He’s designed hats for Dior, Moschino and Marc Jacobs, and his work has been worn by everyone from the Princess Diana to Rihanna: in the world of millinery, it doesn’t get much bigger than Stephen Jones.

Now, the hatmaker has unveiled his latest collection at London Fashion Week. Called ‘French Kiss’, it’s a tribute to Jones’ love affair with France.

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In a short video, Jones discusses the inspirations behind the collection, and the process of bringing it to life. "For so many people around the world, the myth of France is extraordinary, and a real magnet," he says. "Once Paris has got to you, there’s no escape."

The colour scheme is black, pink and red, and hats range from berets to shapes inspired by Napoleon’s bicorne. Particular highlights include the architectural black hat called Bluebell, and the chic beret Bise. The vibe feels vintage, luxurious and extravagant – very much what we’ve come to expect from Jones.

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This is hardly the first time Jones has created stunningly architectural hats. The milliner is known for his quirky style, beloved by royals and popstars alike.

From the catwalks of London Fashion Week to the steps of the Met Gala, these are some of Jones’ most jaw-dropping hats…

Rihanna at the 2018 Met Gala (Ian West/PA)
Rihanna at the 2018 Met Gala (Ian West/PA)

When Rihanna wants a pope-inspired hat to go with her jewel encrusted Maison Margiela outfit for the 2018 Met Gala, who does she call? Stephen Jones, that’s who.

Priyanka Chopra at the 2019 Met Gala (Jennifer Graylock/PA)
Priyanka Chopra at the 2019 Met Gala (Jennifer Graylock/PA)

In pre-pandemic years, the weeks leading up to the first Monday in May would have been busy for Jones. In 2019, he was responsible for Priyanka Chopra’s delicately spiky crown…

Cardi B at the 2019 Met Gala (Jennifer Graylock/PA)
Cardi B at the 2019 Met Gala (Jennifer Graylock/PA)

…As well as Cardi B’s bejewelled headpiece. The rapper wore a blood red Thom Browne gown with a massive train, topped off with a swimming-cap inspired beaded hat.

Ryan LO's autumn/winter 2019 London Fashion Week show (Katie Collins/PA)
Ryan LO's autumn/winter 2019 London Fashion Week show (Katie Collins/PA)

With his eccentric designs and pastel colour schemes, Ryan LO’s show is always a highlight of London Fashion Week. Jones regularly provides the headgear for Lo’s collections – such as the gravity-defying fur hats with feathered accents, worn for autumn/winter 2019.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Prince Louis' christening in 2018 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Prince Louis' christening in 2018 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The Duchess of Sussex must be a fan of Jones' hats, as she often wears them for formal occasions. Take Prince Louis’ christening in 2018: Meghan’s olive Ralph Lauren dress was paired with a matching, slanted headpiece by Jones.

Jasmine Guinness wearing a Stephen Jones hat to Royal Ascot in 2010 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Jasmine Guinness wearing a Stephen Jones hat to Royal Ascot in 2010 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Royal Ascot might ostensibly be about horse racing, but we all know it’s really a chance to show off some fancy hats. Jones’ work often makes an appearance, such as the floral white headpiece Jasmine Guinness wore in 2010.

Matty Bovan's autumn/winter 2020 London Fashion Week show (Ian West/PA)
Matty Bovan's autumn/winter 2020 London Fashion Week show (Ian West/PA)

Matty Bovan is one of the more experimental designers on the London Fashion Week calendar, and his shows give Jones an opportunity to create something truly wacky. For the finale of Bovan’s autumn/winter 2020 runway, Jones created curtains as elaborate headpieces. He told Vogue of the look: "Why not make your own entrance wherever you go? Now you can!"

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For Matty Bovan’s autumn/winter 2018 show, Jones’ creation was similarly OTT: bunches of balloons as headpieces.

Amal and George Clooney at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Gareth Fuller/PA)
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It might not involve any balloons, but the hat Amal Clooney wore to the 2018 wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is one of our favourites, purely because of its bright, sunshine yellow colour.

Jones and Erin O'Connor launching London Fashion Week in September 2009 ( Zak Hussein/PA)
Jones and Erin O'Connor launching London Fashion Week in September 2009 ( Zak Hussein/PA)

For the launch of London Fashion Week in September 2009, Stephen Jones created an architectural black hat for supermodel Erin O’Connor.

The Princess of Wales in 1982 (PA)
The Princess of Wales in 1982 (PA)

And finally, it may not be the most sculptural of Jones’ hats, but you can’t deny the chicness of Princess Diana’s two-tone beret.