested by my Goddess, La Wiki... I bow to her and her followers - The sane ones, mainly!

'Philip Treacy (born 26 May 1967) is one of the world's foremost hat designers or milliners.

Alexander McQueen/ Philip Treacy Pictures, Images and Photos

Born near Ballinasloe in County Galway, Ireland, Treacy was brought up with seven brothers and one sister. He studied fashion at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.

'Philip is now based in London and has designed hats for Alexander McQueen's white 'Haute Couture' collection at Givenchy in Paris and for Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. He has been awarded the title of British Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards on five occasions during the early 1990s.

Philip Treacy Pictures, Images and Photos

'In 2005 he was commissioned to design hats for the wedding of the Prince of Wales to the Duchess of Cornwall. The year 2005 also saw the culmination of his work as Design Director for The G Hotel in Galway City, the flagship of the Monogram Hotel Group.

Isabella Blow - Philip Treacy Pictures, Images and Photos

'On 16 February 2006, he launched the collaborative collection 'Philip Treacy for Umbro' at The Royal Horticultural Hall during London Fashion Week.

The collection promised to surprise and excite fashion and sports industries, but proved unsuccessful and lasted only one season. The launch featured modelling from Jasmine Guinness, Erin O’Connor, Grace Jones and appearances from Michael Owen and Tara Palmer -Tompkinson".

boy george Pictures, Images and Photos

Boy George is a famous fan of Treacy's, although whether he's able to wear the designer's wares in his current abode in Wormwood Scrubs is anyone's guess...

Treacy also designed the infamous peacock hat that Sarah Jessica Parker wore to the London premiere of 'Sex and the City'

What I like about Treacy is that his work is distinctive and recognisable. I love how Treacy's hats enhance the look and the self-image of the wearer...They take nothing away...

Magritte Pictures, Images and Photos

Treacy's hats do not wear the person who's wearing them, if you know what I mean, as so many hats do... Wearing the wrong hat can put the wearer back into the shadow, and they often fail to live up to the hat...

And as la Fhina is fond of saying, mes bloggy biscuit-barrels, if the hat fits... Wear it proud, my dahlinks!

GRACE JONES Pictures, Images and Photos


Designer Studio said...


The latest fashion trend in apparels today is the skinny jeans that give you a lean look. However, if you are unable to get into those, you would also be happy to put on those wide legged pants or trousers that are also hot with the fashionistas. When worn with a short narrow top and a slim fit jacket along with high heel shoes, this combination would look cool and give you that much longed for lean look.

Try it out this season!

Michelle said...

Lady you rock my world with each and every post!!

HAVE a sensational week my love!

Suldog said...

Well, I'm sorry, but as a man I find most women's hats daft. Of course, we do enough daft things on our own, so I shouldn't cast stones, but still.

shabby girl said...

What I really love about them is that Treacy's hats are designed with total abandon! I think I'll take a bit of the sky and wind it up here, and a tree limb and weave it through! Anything goes, and does!
Somehow reminds me of you, Ms. Fhina!

Reasons to be Cheerful 1,2,3 said...

Boy George is in Wormwood Scrubs?! Did I miss something?

I wish I could wear hats but I look really naff in them..although I've never tried a bowler hat...maybe I should, I could be eccentric after all?

Artist Unplugged said...

I remember the hats that Camilla wore at the wedding, one was particular, uh, er, let's say, different. Interesting post....hope you are doing well my lady.

French Fancy said...

Sorry - I didn't mean to sound so dictatorial but at least I deleted them (they were for your eyes only). As for PT's hats - how great they are and how wonderful to have the sort of lifestyle where you could wear them and only be looked at in admiration - round here they would put me in the mental hospital


Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Well as a Brit' I can confirm we love our hats and use any excuse to don one. When I left England I sold the few I had, which included a large designer one, as I knew I'd never need them in Okieland!

Philip Treacy is truly a genius though.

Carol and Chris said...

I adore Philip Treacy's hats....they are just gorgeous!!

C x

Jewels said...

Wouldn't want to wear those on a windy day...

blognut said...

