KELLY Cavanagh is a local mum with a knack for creating spectacular headpieces.

The designer started doing her creations in 2006.

"I attended a lot of ladies and race days and I wasn't happy with choice available so I decided to make my own to match outfits," she said.

While her first designs can make her cringe, Kelly has since completed workshops including one with the esteemed Melbourne milliner Waltraud Reiner of Torb and Reiner.

Kelly describes her favourite style as structured.

"Because they're a bit different to the normal feather style," she said.

Kelly said there are three ways you can match your outfit with your headpiece.

"You can do colour blocking, with the fascinator and dress in completely different colours," she said.

"Or you can pick a colour from your dress and match it with your fascinator.

"Or you can match your fascinator to your shoes and clutch."

The key to wearing a hat, fascinator or "hatinator" is that it suits your personality.

"It should be something you're comfortable with," Kelly said. 

The fascinators pictured in the photo gallery (below), which were designed by Kelly will be auctioned off at the Kookaburra Creek Kindergarten's Ladies High Tea on Saturday, June 15.

Ms Cavanagh's fascinators can take from three to ten hours to make and sell for about $80-$300.

They have previously been worn by Sky Racing TV presenter Christy Johns, plus featured in last year's Brisbane Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival.

Committee organiser Vicki Tobin-Platten encouraged local ladies to indulge their fashion senses for the event.

"It's absolutely girly," she said.

Tickets are $75 from the Kindy or on Facebook.



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