A number of milliners whose work we regularly see on royal heads have recently released their 2014 Autumn/Winter collections. Over the next few weeks, we will take a peek at some of these collections and guess which designs might appear on royal heads this season.
Designer: Gina Foster AW 2014: Mineral Collection
Synopsis: Foster’s signature small-scale berets and cocktail hats in bright velour felts and gun-metal silks. The collection is also permeated with a few hits of faux leopard print and peacock feathers. Clean and modern with soft lines.
Royals likely to wear these designs: Duchess of Cambridge, Zara Phillips Tindall, Autumn Phillips (I really hope Autumn picks up the red embellished trilbey). Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a Gina Foster hat this summer – there is a melusine felt calot in this collection that would be great fun on her. There is also a beautiful peacock feather fascinator that I hope to see on a royal head.
Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan Autumn Winter 2014
Synopsis: Cocktail hats, dramatic headpieces, pillboxes, embellished berets and larger scale hats in eye-catching jewel tones. It’s collection of mixed materials- velour felt, silk taffeta and straw- and bold spike feather, tartan and wide-weave net tulle trims. Vibrant, dramatic and strong.
Royals likely to wear these designs: Zara Phillips Tindall wore several Rachel Trevor Morgan cocktail hats last year and I hope she will pick up some of the more dramatic pieces in this collection. I also hope that some of the spike feathers and tartan silk taffeta roses in this collection are translated onto a few new hats for Queen Elizabeth. There is a stunning olive felt beret with pheasant feathers that I would love to see on Princess Beatrice of York and I think the red embellished beret above would be fantastic on the Duchess of Cambridge.
I am curious to hear your thoughts about these collections. Are there any designs that particularly jump out to you? Are there any hats that you can see as a particularly perfect fit with a certain royal?