I was invited to the first of the Istituto Marangoni's In Conversation With events. Jessica Bumpus interviewed the radical milliner Stephen Jones about his career highlights and how he came to be one of the fashion world's most innovative and exciting milliners. He was wonderfully frank and erudite, revealing snippets of his college life at St Martins and his career working with the likes of John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood and Rei Kawakubo.
He surprised Jessica by bringing along not one but two Stephen Jones creations for her to wear during the interview. The first was a joyful Jodie Harsh hat - Jodie was sitting atop a pink record. Half way through the evening, Stephen switched Jessica's headwear to a sculptural red number which was a perfect match for her red platforms. You can see both hats here. Oh, and special mention has to go to Stephen's marvellous vintage Chanel cap