Milliner Maison Michel has once again proved that you don’t have to be at the races or a luxurious high tea party in England’s countryside to wear an intricate headpiece.

It almost seems trivial to think of the time when you thought that headwear was just about hats. Small, medium and big – the options usually started and ended there.

But in this Paris-based atelier (which is now owned by Chanel), the art of designing headwear is treated like haute couture. The essence and beauty of Paris whispers through the detailed work in every piece in this luxury label’s look book for fall 2011.

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Model Sasha Pivovarova showcases a playful and mysterious character and aptly selected Clemence Poesy brings in her raw French poise to the shots.

Picture flapper girl-inspired headbands, wide-brimmed felt hats and pearled earmuffs. The versatility in shapes and fabrics is admirable, especially when you see fine silk lace, studded-metal, feathers and potpourri, all in the same collection. It’s not about pretentious women donning a high-end accessory, it’s about a statement of who you are and who you want to be.

A cheeky girl with a cat hat or a mysteriously laced avant-garde woman – take your pick.

View more from Maison Michel‘s look book by clicking on the gallery.

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