Hats off to Felicity

Peninsula milliner Felicity Northeast specialises in creating elegant, bespoke headpieces for a Spring Racing Carnival to remember.  We spoke with Felicity about her spring 2016 collection and tips and trends for the season ahead.

Should we be wearing hats or fascinators this year?
Go with your style; wear a headpiece that reflects your personality and you feel comfortable in.  This year we are seeing headbands and crowns, which would be perfect for those starting to wear headpieces and the young racegoer.

What colours are on trend this year?
Black and white will be popular and will be frequently seen in bold geometric designs. Colours will vary from all tones of blue and sorbet, shades of pinks, nudes, lemon and mint to the brightest of colours.  

Where have you drawn inspiration from?
My main sources of inspiration are the materials themselves.  I love discovering how different textures and colour combinations can totally change the feel of a piece. This year I have also drawn inspiration from repetitive geometric patterns in wallpaper, furnishing materials and architecture, especially staircases.

Are flowers in trend this season?
Flowers rarely go out of trend but their shapes and styles can change with time. This season we are seeing more structured petals and leaves that complement the shapes within the headpiece.  

What is your proudest moment as a milliner?
When a client sends me a thankyou note or picture, it really puts a smile on my face.

What do you love about living and working on the Peninsula?
Besides being a great place to live, I have a wide diversity of wonderful clients, from those working in the industry, trainers, owners, Fashion on the Field contestants (Mornington Peninsula ladies do exceptionally well) to those going to the races for work or fun.

STOP PRESS: Felicity has just been named the winner of the 2016 Millinery Association of Australia Design Award.  Well done, Felicity!