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HOW DRAMATIC IS THE GILT?

Sydney-based designer Suzy O'Rourke creates one-of-a-kind hats, all handcrafted and as flamboyant as an artwork. Inspired by a specific theme in the production process of each collection, the latest series of hats for Fall/Winter 2012 is called "Gilt," resonating with the color scheme dominating the pieces. Besides her couture line, Suzy O'Rourke creates hats for daytime; rebelliously reviving the cult of the headgear, unfairly underestimated through the recent decades.

The elaborate designs of O'Rourke, especially the couture pieces, are highly dramatic and impressive; having a sculptural figure without any exception. After all, who said only shoes and bags have to be an obsession? Frequently ornamenting the pieces in her couture collections with precious materials like gold, the Australian designer manages to create a whole new identity for the hats, stuck in somewhere between a sculpture and jewelry, the hats of O'Rourke can as well become the ultimate object of desire.



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