May 31, 2017 by Chris Kilkus
Keeping Up With the Jones
LONDON — For Stephen Jones, 2017 is punctuated with two big anniversaries, both with zeros at the end — but in many ways the British milliner’s work has just begun.
Although the breadth of Jones’ creativity over the past 40 years is unmatched — he’s fashioned pharaonic headdresses and paint-splodged artists palettes for John Galliano’s runways, fashioned delicate metal crowns for Comme des Garçons and, most recently, lassoed cowboy hats onto the 2018 Dior resort runway — there is more to be done.
“I always think the most interesting hats are the ones that I still have to make. There are still so many things you can do with a hat,” says Jones, who turns 60 on Wednesday.
“There are many hatmakers who just make hats, and who don’t think about the fashion. I love thinking about the fashion, and the crazy thing about fashion is that every six months you have to reinvent yourself. Fashion makes sense when it matches the mood and the moment. It’s about the now.”
Jones, decked in jazzy patterned trousers and a dark shirt, is sitting in the studio at the back of his shop. An 18th-century building in London’s Covent Garden, its front windows are filled with his otherworldly creations —