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    Milliner Eugenia Kim creates a DIY book for the just right hat

    Super cool hat designer Eugenia Kim has scores of downtown trendsetters and fashionistas as her clients. Fashion-loving stars like Madonna, Beyonce, Nicole Ritchie, Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Simpson, Sienna Miller, and Gwenyth Paltrow have all been spotted wearing a trendy Eugenia Kim hat and she has a DIY hatmaking book called,Saturday Night Hat: Quick, Easy Hatmaking for the Downtown Girl.

    >> SHOP: Eugenia Kim Hats at Shopbop

    Imagine this comic book heroine: Hat-Girl takes over Gotham City with the flip of her chapeau. Suddenly, every Queen Mumsy headgear aficionado is turned to dust. Two-Face morphs into a stylist to fight the crimes of fashion with deposits of rockin’ chic millinery confections that every It Girl covets.

    Now, for the real deal: Totally da-groovy New York hat designer makes must-have hats with that certain dash of wit and whimsy to spice up any otherwise not-quite-fabulous wardrobe.

    These aren’t heavy-handed, hatty hats for those who take themselves too seriously– these are funky little accessories which transform an entire look with the flip of a brim. As a matter of fact, there’s nothing overly stuffy or stodgy about Ms. Kim’s style and she proves it with her easy-to-follow and clever how-to’s in her new book, SATURDAY NIGHT HAT: Quick, Easy Hatmaking for the Downtown Girl (Potter Craft).

    Her top celebrity styles are now just a DIY pattern and some supplies away. It you’re in it just for a fun read or not quite ambitious enough to start your own custom hat project, each designer style comes with cute “Wear It Well” tips to make your next hat wearing experience extraordinary rather than ordinary. Like, a strong lip is a must for a beret. Cloches look best on girls with short or bobbed hair and a square or heart-shaped face. Do a casual/dressy combo to make your cocktail hat look more like the epitome of downtown chic instead of like a bad 1940’s flashback in a cocktail dress. Juxtapose the masculinity of a pimpin’ shape fedora with a delicate floral sundress or something girly.

    There are even some tips on hat care and storage, but with hats this cute, you may never want to put them away.

    –January 7, 2006

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