Mary Franck Millinery is a brand that makes you want to attend as many hat-wearing occasions as possible. And no, that doesn’t have to mean weddings or going to the races. In addition to the elegant headpieces and fascinators, the designer’s diverse range also includes sophisticated beanies, and even spray-painted snap-back caps in a technicolour spectrum – a polished riff on urban style.
Having completed her training at Kensington and Chelsea College just a few years ago, Franck established her brand in 2011 – and Mary Franck Millinery has already attracted the attention of the likes of Italian Vogue. The style bible featured one of MFM’s extravagant headpieces – typical of the designer’s slightly off-kilter aesthetic. A particularly British eccentricity is quintessential to all of MFM’s designs – or as Franck describes it: a style that blends “individuality with wearability”.
Working out of an East London studio, it’s Franck’s surreal designs that are, of course, the most eye-catching. Iced gems and chilli peppers are among the more unusual embellishments, alongside more traditional studs and floral accents. There’s a classically romantic feel to the oversized deep violet blooms adorning pieces from the A/W ’13 collection. Personally? I’m a big fan of the shark fin trilby – it’s just a question of finding an occasion to do the masterpiece justice…
All Mary Franck Millinery hats and headpieces are available to loan or buy. MFM welcomes bespoke commissions. For more information, see the MFM website.