Suzy O’Rourke makes the most beautiful ear muffs you’ll ever see

If ever you doubted that millinery could be called an art, then you need only look at the craftsmanship that goes into couture millinery pieces like these by Suzy O’Rourke. O’Rourke’s autumn / winter 2012 couture collection, which aptly goes under the title of ‘Gilt’, features the types of sculptural shapes that are her hallmark. Vines of 24 carat plated golded leaves twist their way across base hats made from velour rabbit fur felt or, in one example, across a pair of ear muffs made from black satin petals and mounted to a gold headband. A delicately ornate mask is made from chantilly lace plated in 24 carat gold.

suzy o'rourke ear muffs

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Suzy O'Rourke A/W '12 Couture collection
Suzy O'Rourke A/W '12 Couture collection
Suzy O'Rourke A/W '12 Couture collection
Suzy O'Rourke A/W '12 Couture collection
Suzy O'Rourke A/W '12 Couture collection
Suzy O'Rourke A/W '12 Couture collection
Suzy O'Rourke A/W '12 Couture collection
Suzy O'Rourke A/W '12 Couture collection

No doubt, in the lead up to Australia’s Spring Racing Carnival, the Sydney-based designer will have her hands full. Personally, I’ll be opting for the ear muffs.

You can view all of Suzy O’Rourke‘s autumn 2012 couture collection at the gallery above.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.