Our ‘Film Noir’ Inspired AW17 Shoot!

It was time for Bee Smith Millinery to shoot our Autumn/Winter 2017 pieces ready for their release later on this year.

Bee was heavily inspired by the ‘Film Noir’ era when designing the collection and wanted to show their influence through the pieces and the photoshoot.

The day started with hair and makeup by the amazingly talented Imogen Smart-Steel on our beautiful model Irina Starkova. Once our model was ready, it was time for the shoot to start! We were incredibly lucky to have Paul Mowatt as our photographer who captured the shoot better than we could’ve imagined.

The day went incredibly well and Bee Smith Millinery cannot wait to show you our new collection which will be ready for release at the end of Summer. There are 8 pieces in total with something for everyone!

Here are a few pictures of the AW17 shoot in full swing;

Aside from our exciting Autumn/Winter 17 shoot, our Spring/Summer 17 collection is out now and ready to shop from our website. Alternatively, you can call the studio on 020 8546 9774 to book an appointment.

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A Little Bit of Alice

In anticipation of the release of ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’ on the 27th May 2016, our ever popular tea cup hats as featured below are now available to hire!

Set of Pastel Tea Cup Hats to Hire

Ideal for an Alice in Wonderland themed party, hen parties or even afternoon tea, our hats are available in a multitude of pastel and bright shades. To hire a set of 5 hats for one week will cost £100, or £25 for individual hat hire.

To hire these cups, please contact the studio by phoning 020 8546 9774 or send an email to bee@bee-smith.co.uk.

A Guide to Choosing the Right Hat for a Summer Wedding

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Why is it that the choice of a hat for a wedding strikes terror in the hearts of many of my clients? Some haven’t worn a hat for years and just don’t know where to start. Now that there are seemingly endless options of wedding venues; from the traditional church wedding to stately homes, barns, beaches and more … which hat suits where?

Lets start with some basic rules to help you choose the right hat for you: 

When buying your wedding outfit, try to avoid dressing all in one colour as you will never stand out in a crowd! Your hat can either accentuate the key colour in your outfit or introduce a dramatic new colour to lift your outfit.

If you are Mother of the Bride, make sure you discuss your outfit and hat with Mother of the Groom to compliment each other and the wedding party. Remember, as Mother of the Bride, it is only when you take your hat off at the Reception that other guests are able to de-hat.

Choosing a style of hat to suit your looks:

If you’re tall, you can carry off that big down-turned brim. However, the size of the brim is important! It should never be wider than your shoulders.

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If you’re less than 5’6 in height, an upturned or tilted brim may suit you better.

For those of us who wear glasses, a smaller upturned brim flatters the face well. Tilted brims are very stylish, but they might just partially block your view of the ceremony!

The pillbox hat or beret style hat is a good choice for petite women, the addition of simple quills or tall elegant stemmed feathers allows for added height.

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Frilly Fascinators topped with unnatural coloured fluffy feathers have given this style of hat a bad name, but nothing could be more elegant than a simple cocktail hat with a small embellishment such as crystals. A perfect choice for an outdoor ceremony.

Tips: 

The base colour of your hat should contrast with your hair colour.

Make sure your hat fits well and comfortably, ask your milliner to fit a headband or elastic which will keep your hat firmly in place.

Veiling is a flattering addition but avoid white, which should be reserved for the bride.

Most hats won’t survive rain showers so make sure to carry an umbrella if your attending an outdoor wedding!

To read the full article, pick up a copy of the May edition of Vintage Life Magazine!

 

Christmas at Bee Smith Millinery

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It’s that time of year again where we all take to eating excessive amounts of food, catching up with the family members and friends we only manage to squeeze in around once a year, and of course the time to spend all the money we have on shopping for presents. Christmas is well and truly upon us!

Bee was recently featured in the December issue of Vintage Life magazine, speaking out about what head pieces to wear, and how to wear them around this time of year. This is what gave us the idea to create this blog post, as a helpful read for those still picking a Christmas headpiece.

Whether you’re planning on going for a fun family meal, or going on your works Christmas do, everybody likes to look there best at this time of year. For those who want a bit more than just a Santa hat this year, we would recommend the accessories Bee Smith has to offer from the Autumn/Winter collection which can be found online here.

For those who don’t like to be too outspoken with their head pieces, these hair clips are the perfect add on to a Christmas outfit.

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Green Holly Berry hair clips, Gold Holly hair clips, Silver Mistletoe hair clips, Green Mistletoe hair clips.

 

For those that like to make an entrance however, these head pieces are the perfect way to scream Christmas!

