Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Playful Valentine Hats

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Whether you want to dress up for Valentine’s Day or if you just love adorable hats, check out hey-sailor.com or etsy.com for the most precious toppers you’ll ever see–so unusual and feminine, ripe with coquetry–they are Hey Sailor.

Hey Sailor hats look like something John Galliano would sketch after drinking the tea at a party with Alice and The Mad Hatter, channeled through the mind and eyes of Bay Area milliner Kat Toronto, founder and designer.

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The shrunken designs are so “now” we want one in every style, but are especially smitten with the whimsical Valentine Queen of Hearts Black Satin Mini Topper Hat, shown top, and the Victorian Dapper Dandy Mini Topper, above, both $168.

We love that the hats are handmade from new, vintage and antique materials. All the feathers, veils, sequins and trim are hand sewn and each hat is ultimately unique.

Kat’s curious, fanciful and somewhat gothic creations are inspired by “eighteenth-century fashion illustrations…the decadent and decaying glitz of early 1900s circus sideshows, and the deadly femme fatales of classic film noir,” she stated.

If you want to see these magical miniatures, you can visit Dark Garden in San Francisco, which specializes in custom made unique corsetry and bridal couture.

If you can’t stop by in person, just go to hey-sailor.com or etsy and pick up one of these darling accessories for any haute couture moment.

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