We are all bananas mental health awareness Campaign Illustration


I recently created this hat illustration in support of the #weRallbananas mental health campaign to encourage young people to talk openly about their problems. It is a great campaign that I just could not ignore because I strongly believe it is time to break the stigma that is associated with mental health, especially for young people when they are feeling vulnerable.  

You too can get involved by posting selfie holding a banana (or two!) with your own advice written on it. You can then post it to your chosen social media using the hashtag #weRallbananas. The hashtag will also put you in touch with other banana selfie pieces of advice and amusing photos. Like the Ice Bucket challenge, you can also nominate friends to get involved. If you’re feeling creative as I was, you are also welcomed to post a doodle, a sketch or a creation.  

If you would like to donate to the campaign you can text ‘MSMD10 £2’ to 70070 and you can find the website here.

The Libertarian is all for the breaking down of boundaries through the mediums of art and design. If you decide to rise to the challenge and get involved, I would love to see what you come up with!



The Tootsie Rollers at Royal Ascot Ladies Day 2015

Following the success of the commissioned hats I made for the Tootsie Rollers to wear to last years Royal Ascot (see here), I was thrilled to work with them again this year. The Tootsie Rollers are a fun all female vocal group with a strong vintage and retro style. Their style is synonymous with the style of the 1940’s and 1950s and Ascot racecourse employs them each year to entertain the racegoers over the five days of Royal Ascot. During Royal Ascot the girls require a total of thirty hats (my kind of girls!) and this year I worked with them to create their hats for the most ultimate day of hat wearing; Royal Ascot Ladies Day.




Earlier in the year they told me about their plans to base the look for each day at Ascot on an iconic vintage film star. For Ladies Day they chose Marilyn Monroe and intended to wear white dresses reminiscent of Marilyn’s famous look. I then set to work designing a set of six hats for the prestigious day, specifically based around hats that Marylyn had worn in the 1950’s. Marilyn is a fabulous style and beauty icon but she is not especially known for donning a hat. After a little research I found some beautiful images of her wearing neat little pill boxes, elegant berets and chic little perchers. All styles that not only met the Tootsie Rollers size requirements but would also contribute to that immaculate feel of 1950’s ladies fashion.       



The Tootsie Rollers usually all wear identical hats, but after a discussion we decided break tradition and opt six different hats. The six hats still needed to work together as a collection so I suggested each hat was made with the same duchess satin, had black accents, was of a similar size, incorporated merry widow veiling and was of course typical of that era.  

I made the suggestion that each hat could include black accents to give the pieces definition as the girls were planning to wear all white. Coincidentally Black and White are of course the traditional colours to wear to the races.

The Tootsie Rollers stylist Joanna Femi-Ola paired the outfits with Lulu Guinness bags, ASOS dresses, Tom Davies Sunglasses, Carat London Jewellery and Cleo B Footwear. 

Above: A Pill Box Hat in production


Above: Lisa wears the finished pill box hat from the above photo with merry widow veiling and black diamantes. 


Above: Flo wears a Duchess satin feathered beret with veiling and rhinestone details. 


Above: Katy wears a very vintage style band fascinator with veiling and diamante detail


Above: Khiley wears a satin pleated beret with diamane jewellery, veiling and Swarovski beads 

Above: Meg wears a black and white polka dot saucer hat with veiling


Above: Anna wears a black and white polka dot pill box hat with merry widow veiling bow featured at the back of the hat


I received fabulous feedback from the girls saying that they were thrilled to receive them, had a wonderful time wearing them and received a lot of compliments throughout the day. 



All of the pieces are now going to be added to The Libertarian’s hire collection. I’ll be making a few tweaks here and there on two of them, but they will be available for you to wear with your own vintage styling! I would love to see what you would wear them with- perhaps little white gloves and tailored pencil skirt suit? I feel a vintage style-off coming on...


The Bunny Beret


Elegant Ears for Easter!

Now available in The Libertarian shop



Win a Flower Crown Earmuff Luxe Warmer

Above: Photo by Sarah Raymond Photography, Model: Danielle Boucher, MUHA: Pins Petals and Powder  


You can win your very own Flower Crown Earmuffs from the Libertarian Luxe Warmer collection over on Facebook  this week. 

They are super cosy and look pretty fabulous on.

To enter all you have to do is "Like" The Libertarian Millinery Facebook page and "share" the competition photo (it has competition writing on it, you can't miss it) with your facebook friends. You can enter as many times as you like and all entries will go into a hat (vintage black top hat obviously) for the winner to be pulled out at random.

Competition closes at 3pm GMT Friday 4th October 2013

If you like the look of the Earmuffs then you'll find the current Luxe Warmer collection in The Libertarian shop here>>> 

Good Luck!!




NE1's Newcastle Fashion Weeks Fashion Front Row Catwalk

Back in May NE1’s Newcastle Fashion Week held its annual Fashion Front Row Catwalk show to showcase North East designers. I work for Fashion Week every year assisting with events management and coordination. Fashion Front Row Catwalk Show is my main responsibility to co-organise with Sandra Tang (Organiser of NFW). For the third year running the event was packed with fashion lovers eager to support local designers.

Every year we purposely choose a variety of designers from casual to evening and from womenswear to menswear. With 19 different designers on the catwalk this was our biggest show to date. 


Above: Francesca Air's collection waiting to be modelled 

Each designer has a three minute section on the catwalk, so the event is a great way to discover what types of creative designers are working in the area or are originally from the north east.

You’ll find a list of all the designers involved with links at the bottom of this post.


Above: This year hair was styled by Sherlocks and make-up artists were provided by Liz Earle & Sisley by John Lewis.

All of the models were provided by Boho Model Agency and the event was hosted by As You Like It in Jesmond, Newcastle.


Above: Metro radio have been a strong part of the event for the past three years. They have helped us raise money for the "Cash for Kids" Chairty and have also provided us with a DJ the past two years. 

Above: The success of the event doesn’t just rely on the designers, we have a strong group of dedicated volunteers that work extremely hard and make sure everything runs smoothly.

Above: A section of the packed venue waiting for the catwalk to begin

Below: My hats on the catwalk!


Above: Myself and Sandra Tang at the end of the night giving ourselves a pat on the back! (Sandra is wearing The Libertarians Black PVC Rose Fascinator) 

Thank you very much to Idene Roozbayani Photography (all images with NFW symbol) and Christopher RD Photography (all images watermarked) for letting me use their images. 


As promised here is the list of all the designers that showed their work on the catwalk. Look them up as their is some great talent in the list and I think most designers also accept private commissions which is always handy to know. 


Theorem- Day to evening womenswear

Ada Menswear-Casual sports menswear

Kayleigh FalcusJewellery and fashion accessories

Brave & The Bold ApparelCasual street wear

Paul James- Sports casual Menswear

Heather Smith- Petite womens day wear

Elizabeth Oliver-Menswear

FRANCESCA AIR- Bespoke day wear

Offspring of Eve- Ladies and menswear with a vintage feel

Suzanne Porter BoutiqueWomens Occasion wear

Hatsnstuff- Occasion Fascinators and Hatinators

BuckleyDay, evening, formal and bridal womenswear

Vintage Princess JewelleryDay to evening Jewellery 

Niche by Nisha Vedhara- Eveningwear 

Christopher Niari- Eveningwear and winter tailoring

Bad KittyEvening and Lingerie corsetry

Rosie Willett DesignsOccasion & bridal headpieces and jewellery

Tallulah LoveLuxury Lingerie



 Happy North East Shopping!





Ascot Ladies Day 2013

A Hat Trick!!

For the third year running my hats have made it into the global press coverage of Royal Ascot Ladies Day. 

It is pretty thrilling to have my designs picked out from the thousands of other millinery creations that can be found on the prestigious day. It is especially exciting as Ascot ladies day is really a celebration of millinery and it's a fantastic opportunity to let my imagination go to town (any excuse to unleash my imagination!). 

I also love that I can share the experience with my friends who always relish wearing something a little outrageous for the day. 

I shall add photos from the previous years in another blog post, but here are my favourite images and press from this year’s Royal Ascot.


Above: My collection of dessert themed Hats

Above: Press getting some snaps of Constance before we enter the Grandstand  

Above: Constance Peach wears the 'Stack of Cakes' hat with Chocolate sponge centre, dribbling icing and strawberries


 Above: This shot of Constance was used in a lot of this years Ascot Ladies Day press coverage


Above: Angela wears pastel hand carved macaroons on a sinamay plate with hand painted porslin china style edges.


 Left to right: Jenny wears a dripping slice of mud cake with spoon on a gold sinamay plate, Charlotte wears a meringue with cream, glittering strawberry and spoon sitting on a smartie hat and Steph wears slices of pastel iced cake perched on the brim of her hat.

Above: Heidi wears pastel Blancmange Fascinator with spoon on a wavy pink sinamay plate.


Above: Georgie wears the Pile of Cakes Hat

Above: I loved the tongue in cheek approach to this gentlemans headwear. He wasn't just trying on someones fascinator; it was part of his outfit.

Above: This very friendly guide dog looked the part with it's own fascinator

Above: My mum and her two friends looking very elegant and wearing Libertarian hats of course! 

Above: Crowd in the Grandstand waiting for the Queen to arrive

Above: The Queen arrives in purple  

Above: This is my favourite shot from the day as it shows an aerial view of my ice cream hat as the queen rides past!



Above: Post racing Band Stand sing a long in the Grandstand. 

...and finally here I am wearing my ice cream hat- hand sculpted and carved ice cream with flake, wafers, sauce and spoon!




All of these hats are now available to hire. I will be adding detailed photos to my hire section soon.


My sweet tooth is now calling... cheerio!




1st Prize in Hat Competition

I am very proud to announce that my entry to the Hatalk Upcycled Hat competition received 1st prize!

The brief for the competition was to create a piece of headwear that incorporated recycled material, so I created this this floral fascinator from Easter egg packaging and a meringue carton.

I was delighted to hear that I had won a weeks stay in Chateau Dumas in the south of France to attend one of their millinery workshops.   

I am fairly bowled over that I received first prize as there were over a hundred entries to the competition from around the world and I almost didn’t send my entry at the last minute as I wasn’t sure it was good enough! You can see all of the other fantastic entries over at Hattalk Social, and there are some truly beatiful pieces.





Image: Chloe C Photography, Model: Constance Peach, MUA: Lydia Pilbrow


Back in 2010 the marvellous Constance Peach commissioned me to make her an "unusual fun hat, with a tropical theme" for an event she was attending.

What is more tropical than cake I thought?

Well I didn't think that actually. Knowing Constance and knowing her love of fashion and the quirky I brainstormed a number of ideas worthy of such a fantastic brief. A slice of cake with tropical flowers was the winner. I even added a real cake fork for the sake of realism.

I was delighted to see that Constance is still wearing the hat, and what a wonderful job Chloe C Photography had done of shooting it with MUA Lydia Pilbrow recently.


Please send more food related commissions my way!!













One of my oldest friends got married last weekend and I had the great honour of holding the Chuppah for the ceremony.  It was the first Jewish wedding ceremony that I had been to and it was so personal with lots of tear-jerking moments that it has become one of my favourites. The great advantage of holding the Chuppah is the fantastic view you get of the ceremony. I got to see the breaking of the glass close up! 

And of course the wedding gave me the perfect excuse to try out one of my new hat blocks!

Here's what I made...





Mazel Tov!

Geometric Cube Sequinned Fascinator


I am currently designing new pieces for my sequinned collection and I have just added this geometric cube fascinator to my online store.

The combination of pale colours and sparkling geometric shapes certainly tick the trend boxes for SS13.

It sits on a discreet silver band which can be disguised with hair.

The fascinator can also be made in alternative colours on request.

Model: Angela Tinkler