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Gingerbread House Headpiece (Featured in Vintage Life magazine)

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Christmas Pudding Headpiece (Featured in Vintage Life magazine and Mollie Makes)

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Candy Cane Headpiece

For more styles you can browse our website here. For any enquiries contact the studio by phoning 020 8546 9774 or emailing bee@bee-smith.co.uk.

 

Twinwood Festival

Twinwood Festival falls on the 29th, 30th, 31st of September at Twinwood arena Clapham, Bedfordshire.

The vintage music and lifestyle festival is a year round event bringing some interesting styles and of course hats!

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This Twinwood go’er has vintage fashion/accessories down to a T! We love this look, and what a cute hat! The pearl detail adds that glamorous edge, accompanied by sparkly earings to finish the look.

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This Twinwood’er opted for a more boho look
with a beautiful red turban!

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This quirky headpiece is great for the stage,
a real stand out piece!

We must not forget the classic Mr and Miss Vintage Competition! The entries are always a delight to see, here are some of our favourites:

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Last years Miss Vintage entries, all looking fabulous!

Why not grab some vintage outfit inspiration for this years Twinwood?

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Bee Smith Millinery has many vintage hat choices, see some of our sugestions here:

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All hats and headpieces by Bee Smith Millinery are available to order

We are excited to see what hats Twinwood 2015 has to bring!

150 years of Alice In Wonderland

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carrolls childrens book.

150 years on, and Alice In Wonderland is still a character known and loved by many.

A fantasy world still mesmorising children and adults to this day, Alice In Wonderland has so much to offer your imagination. From talking cats, magic cakes, secret doors and mad hatters, whats not to like? This magical world is every child and adults dream.

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The love for the book has brought about many adaptions; including the 2010 Walt Disney Pictures film starring Mia Wasikowsa, Johnny Depp and Helen Bonham Carter to name a few.

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One of Bee Smith Millinery’s best sellers was inspired by Alice In Wonderland and the tea party. Originally the headpiece was made for Bee’s Alice themed birthday party; but after recieving many compliments and it becoming a favourite design of Bee’s, the teacup became an essential piece within her Spring/Summer collection.

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Bee wearing her first ever Alice inspired teacup headpiece at her Alice inspired birthday!
Bee created a bridal version of the teacup headpiece
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Black and White lace teacup headpiece
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This pink teacup was featured in a Ascot inspired photoshoot and is part of the Afternoon Tea Collection
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Bee’s Victoria Sponge headpiece and ice cream headpiece both give off a Alice in Wonderland tea party-esque fee

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Alice in Wonderland  “Drink me, Eat me” headpiece by Bee Smith Millinery

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Flamingo headpiece by Bee Smith Millinery
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A little bit of Alice shines through in several of Bee’s fun designs

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We must not forget the most famous hat within the book, the Mad Hatters top hat! Similar to that of the book, many variations have also been made on the design of the mad hatters top hat throughout the years.

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Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in the 2010 Walt Disney Picture

“You’re entireley bonkers, but i’ll tell you a secret, all the best people are”

Recent Commissions

Bee Smith Millinery can make hats, and headpieces to match you’re outfit, style and individual requirements. Bee has really enjoyed designing and creating some of her most recent commissions, we take a look at the beautiful results!

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This headpiece was created to compliment the outfit on the right; and compliment it does! What a perfect match.

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This headpiece was created for the Mother of The Bride to match her grey trouser suit.

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This floral beauty was created for a countryside summer wedding. The headpiece features two birds, flowers and veiling to compliment the summer theme of the design.

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This hat was created for Mother Of The Bride to match her red dress, camel coat/ with grey velvet detail. It features silk flowers, curled ostrich quills and curled pheasant feathers.

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This stunning veil was created for a bride. The veil is made out of tulle with lace edging and crystal detail.

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The Bride wearing the veil on her wedding day, looking beautiful!

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Underneath the veil, the bride wore this hairpiece by Bee Smith Millinery. This
was created to match the embroidary on her wedding dress.

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This downturned sinamay black brim with feather and beading detail was created for a summer event. You can’t go wrong with monochrome, it works for every occasion; classic and glamorous.

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Flowers, Bumble Bees, Ladybirds and beading; it’s summer on a headpiece. This was created for a wedding guest, the cornflowers on the headpiece match the overall cornflower blue tone
of the guests wedding outfit.

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Another striking headpiece made for a wedding guest. This particular guest pitched her ideas to Bee and Bee, created this as the final design. The Roses where hand painted and embellished with gold crystals.

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A hen on a hat for a hen-party hat! What could make more sense! A very fun design.

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This commission was made for a lady who had 15 summer weddings to attend to! It was made to be fairly neutral in order to match various outfits for the various weddings over the summer period. It features a turquoise arrow feather, a navy quill and beading detail. Elegant and versatile.

