Milliner-to-the-stars Stephen Jones was spotted arriving at Pippa Middleton’s house on Thursday (Apr. 6), alongside mother of the bride-to-be, Carole. The go-to man when it comes to flamboyant, fashion-forward hats, Mr. Jones has designed beguiling headwear for an array of stylish women including Madonna, Kate Moss and Beyoncé, and has worked with industry greats from Vivienne Westwood to Marc Jacobs. It looks very likely that he will be crafting an eye-catching piece for Carole to wear on the day of her daughter’s wedding.
In February 2010, Stephen was awarded an Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and he has since been called upon to design hats for royals including Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice. For the Jubilee Pageant in June 2012 Princess Beatrice donned a sophisticated dove grey and peach design by the Cheshire-born milliner, while her sister turned heads in a black creation with a vibrant coral-hued adornment.
Famed for his statement-making designs, the British hat maker launched an accessories collection in collaboration with British department store, Debenhams in 2013. The 27-piece capsule edit saw fabulous hats and fascinators mingle alongside colourful occasion-ready handbags. The milliner adores experimenting with shape and texture and has worked on exciting films such as Sex and the City 2.
Pippa and her fiancé James are tying the knot on Saturday 20th May at St Marks’ Church in Berkshire. Though there are bound to be countless high fashion figures playing a part in the couple’s big day, Stephen Jones being one of them, they have kept completely schtum on the topic of the wedding dress.
Pippa has consulted some of London’s most highly regarded designers, though Giles Deacon is tipped to be the favourite after he was spotted with the bride-to-be and her mother Carole last year. Jenny Packham, a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, and Victoria Beckham, are also thought to have been considered.
With just over a month to go ‘til the wedding, we cannot wait for all to be revealed...
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