Back in 2011, the world was obsessed with a certain royal wedding, and with that obsession came a resurgence in the popularity of the once-moribund fascinator. While the average person can’t exactly channel Princess Beatrice and wear a custom Philip Treacy headpiece, there is a new wave of designers who are creating pieces for the modern, fashion-forward woman.
Some, like Heather Huey, embrace the dark romanticism of more established milliners like Treacy, while others like Wilhelm’s Megan Guip favor fanciful concoctions you’d see on a 21st-century woodland nymph. Piers Atkinson has emerged as a street-style favorite, championed by the likes of Anna Dello Russo for his charming, eye-catching designs that incorporate everything from gigantic cherries to mangled Barbie dolls to unicorns. Benoît Missolin bridges the gap between fashion and hat design in his editorial-friendly, whimsical designs. Rounding out the junior millinery crew: Gigi Burris and Molly Yestadt, both young women in their 20s who know exactly what their peers want to wear. Click ahead to see six designers who are changing the way women wear fascinators.