Milliners throw hats into ring

Central Leader - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Lo­cal milliners are tak­ing their hats off this Satur­day for a good cause.

Six well-known New Zealand hat de­sign­ers are putting their ex­quis­ite hats and fas­ci­na­tors up for auc­tion at the Hat Tricks Tea Dance be­ing held at the Hil­ton.

The event marks the end of Art­works at the Hil­ton char­ity week.

Funds raised from the auc­tion will go to Va­ri­ety – The Chil­dren’s Char­ity.

Va­ri­ety chief ex­ec­u­tive Lor­raine Tay­lor says a tea dance is a great event to have at the Hil­ton and a hat auc­tion seemed like the per­fect fit.

Hats at the auc­tion from de­sign­ers Kevin Berkhan, Natalie Chan, Ailie Miller, Jo-anne Halls, Ge­of­frey Colquhoun and Kay Find­lay will be mod­elled by Miss World New Zealand con­tes­tants.

Ms Tay­lor says there was an “in­cred­i­ble re­sponse” from all the milliners con­tacted.

“They’re very keen to be in­volved.”

Top milliner Ailie Miller has de­signed hats for more than 30 years and says she is pleased to be con­tribut­ing two of her de­signs.

“It’s great be­cause milliners are the for­got­ten de­sign­ers re­ally.”

The auc­tion will be ac­com­pa­nied by a high tea and a dance demon­stra­tion from Danc­ing With the Stars con­tes­tants Nerida Jantti and Monty Betham.

Va­ri­ety – The Chil­dren’s Char­ity helps sick, dis­ad­van­taged and dis­abled chil­dren around the world.

Guests will also have un­lim­ited en­try to the Art­works at the Hil­ton ex­hi­bi­tion which be­gan on Mon­day and runs un­til Satur­day.

Tick­ets for the Hat Tricks Tea Dance and auc­tion are avail­able for $65 from www. iticket.co.nz.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Hat trick: Two of Ailie Miller’s de­signer hats will be up for auc­tion at the tea dance this Satur­day.

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