Tuesday, August 26, 2008
FANTASTIC FASHION - JUSTIN SMITH BESPOKE MILLINERY
Dance With Me images courtesy of Justin Smith Esquire
Justin Smith Gentlemen Images courtesy of Justin Smith
Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy aren't the only milliners of note in London. There's a young upstart named Justin Smith who name is on the lips of fashionistas all throughout the city.
Smith was born in Exeter in 1978 and spent 5 years as a hairdresser at Toni & Guy, eventually becoming Creative Director. He wound up opening his own hair salon named "And People Like Us". This artistic talent progressed into entering a millinery course in 2005 and a MA degree from the Royal College of Art in 2007.
His graduation collection earned him high marks and critical praise. He has since won awards such as -British Fashion Council : New Generation sponsorship, International Talent Support 6 : Maria Luisa Award, i-D Styling award, Hat Designer Of The Year 2007 : second prize and Hat Designer Of The Year 2006 : first prize.
Smith will be expanding his brand with a lower priced collection as well as a complete men's range called Mr. Smith.
Here is a video clip from his interview with Jessica Michaul for the International Herald Tribune. Video clip courtesy of Justin Smith and I.H.T.
Here is a video clip of the catwalk show from the "Dance With Me" collection.
Here is a video clip of his collection for the A/W 08 Deryck Walker Collection. Video clip courtesy of Justin Smith and Deryck Walker.