Saturday, April 24, 2010

Marie Claire does Wonderland

Some of these shoots get by me, and I don't get them up to you quickly. Forgive me, as I'm just one little girl.
Marie Claire did a "Wonderland" photo shoot, with contemporary fashion. Slightly Lori Goldstein old school in the look, but new to all of this generation, to be sure. We've been on the pages of Marie Claire frequently this year, and we love the new format.
Here's just one of several shots of Mia in this shoot.......check the link below for the entire story.
Use your imagination, and put looks together , high and low, casual and sparkly. don't let it all be Madonna-in-the-'80's, though......makd it your own, and bring a hat into the picture.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Hot on the Wire!


Rebecca Romijn wears exclusive GREY GOOSE® Kentucky Derby Hat to benefit diabetes research

MIAMIGREY GOOSE®, the “World’s Best Tasting Vodka,” joins forces with renowned couture milliner, Ellen Christine, to create a one-of-a-kind hat to be worn exclusively at the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 1st at Churchill Downs.

Actress and model Rebecca Romijn will lend support by donning the custom-designed hat at the prestigious race. Best known for her roles as Mystique in the X-men movies and Alexis Meade in Ugly Betty, California native Rebecca Romijn, along with designer Ellen Christine, will autograph the exclusive hat and auction it on the Clothes Off Our Back website ( from May 1st through May 20th. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit The Barnstable-Brown Foundation to support diabetes research.

Beginning May 2nd, a collection of hats inspired by the original will also be available for retail at Ellen Christine Millinery for $465. 25% of the proceeds will support The Barnstable-Brown Foundation. The store is located at 255 West 18th Street in New York City. (212) 242-2457.

“The Kentucky Derby is considered the most prestigious horse race in the world and therefore a very important event for GREY GOOSE Vodka,” commented Shane M. Graber, vice president and brand managing director, GREY GOOSE Vodka. “We are proud to have Ms. Romijn–a woman with such presence, style, and elegance—working with the GREY GOOSE brand on such an exciting charitable endeavor.”

“I’m honored to wear the one-of-a-kind GREY GOOSE designer hat to the Kentucky Derby this season. Being able to support such an important cause and enjoy a fantastic day at the races is truly exciting,” remarked Romijn.

Critically acclaimed designer, Ellen Christine, is excited to bring her brilliant designs and inspiration to the creation of the GREY GOOSE hat for a good cause.

“We are designing a sophisticated picture hat for Rebecca that will complement her exquisite bone structure. The hat, made with horsehair and organic fibers in shades of white with hints of blue, will perfectly showcase the GREY GOOSE aesthetic,” said Ellen Christine.

In addition to the auction of the designer hat, Derby fans (21+) can enjoy the Run for the Roses cocktail which is the official GREY GOOSE Vodka cocktail served at the Kentucky Derby for the sixth year running. GREY GOOSE Run for the Roses is a refreshing alternative to the Mint Julep as well as a tasty libation to serve guests at any Kentucky Derby celebration.

Your browser may not support display of this image. GREY GOOSE® Run for the Roses

Monday, April 19, 2010

Vogue May 2010

The flapper has always been the most popular hat silhouette in the shop: a little cloche, summer or winter, goes a long way in a girl's wardrobe.
Vogue has featured our hats in two very important 1920's stories: one, the September 2007 issue, shot at Le Cercle Rouge, here in Manhattan, and shown in the documentary about that very issue. "The September Issue", as a film, shows the public at large all that's involved in the realworld of behind the scenes . Backstage has been popularized by film and tv shows, but the real deal has no comparison.
In the May issue, Vogue leads the American woman through her own icons, history, and imagery. In a story shot by David Sims, the Flapper is an archetype, celebrating feminity and feminism.
By the way, this issue covers the new show at the Costume Institute, which "charts the development of an all-American style identity".
It's a heck of an issue, and once again, thank you, Vogue, for including Ellen Christine in it.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sigh. The baseball cap is the bane of milliners everywhere. The powers that be make trillions of them per annum, and America has grown accustomed to popping that little thing on their noggins, and sallying forth. Not to play ball, by the way.
When I heard that Disney was supporting a hat program, I got excited. It didn't last long. But it's a hat, or sorta, I say to myself.

Disney is supporting Earth Day by giving away a ball cap with every 6 plastic bottles you return to one of their stores. Oh, and the ballcap is made from 6 recycled bottles. Recycling!
The sword is double edged, but they're trying. Recycle those plastic bottles, to be sure, but please don't expect me to put them on my very expensive hair. What happens if my highlights turn green, or something? And my cancer patients prefer something organic, like silk, or cotton, on their heads. But America is not to be deterred. Not yet.
If we continue on our mission to get real hats out there, we may prevail. May God make it happen in my lifetime.
Here's the link to the Disney site:

Now, to get Disney behind a real project: making hats in America again.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Weddings, weddings, brides, brides

Newly featured in :

Ellen Christine loves our brides. We do everything from hair combs to cathedral veils, and we often use our archival ingredients to make the perfect one-of-a-kind piece for the blushing beauty. Something old, we got it, something new, we got that, too.
thank you New York Magazine!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bunny reporter here:
empire State Building? check.
plastic eggs on "hats"? check
King Tut? check

Ah, yes, the annual Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue. What would life be without Halloween in the Spring? As a person, I appreciate the fun, the participation, the joyful expression of hot- glued fantasy that people find the need to wear. As a milliner, I'm still in shock. Try as we might, the Milliners Guild is forging ahead, and beating a path through the throngs of stuffed bunnies, and overgrown shrubs. On top of heads. Out to restore class and dressing to the idea of Easter on the Avenue, we represent a tiny niche of people interested in hats on a real deal basis. Not for play, only, but for every day , in every way, for every body. The joy of a great hat cannot be topped by a bag of Easter grass glued to a paper plate. Right?
Remember the movie, with Judy and Fred? Elegance reigned on Fifth Avenue in the 19th Century, and for those of you who know your history, it continued until the Great War. The lapse in celebretory activities on Easter Sunday didn't foment the tradition of wearing your Sunday best to show off, though. Instead, it returned as the Lost Bunny Nightmare, and spawned dozens of happy folk come to view the crazy people in the wierd, not the wonderful, as hats. If only tim Burton would direct it, it might come out okay. Instead, our little band of milliners march steadfastly from St. Patrick's Cathedral to the Park, stopped at every turn by oohs and ahs as photographers snap us and people cast a jealous eye upon our delightfully chic chapeaux.
Doesn't it just make you want to put on a hat?