The Mad Hatter

Hair chapeaus: striking a delicate balance between locks and accessories

Photographer Jana Cruder

Makeup Whitney Urichuk, One Luv Agency

Hair and Hat Design Marshall Van Ierland, Kelly Cardenas Salon

Hair Design Assistant Natalie Burke

Wardrobe Styling Nicole Chandler

Model Nicole, No Ties Management San Diego

Retouching Haoyuan Ren

Shot on location at S P A C E Studios Las Vegas

Special thanks to Gaia Flowers and Brother’s Beauty Supply

Inspired by the swashbuckling pirates of yore, this hair hat is crafted of braided hair and accented by two buns, which were backcombed, molded and encased in nets of contrasting colors. Get the look: Elizabeth and James Embellished Cavalry blazer, Neiman Marcus, Fashion Show; Dusty Blush Metallic Crinkle scarf, Ann Taylor, Town Square; Twelve by Twelve Longline tulle skirt, Forever 21, Fashion Show.

She’s the queen of the wild frontier in this coonskin-cap-inspired concoction made of yards of braided hair and a foxtail accent. Get the look: Victorian Cream Chiffon blouse, Bebe, Forum Shops at Caesars.

Reminiscent of a modern-day Audrey Hepburn, this classic pillbox-style chapeau features an antique brooch and floral accoutrement. Get the look: Lace Simonette Embellished dress, Bebe, Forum Shops at Caesars; champagne crystal ring and faux pearl bauble bracelet, White House | Black Market Town Square.

Wild and free like a bird, this neo-Victorian lid is inspired by modern milliner Philip Treacy, who has single-handedly brought back the art of the hat. Get the look: Sue Wong embroidered and embellished dress, Neiman Marcus, Fashion Show; drop bead necklace and cry flower bracelet, Francesca’s, Town Square; pheasant feathers for accent.

In homage to Auntie Mame, sometimes a girl just needs a top hat. This showstopper is crafted of three different colors of braided hair, using no molds or forms. Get the look: Black Satin Ruffled trench coat, White House | Black Market,Town Square; Alexander McQueen ring; Julie by Ana Jules ball drop earrings.

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Cara Abrahams

The Look

Cara Abrahams

What she’s wearing now: Elizabeth and James tuxedo jacket, Theory tank, Torn by Ronny Kobo skirt, Michael Kors watch, David Yurman bracelet and Steve Madden satin pumps. Despite having a great sense of style, Abrahams often feels the heat when it comes to getting dressed for an event. “I never want to wear the same outfit twice,” she says. “As a result, dresses are usually my go-to piece for events as they are so versatile and can transition from a day to night look with just switching out a few accessories.”