King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands continued their inauguration tour with visits to the provinces of Fryslân and Noord-Holland today. Máxima wore a voluminous, ruched turban made of oyster grey straw- a hat she previously wore during the Chilean president’s visit in 2009.
This is the third turban or toque hat Máxima has worn in as many weeks (see here and here) and I think this is the least successful of the three.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: May 25, 2009
What do you think- should Máxima continue this turban and toque trend?
Photos from Getty as indicated
With the poofy hat, collar and hoop earrings she looks like Zwarte Piet, Saint Nicholas’ helper.
I will be happy to submit the contrary opinion! I really like this hat. I think it is feminine, stylish, perfectly matching the suit and it’s sort of
“crown-like”. It balances out her body more than the little bitty turban and the one she perched on the back of her head.
i can’t help it – chin up she looks like a female ‘grand-vizier’ from a disney ‘aladdin’-movie. this turban looks like it fell out of a hatter’s window (shop located on the 15th floor) and — PLONG —- landed right on her head,
i dislike it profoundly.
The vibe I get from this is that it looks like the understructure of one the the late Queen Mother of UK’s standard hats. It appears to be waiting to swathed in printed chiffon, accessorized with giant blooms, and then finished with copiously draped netting. Such a hat could look charming on an eighty something icon.
The understucture worn alone by a young queen is just silly. Silly.
Generally, however, I think Maxima’s turbans have been charming aside from this one.
It reminds me of another fine product of the Low Countries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Portrait_of_a_Man_in_a_Turban_%28Jan_van_Eyck%29_with_frame.jpg
Although really I do think Maxima should probably consider adding the liripipe to be able to fling it casually over her shoulder, thus:http://www.northernelectric.ca/medieval/hats/hatpix/botticelli13.JPG
Actually, it is so mad, I rather like it!
So do you think she’s trying to be very patriotic with this hat?!
i have to say I don’t like Maxima’s hats. They were quite good and attractive for a princess, but now they are simply out of place 😦
Interesting point- what differences do you think there need to be between hats for a princess and hats for a queen?
This is one very bad outfit, the worst thing she’s worn since becoming queen. she should continue wearing, though jut not this one!
I like the material & the color/coordination with her hair & outfit. I don’t like the hat over all at all however. I never have liked turban style hats – they seem to come around ever decade however – 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s – and gads who can forget Grace of Monaco and QEII wearing a lot of them in the 70’s? QEII had ’em in about 25-30 different fabrics/colors. My mom wore the casual turbans in the back-yard pool to keep her 60’s gotta last all week hair -do protected from getting major splashes. I hate even the Turbie-Towels for after hair washing! So with my huge hate of turbans I am not a good one to offer opinions. When I had cancer and lost my hair I sure never wore a turban or tied scarfs into head turbans! Least on this one it’s light & had a bit of poof unlike the one we saw Princess Beatrice wear a week ago …that purple thing was nasty!
I really liked the other turbans she wore. This one is too big for the size of her head.
I appreciate that the hat is well coordinated with the outfit. The downside is that the only angle from which it looks good is from the back. From everywhere else it looks very messy. Should she continue the turban trend? Turbans can look very good if they are wrapped tightly and neatly. The art of their appearance is a form of order, not disorder.
Well said! I think you’ve hit the nail on the head- turbans work beautifully when they are neat, not disorderly.
I agree. The other turbans are better because they are smaller (wrapped tightly).
This is such an odd hat. I can’t imagine putting that on and looking in the mirror and thinking “yes! this is perfect!”
I can’t imagine saying that about at least 50% of royal hats.
She looks like another gypsy fortune teller. No offense but this is a bad week for royal hats.
looks like a birds nest