I totally missed your blog the last few days and I'm dragging my miserable self back into the blog world now because... why not?

I just stole the picture of Boy George and I'm making it into my computer wallpaper because that picture just makes me smile.

Love to you, Lady Fhina. XO

Derrick said...

Hi Fhina,

We have a milliner friend and I always wonder at the apparently insubstantial materials that go to make such a substantial presence!

Lola said...

I love hats, I absolutely own too many. I wear them well and have gathered somewhat of a collection. Hats and sunglasses...

I love the posh feathered one in black and white. Très chic.

I miss you, ma cherie pillbox. Ciao

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

I was lucky enough to meet Issy and Treacy at Tullie house when we exhibited the fab exhibition..
Blow had just come out of the Priory and want expected but she was great. I loved the exhibition ...so hard to explain...they both signed a book and philip drew on it for me...

here is a slide I made up as a tribute when she died and a post on my fashion blog..


carma said...

Grace Jones is one of a kind. I admire her spunk. And I also admire funky hats. Did you see that Boy George is now out of the slammer and looking better than he has in a long time?

Carolina said...

Oh yes, to have the lifestyle that enables you to wear those wonderful hats...*sigh*
Somehow mucking out the stables doesn't seem the right occasion ;-)

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Designer Studio: Thank you, so - Most interesting! I am defo up for the wide-legged pants! Mwah, beauties!

Michelle: Bless you come rain or come shine, come summer or winter, dearest darling Michelle! My week tired me out, hence me getting around so late to commenting back to you, sweetie, I am so, so sorry... x0x

Suldog: ...And your fine views on men's hats are what, Sir? They can be very functional, I know... x

shabby girl: I think you are very astute and wonderfully creative, non, Shabstress! Merci, thank you! xxooxx

Reasons to be Cheerful 1,2,3: He just came out of Pentonville Prison this week, my lovely Jo - I think you've probably noticed all the footage of that in the media now... I did not know he was getting out around the time of this blog, but I felt sad he was en prison, 'tis true... xox

Artist Unplugged: I know, her wedding hat looked too close to her hair colouring for my liking - It just looked a little messy to me, I must admit... xxooxx

French Fancy: No problemo, my sweet Fancy! xox

Brit' Gal Sarah: We do love our hats, it is true... When I was thinner I did wear them more, and in summer and when abroad I always wear one, otherwise the skin of my head where my hair is parted burns like buggery! x0x

Carol and Chris@ ;) x

Jewels: True! :) x

blognut: I am glad you came back to me, darling Bloggus Nuttus - I love you more than all the hazelnuts in the world!

I am pleased I found you a pic of lovely George that you like and that which has made you smile, my lovely! xxooxx

Derrick: I always wondered about the kind of skills one would need to be a milliner - It's such a wonderful skill to have, n'est-ce pas?! x

Lola: One can never have too many hats, bags or scarves, as Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous (TV Comedy) once said! I'll bet you look gorgeous in all of them, my dear sweet Lola! Thank you for missing me, and I am very sorry - I shall be over and catching up with all your adventures and wonderful recipes tres soon - I promise - and I will devour all I have missed like a large and very fabulous choccie truffle! xox

Fat, frumpy and fifty: I know you'd mentioned that before, Saz - What a treat! And your clips are very lovely, and such a fitting tribute to Isabella - Here is the link to it again... http://www.slide.com/r/grOkvgFF2D8ZGHwGbXLC88c_1KiEJYEM?previous_view=TICKER&previous_action=TICKER_ITEM_CLICK&ciid=72057594212813919


I enjoyed it so, Saz, merci millefois! xxooxx

carma: She was more than fabulous, it would be very fair to say, my dear stylish Carma! Imagine a hat festooned with cheeseballs! xox
And George did look wonderful on his exit from prison, 'tis true - I hope he stays out of trouble and gets back to the fabulous things he does best... I miss him as an artist, but know he's very popular as a DJ... x

Carolina: I know, as if! And mucking out stables? The horses will probably nibble the hats out of all recognition, non?! xox

Something I wrote earlier...

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