Leanne Delap: Head Mistress
This past weekend I had the pleasure of meeting fashion editor extraordinaire Leanne Delap, a remarkable gal whose writing I’ve simply inhaled and admired for many, many years.
In fact, I already knew so much about Leanne before meeting her- among many accomplishments, you may recall that she was Editor at Fashion before moving into the style pages at the Globe and Mail and is now joined by her team at the Toronto Star; her tomboy daughter is not in the least interested in fashion, which always amuses me; Leanne is tall, has long feet, luscious blond hair and likes to wear things that perhaps a tall person wouldn’t normally wear but she is, after all, a fashion editor; she has a weakness for vintage designer threads (well, okay- that goes for pretty much all of us in the biz).
And you, dear readers, who know Leanne’s writing might be finding a few similarities between some of my work here on Fashion in Motion and Leanne’s witty curatorial take on fashion trends. It is most certainly in the spirit of Leanne that a few columns here on FIM have come to take shape and, hopefully, tickled your fancy the way Leanne took me under her wing as a mentor (unbeknownst to her until this past weekend, of course).
Needless to say that our brief exchange was delightful and floated into my thoughts this week as I clicked through the Toronto Star‘s website in search of Leanne’s words for the week. And wouldn’t you know it that it is as though the style folks at The Star had read my very thoughts: featured on the site are turbans as part of a recent ’70s style roundup.
Leave it to Leanne and her team to have anticipated that this month I’d be thinking to myself, Now what I really, really need is a turban. And wouldn’t you know it, the turban featured in The Star is by Toronto-based Headmistress:
(Don’t you find it interesting that Leanne has been a kind of head mistress to me and that this week I discovered Headmistress, the turban makers-?!? Yeah- I KNOW.)
Anyway, I was very excited to discover Headmistress, an accessories company helmed by Jillian Wood, a sweet gal who has taken it upon herself to make the world a better place with feathers, crystals and silks. Jillian hand crafts fascinators, headbands, necklaces, rings, brooches and these stylin’ turbans that are making us a little cray-cray this week.
The Love by Heamistress turban collection is inspired by French couturier Paul Poiret who is known for designing origami-esque dresses that ditched the corset back at the last turn of the century. Poiret’s notable 1907 runway show featured models wearing turbans much like today’s Headmistress pieces.
Headmistress’ turban confections are made of dupioni silk sumptuously gathered and accentuated by a Czech glass button. Of course we’d like a turban in every silky colour but we recommend the Loretta’s fresh golden hue that’s slightly on the hay side of grassy green. Wear it like Headmistress’ campaign images: a modest blouse or fitted knit by day or with sultry black number for the twilight hours.
Add a rich coat of lipstick and you’re set for the sultan’s tent.
Thank you Leanne for doing what you do- you’ve inspired me beyond all the words you’ve published and I am so excited to have you as my head mistress, even if it’s just in (and on) my head.