What a fantastic time we had at the latest Scottish Wedding Show! The atmosphere was sensational, and we met lots of wonderful women there.

Let’s talk about the show and the Collection! The outfits were designed by our dear friend and partner in crime, Rinaldo Girasoli. The collection was inspired by the looks of the 1940’s and finished off with a dash of modern twist made in a turquoise , champagne gold and off-white palette. The skirts ending below the knee , the bodices of the outfits fitted to the figure enhancing the waist made the whole collection very feminine. The faux fur, as the focal fabric of the collection, embellishing the collars and the sleeves added a touch of glamour to the whole range. The finale outfit, which closed the show, both the dress and the coat, were composed of champagne gold tones on the dress and the full length coat in ivory fur, with a deeper contrast colour on the collar gave that final touch of class and opulence.


When it came to the hats, I had to make sure that the style of each piece will well complement each outfit, not just in colour but in style as well to finish off the look. Taken into account the style elements of the 1940’s and giving them a modern touch, they resulted in a very fresh and chic collection. I used very wide shallow brims as well as classic shapes such as beret, pillbox and the super chic cloche that was a very common style in that era. I also incorporated the fur altghouh sparingly as I didn’t want the hats to look too heavy.  The use of natural colour pheasant feathers tied in beautifully, quills and also added a little touch of glitz in the focal point to finish off with a large faceted cabochon and surrounded by beading all mounted on a fabric daisy. The use of the spotted veil gave them the delicate and glamourous look. Below some on the hats in progress..

It was a thrill and a privilege to work with Rinaldo again, and very proud of our collections we created.

More views of the Collection on the Catwalk taken by the talented Pamela Gibson.


View Ultimate Design Hats Catwalk Autumn Collection here.


Our lovely stand was also featured in the highlights of the wedding show as we brought new styles to the show apart from the new collection. See video Our stand on 0:30 here!




Are you Ready… for some extravagance!

Are you Ready for Royal Ascot?

Because we definitely are! This is one our favourite events of the year. Ultimate Design Hats loves Royal Ascot not only for all the beautiful millinery pieces we get to create but to see our pieces come to life on our clients and make their outfits look perfect and our wonderful customers looking absolutely beautiful.


Here are some photos from one our photoshoots set at Balmule House in the beautiful Scottish countryside. Set in the heart of the Fife countryside, just north of Dunfermline, Balmule House is remarkably easy to get to. Driving time is less than a one hour from Glasgow and only thirty minutes from Edinburgh and Perth.

The Balmule team will be happy to help with chauffeur drive, for any size of party, to get you to Balmule House from almost anywhere in the country.

You can choose to arrive by helicopter and land in our grounds.

If your looking for extravagance turning up to Royal Ascot in one our designs, you will defiantly be fitting the criteria. (Especially if you arrive by Helicopter oh la la)



‘Get the Look’ L.K.Bennett London

“Get the Look” L.K. Bennett SS14

Our recent collaboration with L.K. Bennett for their Spring/Summer 2014 has been fantastic. We have created some exclusive designs specially tailored to compliment their most recent range and colour palette.

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The Duchess of Cambridge is seen here wearing two dresses from L.K. Bennett’s current SS14 collection, both pieces featuring that statement fire blue that is a perfect colour for the Summer season. It’s bold and block colour creates a statement fearless look that will make you stand out in the crowd.

This outfit accompanied with one our hat designs (whose colour palette has been perfectly matched to the entire range) is the ultimate look for either a summer wedding this season or even Royal Ascot or Ladies Lunch.

To check out more of our designs and L.K. Bennett’s current range check our both our website and L.K. Bennett’s Glasgow store:

L.K. Bennett London 32 Royal Exchange Square, City Centre, Glasgow G1 3AB, United Kingdom
+44 141 221 5500

Style No. 305

Preparing one of our most recent designs to go to a new home this week. This design has been specifically made for one of our Mother of Bride’s whose daughter will be getting married this July.

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This piece has been made all by hand with a layer of waffle netting strategically placed over the sculpted base. A pale pink bow at the top of the hat creates a focal point for the eye as it cascades down the front of the hat with a wave ribbon.

Style No. 305

Style No. 305

This style of hat is an understated look which is ideal for a more petite woman as the bow gives the wearer more height. The acute angle of the hat across the face is perfect for a round facial shape as it creates an angle that accentuates the wearers features. Ideally this piece is suited to a person with smaller proportions and neckline as the angled and silhouette creates the illusion of height.

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For more of our designs such as this one go check out our website here. All our designs are just examples of what we can do, we custom dye and alter any hat to coordinate with your outfit perfectly. Each hat is bespoke and we pride ourselves in creating the perfect hat just for you.

The Scottish Wedding Channel

Ultimate Design Hats has been working with the Scottish Wedding Channel; The Scottish Wedding Channel is the world’s first online bridal magazine – with every feature in video format. A pioneering new way to inform, advise and entertain viewers with a variety of features including expert advice, hair and make-up tutorials, DIY segments, real life weddings, venue features and supplier spotlight.

So who better for us to team up with the wedding season to bring more designs and trends to our viewers and clients!

Here are some behind the scene photos for our most recent collaboration where we and our Head Designer and Founder Ana Maria Ortega created some feature videos about the perfect hat and how to find it for this current wedding season.

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Our collaboration with the Scottish Wedding Channel was all about choosing the right hat for the right features and personality. Finding the right hat is not only about picking the right colours for your garment, it is more importantly finding a hat that will make you stand out in the crowd. At Ultimate Design Hats the most crucial thing for us is creating a style and shape that best compliments your facial structure and enhances your personality.

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With Wedding Season kicking off and Royal Ascot soon approaching, we are giving one lucky lady (or gent) the chance to win this stunning BESPOKE creation!

Hat Competition-Photo from FB

All you have to do is LIKE and SHARE this post on Facebook for a chance to win this hat, which has a retail value of £375! The winner will be announced once we hit 800 LIKES on Facebook!

 This is a fantastic opportunity to make all your friends green with envy, and to stand out in the crowd either at Royal Ascot or your next event such as a Wedding, Ladies Day, Races or even just on a beautiful Spring day.

Find us on Facebook here to Like and Share this image and become one step close to being the owner of this exclusively designed Bespoke Hat.