VOGUE 180° Milliner Nerida Winter.
Suspended animation. Ideas in motion. Perhaps a #MannequinChallenge, except that Nerida Winter is literally flying through the air on rigging. OMG! By Alison Veness. Styled by Philippa Moroney. Photographed by Hugh Stewart.
She is in her own private Dalí. A touch Salvador. Surreal, yes sur-really. She is the conjuror of everything imaginative and the designer of a wild kaleidoscope of heavenly hats. See, she can even make them crawl delicately across the studio floor disguised as spiders and make them all dance for us on cue. These hats lead their own lives. They have seen things that some of us can only dream of. Oh, how she has taken us to the races: giddy up, Melbourne! Randwick! Ascot! Everywhere. The highs, the triumphs, the total trip of felt, straw and feathers and all the flights of fantasy steamed, stitched and plumed into a gorgeous reality. Bows and boaters. Bunny ears, ballerina-pretty headbands and berets. She has made us leather birds and lace Minnie Mouse-style ears. Conversation starters. Food for fashion on the field, naturally. She has topped us off quite brilliantly and all with that cheeky smile and passion for creating show-stoppers – the hats that stop a nation. The picture that stops the reader. She is quite a sensation. We would put money on her as she is a sure bet any day. Horses? It’s all about Nerida’s hats.
Nerida Winter wears a Balmain jacket and Moschino dress, worn as shirt, both from Myer. Saint Laurent shoes, from Miss Louise. Her own pants. Hats and headpieces, all Nerida Winter, from Myer.