It's been a long time folks, the blog is dusty and frankly the "smell" is fusty and not enough of hats...
I think we are needing a refresh, something new, exciting, more hats, a new look maybe? Perhaps it'll get spiffy re-design today in this little burst of activity I'm having. I'm sorry for the neglect little blog, I'm a bad parent. I'll buy you new clothes to make up for it... promise.
Anyway, I was really struggling to think of how to make this big re-entry and what to feature. What have I missed in the world of hats whilst I was taking up my spare time in making them, often rather badly? I have no idea, I was on a journey of self-centred introversion, only concerned with my own creations of which I am largely too embarrassed to show here, so where do I start now? There was racing, and fashion weeks, more Royals in "eye catching" pieces, Lady Gaga doing something, new milliners, old milliners... But where do I commence?
And then it came to me in the form of a Facebook feed... I was just giving the (also rather neglected) "I Smell a Hat" Facebook page some attention, when I came across a picture of THIS on the Hat Supply feed. Yes THIS! Isn't it amazing?!!! It is the work of one Serge Lutens. I don't even know if it's a hat, but it's on a head so it will do for now. And on further investigation, I'm not sure what constitutes "the work"; the picture, the make-up or the headwear, the man is one of those multi-talented kinds!
So here's the bit about Serge: As per Wikipedia's prologue Serge Lutens "(born 14 March 1942, in Lille, France) is a French photographer, filmmaker, hair stylist, perfume art-director and fashion designer... most well know for his art direction and photography for Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido in the 1980s."
You see the potential confusion.
But I'm down with photography, the 80's, hats, film, fashion, make-up and I guess I prefer to smell good, so Serge ticks some decent boxes here, irrespective of whether it is the hat, the picture, the styling, the make-up, or all of the above that is "the work"
There are also some other amazing pictures combining the art of photography and hats accredited to Serge on the web, so I thought I'd share with you some more of these visual after dinner mints. I believe they all largely come from the work he did with Shiseido. Beautiful: