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A Guide to Elevated Headwear | Karen Millen x Emily-London

Karen Millen has collaborated with luxury headwear label, Emily-London, to create a collection of unique headpieces. Emily-London specialises in the art of millinery, creating bespoke fascinators and hats. Showcasing both vintage-inspired designs and fashion-forward details, these headpieces make an irresistible investment for the occasion season.

Allow this collection to provide a polished finishing touch to every occasionwear ensemble this season, and discover the key styling tips from Emily Baxendale, founder and creative director of Emily-London.

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An iconic event with a prestigious reputation, the Henley Royal Regatta inspires classic and elegant style. If attending this year, nod to tradition by finishing the ensemble with a boater hat to match the ambience of the event. This monochrome headpiece can easily be paired with a co-ordinating midi dress to create an instantly put-together look. Emily Baxendale highlights her favourite features of this design: “the handmade straw roses add elegance and femininity to the traditional masculine lines of the shape, creating a chic hat to pair effortlessly with a timeless dress or pant suit.”

Monochrome boater hat
Floral Detail Boater Hat


With the much-anticipated race season on the horizon, ensure every sartorial detail is in place. Royal Ascot is undoubtedly one of the highest-regarded horse racing events, bringing with it a formidable dress code. Fascinators may be worn in the Queen Anne and Village Enclosure, however, are not permitted in the Royal Enclosure. For this area, choose a hat or headpiece which measures at least four inches. This statement boater style is detailed with an elegant satin ribbon and makes a magnificent choice for a day at Royal Ascot.

Blue boater hat Karen Millen
Statement Boater


When it comes to wedding guest attire, the style possibilities are vast, although are usually tamed by a designated dress code. For traditional venues, enhance a classic dress or jumpsuit with a timeless headpiece. Choosing a neutral or pastel palette promises to exude effortless sophistication, especially for spring and summer nuptials. Complement the chosen ensemble with a co-ordinating headpiece to create a harmonious look. This asymmetric disc fascinator makes an excellent choice, crafted with an easy-to-wear headband and an undeniably elegant shape.

Karen Millen veil fascinator
Asymmetric Veiled Disc Fascinator


For those who prefer to make a statement in an eye-catching piece, embrace the joyful wedding day ambience in a vibrant, dopamine-inducing hue. Emily Baxendale discusses the versatile colour scheme of the new collection, stating “we’ve built the collection primarily around timeless staples - blacks, naturals, nudes, whites, and then injected this with bold pops of colour for high-octane fashion moments - scarlet, hot pink, acid lime and emerald.”

For jubilant affairs, a bright splash of colour adds a playful twist to traditional ensembles. Style this lime green fascinator with a co-ordinating dress for an impactful ensemble or contrast the electric hue with a pared-back dress.

neon green fascinator karen millen
Asymmetric Veiled Disc Fascinator


Whether leaning towards a minimalist, sleek wedding dress or a glamorous sequin gown, a bridal headband provides an unforgettable finishing touch to the look. Emily Baxendale emphasises the power of accessorising with headwear, stating “with the right shape, you can really transform the formality of an outfit”. This statement headpiece is adorned with spectacular floral pieces, adding a feminine essence to any ensemble, while a birdcage veil creates an element of allure while walking down the aisle.

rose veil fascinator headband karen millen
Veiled Statement Floral Head Band


“Subtle detailing to enhance but not overpower.”

Engagement parties are a time for celebration and unrestricted creativity. From elegant slip dresses to daring tailored pieces, each can be elevated with the right accessories. Featuring a retro-inspired profile and birdcage veil, this headband exudes a luxurious and timeless aesthetic and can be paired with endless ensembles.

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Veiled Sinamay Head Band
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