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Millinery to Power The Image

Twelve months has passed and this Milliner still hasn’t been on the Move. 

The confinement, however, has thankfully come to an end as borders open, travel confidence grows and life stirs from our pandemic haze.

While I’ve been fortunate to have spent these past few years in Broome, the seclusion has still had an effect. 

Even with it’s wide open spaces, wilderness and beach, being away from family and friends for so long has been hard, for us all.

I’ve always justified settling on the opposite side of the country to my family by being only a flight away. Who would’ve thought? 

But don’t you worry – like the rest of us, I’ll be making up for lost time. 

The planner is out and this year there’s aeroplane stickers on the board. 

2022 in Broome kicked off with the golden opportunity to showcase by runway, my first collection of millinery for the year. 

Crown Jewels II was three months of creativity – a collection of Mardi Gras show pieces, wearable art, feathers, shimmer and bling; a mix of stage show millinery, creative artistry and race wear for those who like to take it up a trackside notch.  

I was filled with pride as each piece took to the runway and in stark contrast to the poised and silent crowd of New York Fashion Week, the models played to the screaming crowd that lined the outdoor stage beneath our balmy WET season Kimberley sky. The parade was so much fun.

Courtesy of Broome Pride Inc, captured by Laura Gass Photography

This Launch party of the Broome Pride Mardi Gras festival was filled with colour, excitement, glitter and fun. Broome was back! Events were back – and I was so grateful to be part of it all launching a collection as Milliner to the Queens. 

Surge Films Broome captured the energy of the runway with this footage Hats by Felicity Crown Jewels II Runway Show

The Launch party, however, was the first and the last crowd event of the Broome festival to take place. 

As covid continues to creep into the Kimberley the decision was made not to hold the other major events of the Mardi Gras.

As we’ve all learnt to say these past years, – “it is what it is”, and so we pack away the bling and get on with plan B, C or is it down to Z… 

My Crown Jewels II millinery collection is now available for sale on my website – Hats by Felicity Crown Jewels II Millinery Collection

And, bringing forward the next plan – I am thrilled to launch my Millinery for Creative Photoshoot Hire

For all you creative photographers out there, I have curated a collection of my unique millinery for hire, to compliment your next photoshoot – Millinery to power your image.

Whether you are shooting a business promotion for a client or your own creative photography – the Hats by Felicity Millinery Hire collection is offered to photographers Australia wide. 

Click to Millinery Hire for Creative Photography Hats by Felicity Millinery for Creative Photoshoot Hire

With Broome race round next on the Millinery event calendar for me, it’s back to the studio to create my next collection due for release in May.  

Oh, and keep an eye out for the Milliner on the Move – I’m getting back out on the road. 

Click to the footage of the runway show by Surge Films Broome Hats by Felicity Crown Jewels II Runway Show

Enjoy the video and enjoy precious times reconnecting with family and friends.

Cheers & keep smiling

Felicity (Flic)

Hats by Felicity

Milliner on the Move

Release the Crown Jewels – the runway of the Bay

It was after a few beers with my brother, Billy, when the idea came to me. We often have a yarn and a few ales over the phone – living on opposite sides of the Country, it’s how we keep in touch. This particular time he’d mentioned a woman he met who was working with Sydney’s Mardi Gras. She’d been surprised to hear I was a milliner in Broome, and looked up my instagram. 

That was pretty much the conversation – but in my sleep – my never resting, always busy sub-conscious mind came up with a plan, and the next morning I awoke with huge excitement; – I was going to create millinery for Broome’s Mardi Gras – I was going to become the Milliner to the Queens.

Busting to tell my house guest at the time, Margaret, I followed her around the kitchen, as she was still wiping the sleep from her eyes, blurting my Mardi Gras plan that Hats by Felicity would create for rural and regional women, AND Queens.

I was designing creations that day for a few little here I am pieces to enter the industry. I was SO pumped to have realised another outlet for my creative trade. With the demise of race-wear millinery due to covid, I had pivoted into bridal, launching my bridal collection in January, and now it was time to start creating for Mardi Gras.

Previously, when I created for the runway of New York Fashion Week, I was in my absolute creative element, but until now, I hadn’t realised a market for these elaborate creations. I was back in the creative zone that I had experienced for my international shows.

Hats by Felicity – New York Fashion Week SS2017

In it’s 7th year, the Broome Mardi Gras is a week of events bringing our little town together and alive, in what prior to Mardi Gras, was a terribly oppressive time of the year. 

The heat is still here, don’t get me wrong, but now it’s lathered by glitter. 

Broome is blooming in February, – our hotels are filling as the week unveils, the restaurants are booking, the positive economic impact is nothing short of invigorating – there’s literally dozens of events, from story time with children, to makeup with teenagers and the Cabaret, the Dance party, the pool party – bingo, breakfasts, the list goes on. 

Broome is alive – and I am thrilled to be part of the excitement. 

Lucy from Broome Pride, the woman behind the organisation of events, heard I was creating this collection and invited me to showcase at the “Pride Tide” gin launch event, Saturday 13th February. 

The timeframe was the shortest I’d ever created to and for a runway collection, I needed materials – I needed ‘bling’ and the response to my call out was phenomenal – it made my heart sing. Friends, The local Broome Aqua ladies, Sun (Dance) Studios Broome, The Chamber of Commerce and Regional Arts WA filled my studio with bling.

I locked myself away for the short few weeks and created a 24 piece collection that unveiled on the runway of the Roebuck Bay Hotel outdoor venue, as part of the launch of Moontide Distillery’s new gin.

The “Pride Tide” Launch featured the launch of the Hats by Felicity “Crown Jewels,” and I couldn’t be more excited, thankful and proud. 

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better – the local pole dancing troupe were available to model my creations. 

“Can we get out our sass” they asked? “Oh my Lordy yes”, I said.

There was no better way to officially launch as the “Milliner to the Queens,” than with the “Crown Jewels” collection paraded by local models filled with personality and sass, showcasing to a capacity local crowd, at an outdoor venue in Balmy Broome, filled with colour, shimmer, sweat and fun.

Enjoy the footage of the launch and if you know any Mardi Gras Queens, and fun-stars who love to get amongst the February Mardi Gras festivities, share the launch around. My “Crown Jewels” collection is now officially unveiled, launched and available, and there’ll be more glitter to come over the years. 

Photography by Laura Gass Photography | Footage by Lana Reed Productions | Thanks to Moontide Distillery, The Roebuck Bay Hotel and Broome Pride.

Now … It’s time for another beer with Billy

x flic