Derby Hats by Rachelle Willnus


Rachelle Willnus Fascinators and Derby Hats are So Glamorous

My sweet friend and Derby hat designer Rachelle Willnus, is keeping busy with the pretty crowd. She designs fascinators for Kentucky Derby regulars as well as local celebrities including news anchors, top businesswomen, and influencers.  She customs makes each design to fit the personality and style of her client. The brand is for the sophisticated woman who doesn’t want to look like everyone else and I’m all about it, especially when it’s time for the derby or a ladies luncheon.

Each of her pieces are couture and she never makes two pieces the same. Each fascinator is hand-crafted and designed by Rachelle as she follows color trends each season and creates pieces based on the season’s latest color schemes. This season? She’s mixing leather and sinamay fascinators for a little class and a little edgy at the same time.

Willnus has no formal training, just natural talent and a great eye for color, style, and design. She actually has eight years of college for Communication and Instructional Systems Design only to make hats. I think that’s fabulous. We all know, every path leads us to our best journey and natural talent.

Willnus enjoys setting trends in headwear and specializes not only in beautiful pieces but also in making women feel beautiful. Her clients, she says, “are beautiful inside and out and is most importantly, confident! She knows who she is!” And, I thank her for that!  We need more designers that understand what it takes to be a confident woman don’t we? I always support women who support the natural inner and outer beauty of a woman. Especially one that makes beautiful designs. Thank you, Rachelle!

The Derby is months away but if you need a derby hat or fascinator for the special occasion, order yours now.  You don’t want to wait last minute and miss out on wearing something this beautiful for the Derby. Derby Hats by Rachelle already has orders for the big day and the list just keeps getting longer. Orders can be made by directly calling Willnus at 810.623.4926. She also lists pieces for sale on her Facebook page Derby Hats by Rachelle and on Instagram @derbyhatsbyrachelle.

Shannon Lazovski is known to be Michigan’s first professional fashion blogger with two decades of professional blogging and influencer experience representing and creating content for brands in the fashion, beauty, and luxury travel sectors. Shannon is also the Founder and Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor of Detroit Fashion News and the Owner & Senior Editor of the parenting blog Detroit Mommies. Shannon is also known for her local philanthropic efforts and enjoys serving the community via her nonprofit organization, Glamorous Moms Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization focusing on helping women, children, and families in need. In 2019, Shannon launched her professional-grade lipstick line, Glameselle Beauty, a vegan, cruelty-free lip brand that offers lip products named after Michigan women who inspire. Shannon has been seen on Fox 2 Detroit, WXYZ-TV Channel 7, CBS Detroit, TV20 Detroit, WDIV Local 4 Detroit, IGTV, and seen in Styleline Magazine, Metro Parent Magazine, Dedicated Magazine, Downtown Magazine, Greater Rochester Living and numerous local blogs and online publications.