Milliner Molly Yestadt tips her hat to New Orleans Jazz Fest

10 questions Milliner Molly Yestadt tips her hat to New Orleans Jazz Fest

With a thriving cultural history and an old school Southern charm at every turn, New Orleans is a city that never stops celebrating. And no matter what party, parade or festival you’re attending, no NOLA regular will hit the streets without a fancy hat. There is no better way to celebrate the classic style of New Orleans Jazz Fest than a pop-up shop with CFDA {Fashion Incubator} hat designer Molly Yestadt of Yestadt Millinery.

Showing off her designs that give the age old craft of hat making a couture twist, Yestadt took on Jazz Fest at W New Orleans – French Quarter, with a three-day pop-up hosted by Cleo Wade featuring a killer performance by guitarist Kristen Diable. From 90s style inspiration to must-taste New Orleans treats, we got real with the designer in the heart of the city, showing us how to make every outfit a celebration.

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Molly Yestadt at her Jazz Fest pop-up at W New Orleans - French Quarter.

What makes her signature style

 

A little street, a lot of black, chic oversized shaping… oh, and always a hat.

 

 

Her favorite piece of clothing as a kid

 

Sparkly jellies.

 

 

Her favorite outfit now

 

A 90s Miu Miu wrap dress.

 

 

Where she’ll be on a Friday night

 

Cracking a bottle of bubbles with friends.

 

 

If we’re going to buy her a drink, it should be

 

Gin and tonic, or these days soda with bitters.

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Her must-see Jazz Fest band

 

Rebirth Brass Band.

 

 

Molly’s three Jazz Fest essentials

 

Sun hat, water, sneakers.

 

 

What she considers a fashion faux-pas

 

No such thing!

 

 

Her favorite Southern dish

 

I have a terrible sweet tooth, so I’d have to say pecan pie or shoe-fly pie.

 

A fashion trends to look out for

 

Straw hats all year (for travel) and a soft beret for that intellectual downtown look.

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Cleo Wade wearing a Yestadt Millinery hat.
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Kristen Diable played a set in the W New Orleans courtyard
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Molly wearing one of her signature designs.
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Jazz Fest brings out the best style of the city!