Top milliners give London landmarks a makeover

Leading British milliners Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy have curated a selection of bespoke headwear for some of London's most iconic statues as part of the London 2012 Festival -- a series of cultural events running alongside the Olympics.

Dubbed Hatwalk, the initiative is a collaboration between the Mayor of London, fashion publication Grazia, BT, and the British Fashion Council, and brings together 21 emerging and established designers to showcase the best of British millinery.

Trafalgar Square's most famous resident Admiral Lord Nelson has got a new hat for the first time in 200 years, with the oldest hatters in London, Lock & Co -- famed for making Nelson's original bicorn hat -- creating an updated version which even comprises an Olympic torch.

Other highlights include a headpiece for British General Sir Henry Havelock by Treacy, who is best known for his catwalk collaborations with Alexander McQueen and design for Princess Beatrice at last year's royal wedding. Meanwhile Jones, who has worked with international fashion houses including Versace and Jean Paul Gaultier, has restyled King George IV with a golden-domed design.

Kicking off July 30, London will be host to Hatwalk for four days. A guide on finding all of the different hats throughout the city can be seen here: http://www.graziadaily.co.uk/hatwalk


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