Milliner Margaret O'Connor“Everyone is obsessed with the crown.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Milliner Margaret O’Connor’s creations have long been turning famous heads from Kylie Minogue to Lady Gaga. The Co. Clare native is equally at home making bands and crowns for family and friends as she is for the rich and famous. Slap bang in the middle of racing, festival and wedding season, Maggie Doyle got Margaret’s top tips for what’s on trend when it comes to hats this summer on Friday’s Ryan Tubridy Show.

“Everyone is obsessed with the crown, the headpiece, it’s like a head dress. Kate Middleton started wearing them about four years ago and then Dolce & Gabanna about two years ago did a whole range of cool headbands. You can see all the retail shops now selling head bands, people just can’t get enough of them.”

Margaret is happy to see hats come back from being just for weddings or Ladies’ Day at the races, to an accessory more and more people are embracing for social events, etc. On that point, Maggie was curious as to whether hats suited everyone?

“It’s kind of like a pair of shoes… You have to find out what suits you, you have to try them on, it’s the same with hats.”

Margaret worked with Philip Treacy on hats for guests attending the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. She caught the bug. Not long afterwards she set up her own business. Indeed, she credits recent royal weddings with inspiring a lot of people to get back into hats.

“Meghan’s Mammy work a small little green piece. It was small and it had a tiny trim on it… The amount of people who want that… Not everybody is outlandish and wants to go for a crazy hat.”

Of course Margaret’s pieces have also caught the eye of pop stars like Lady Gaga and Kylie. Maggie wondered how the Lady Gaga connection came about. Margaret explained how a PR company she hired to represent her, had a bit of a surprise up their sleeve.

“We do PR for a stylist and she wants your hats for Lady Gaga. Can you send some hats?”

Talk about a no-brainer. Lady Gaga had requested six hats to choose from. Margaret decided to throw in an extra one for luck. It was a special hat called Marian that she’d named after her mother. No prizes for guessing which hat Gaga chose.

You can listen to Margaret and Maggie in conversation on The Ryan Tubridy Show here.

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