It’s officially hat season. Royal Ascot is almost upon us, Henley Royal Regatta follows and the sound of summer wedding bells takes any space in between. The impeccable style at the recent Royal Wedding has left us with unexpected anxiety about the importance of getting things right. Even the most flawless amongst us would agree that a little professional help is advisable when it comes to timeless formal dressing. So I must reveal something very special happening at COMO The Halkin hotel.
COMO The Halkin and Jane Taylor London
King’s Road milliner extraordinaire Jane Taylor London and the most discreet of Belgravia hotels COMO The Halkin have come together to provide a signature bespoke service. Throughout summer Jane Taylor will be available for personal appointments, fittings and advice on hat etiquette for summer guests of The Halkin. They will also enjoy 10% off on orders placed through the hotel.
Jane Taylor, which was founded in 2004, is no stranger to aristocracy. The brand counts The Duchess of Cambridge, The Countess of Wessex and Princess Beatrice of York amongst her clients. Hand-dyed hats to suit every shape and any occasion are not only designed but lovingly hand made by the milliner in her Kings Road studio. Raw materials are sustainably sourced and carefully selected as Jane herself revealed to me over breakfast at our meeting.
COMO The Halkin has perfected the art of pioneering partnerships. Its restuarant Ametsa with Arzak Instruction serves a Michelin-starred menu in partnership with Arzak, in San Sebastian, which is one of the worlds’ 50 best restaurants. With such an elegant accolade my breakfast here of divine smoked salmon and scrambled eggs came as no surprise. By the same token the collaboration with Jane Taylor should also prove to be an unrivalled triumph.
Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up
Furthermore, a timely synchronism with Belgravia in Bloom has worked in favour of the collaboration. This year’s theme (Frida Kahlo) supports the launch of Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up exhibition at the V&A Museum. A specially-commissioned piece has been created by Jane Taylor and pays homage to Frida’s Mexican heritage. It is an unmistakeable celebration of her life; a riot of colour and bright flowers. If you happen to drop by at COMO The Halkin the unmissable piece sits in the lobby. Whilst you’re there be sure to head to Halkin Bar where a cocktail menu inspired by Jane’s hats is available. There’s never been a more fitting time to raise a glass for Frida.