Cunard collaborates with milliner Stephen Jones OBE
May 30, 2019: Born in Cheshire, Stephen Jones burst on to the London fashion scene during its explosion of street style in the late seventies. By day, he was a student at St Martins; after dark he was one of that era's uncompromising style-blazers at the legendary Blitz nightclub - always crowned with a striking hat of his own idiosyncratic design. Nearly 40 years later, Mr. Jones's era-defining edge continues to attract a celebrity clientele which includes, Rihanna, Tilda Swinton and the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle.
Stephen Jones OBE has now collaborated with luxury British cruise line Cunard to create a stunning millinery masterpiece that has been unveiled on-board Cunard’s magnificent flagship, Queen Mary 2.
“I wanted to design something that was strong and bold - yet elegant and regal, like a crown. The hat is a nod to the beauty of the sea but also the glamour of ocean travel that Cunard epitomises. The look and feel is modern and contemporary and could be for the British Social Season. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the hat being worn at Gold Cup Day, Royal Ascot in a few weeks time,” said Mr Jones.
Mr. Jones has incorporated a variety of materials into the headpiece, mirroring the designer's own preoccupation with creating designs that appeal to fashionable women who are confident in their wardrobe choices. He works for many clients and some of the most legendary fashion houses including Dior and Vivienne Westwood. Mr Jones will headline Cunard’s annual Transatlantic Fashion Week which departs New York on the July 28, arriving in to Southampton seven days later on the August 4, 2019.
The hat will form part of Mr Jones’s glittering runway shows on board. Mr. Jones will also be taking guests through his distinguished career via a series of talks and Q&As. He will be joined during the fashion week by some other celebrated names in fashion including Stuart Weitzman, Hilary Alexander OBE and Lindy Woodhead.