Whatever the occasion, the outfit, the style or idea you have in mind; Bee Smith Millinery can make hats or headpiece to suit your needs.

 

Bee Smith Millinery is 5 years old!

After graduating from Winchester school of Art and Design with BA Hons in Fashion Design, Bee interned for various companies including stylist Karl Plewka, designer Sophia Malig, and German design company Felder Felder.

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Bee’s work was featured in the Graduate Fashion Week paper.

Whilst interning at Felder Felder, Bee also started selling the beginnings of her acessories collection at Spitalfields Market, London.

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Next Bee worked for the well known Hardy Amies as an assistant pattern cutter; this then led to her first paid job after graduating. Unfortunately, soon after, Hardy Amies closed up and sold the company. On the bright side, around the same time, Bee was approached on her stand at Spitalfields by a Woman who wanted to buy her hats and sell them in her boutiue in Paddington. Although an exciting offer, with not a huge amount of Millinery experience Bee decided to return to college and improve upon her hat making skills. She attended Kensington and Chelsea College, where she was taught by Noel Stewart the London based milliner with international status. The course was part time for two years, resulting in a BTEC in Millinery which led to her confidence to set up her own company; which has always been a childhood dream of hers.

Bee Smith Millinery started in Fusion Art Studios on 1st July 2010. Her own business, her own space and her own boss; Bee started on her first ever collection, and here it is:

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Bee wanted to create something different! Her first official collection

Bee then bagged herself a contract with Rokit Vintage selling a selection of her hats through their store and online store.

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The Rokit Vintage store, Brick Lane. Bees hats where sold instore and online
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The hats from Bee’s collection sold in Rokit Vintage. All vintage styles of course!

Bee Smith Millinery started to take off, she did anything from quirky fun designs, to matching hats to outfits for clients. Her work has been exhibited all over London in different galleries and sold in pop up shops. Her clients started to build up, with everyone wanting something different; allowing Bee to explore different skills and styles.

Ascot became a big event for Bee, with her commisioning hats for many different clients.

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Bee(right) attends Royal Ascot 2013 with a friend, both wearing original Bee Smith Millinery designs
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Bee attends Epsom Races in her Sushi inspired hat!

Here we look at some of Bee’s most recent commisions for Royal Ascot 2015:

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Bee commisioned hats for vintage girl band The Tootsie Rollers for day one and two of Royal Ascot 2015.
Day ones hats where inspired by Audrey Hepburn and the doves in classic film ‘Funny Face’ and day two where inspired by ‘Singin In The Rain’.

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One commision that Bee is very proud and honoured to have been able to design and make; was a hat for this lady, receiving an OBE from Prince William.

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An elegant design by Bee Smith Millinery

Here are a few of Bee’s favourite hats from over the years:

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Bread on your head! Why not?!
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Leopard print present headpiece, for a bit of festive fun!
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This is one of Bees first ever creations from Millinery college
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Moustache hats!
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Blue Bird headpiece by Bee Smith
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A bridal hairpiece created by Bee Smith Millinery
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Bee created a ‘Greek myth’ inspired headpiece with Pomegranates on for this performer at The International Youth Arts Festival
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Bee Smith Millinery featured in BRIDES magazine

Thank you for supporting Bee Smith Millinery over the past five years; we look forward to the next five years and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.

Happy 5th Birthday Bee Smith Millinery!! Congratulations!

Ladies Day at Royal Ascot; Our Favourite Hats

This post takes a look at our favourite hats from Ladies day at Royal Ascot, 18th June.

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As ever, the Queen looked lovely at Ladies day wearing a delicate shade of blue.

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Proving she too has stylish genes; Princess Beatrice stunned in a colour block hat.
We love this look!

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Princess Eugenie attends ladies day wearing a hat by Nerida Fraiman

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Even guidedog Zoey got involved with the Ascot dresscode!
And didnt she look fabulous?!

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The Tootsie Rollers took inspiration from Hollywoods first lady, Marilyn Monroe. Looking glamorous as always!

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These racegoers opted for bold, colourful designs. Very eyecatching!

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Model/designer Tatiana chose a beautiful red rose headpiece with veiling and diamante detail
at the back. An interesting design working very well against her simple yet elegant white outfit.

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Singer Stacey Jackson wore an original design by Bee Smith Millinery.

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One of Bee’s favourite commissions for Ascot, was this headpiece. It was inspired
by the racegoers love of all things Bumble Bee!

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Gorgeous in white! We love this racegoers choice of hat.

Ladies day once again showed some excellent hats! We eagerley await the fashions the final day of Ascot 2015 has to bring tomorrow!