Off to the Races - An Interview with Victoria Grant
Victoria Grant is the quintessential British queen of millinery, known for the drama in her designs and her provocative ideas. Grant dresses the heads of the glitterati and fashion heavyweights, and Coco de Mer has been a home to her creations for years. We caught up with her (in between constant Ascot fittings) to talk 'The Races'.
Today is Ladies Day at Royal Ascot. What trends are you expecting to see this year?
I'd like to see fabulous tailoring, balanced with graphic hats. Strong artistic shapes are always stunning - leave the frills & feathers to Grandma please!
What are your own Ascot essentials?
My Jean-Paul Gaultier structured hour-glass dress matched with one of my Antony Micallef print top hats. Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, and finally an exquisitely engraved hip flask!
Your creations have been housed at Coco de Mer for some years now. Do you have any favourite Coco de Mer memories?
Coco De Mer is my favourite creative playground. I have many a magical memory (and well.... some of them are too naughty to repeat) Getting tangled up with a very sexy client during a Japanese Rope Bondage class was an excellent ice-breaker. We remain very special friends...
Which Coco de Mer products would you use to create an outrageous erotic inspired hat?
Your hats are playful, provocative and dangerously glamorous. What would you style your hats with for an evening of seduction?
Definitely these Belle et Bonbon Bisoux knickers, they're exquisite! Or I would love to be all wrapped up in this divine Coco De Mer Aurora Silk Lace Kimono with a black, Sylph Half Cup Bra underneath.
And finally, do you leave you hat on?
...I'm surprised you even have to ask. Absolutely! I wouldn't answer the door to the postman without one!
Shop Coco de Mer's collection of Victoria Grant hat's here.