Dutch Royals Begin Korean Visit

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands kicked off the second leg of their Asian tour today with an official welcome to South Korea. Queen Máxima topped her Matthijs van Bergen designed frock with a matching folded calot hat, made in the same sand coloured silk linen as her dress. From a distance, the hat looked to be a lovely compliment, allowing the subtle graphic print on the dress bodice to shine.

Queen Máxima, November 3, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, November 3, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, November 3, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Dutch Royals visit South Korea

From a closer view, however, the hat fell flat (quite literally) – its folded construction again took on the appearance of a wrapped head bandage. I suspect this headpiece was meant to be modern, light, airy and a little edgy (to compliment the edginess of the dress) and while it delivered on these accounts, I don’t find it to be particularly pretty when viewed up close. What do you think?

Queen Máxima, November 3, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, November 3, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. It is not a design by Fabienne Delvigne

Photos from Robin Utrecht, Albert NieboerPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

25 thoughts on “Dutch Royals Begin Korean Visit

  1. The dress is beautiful and beautifully tailored, but would be better without the green panel. The hat could have been an interesting turban, but from the front it looks like a folded napkin.

  2. Not at all distinguished or even attractive on its own, this hat, but I must admit it serves the outfit well (at least from a distance).

  3. I actually like the hat, a big surprise to myself as I dislike anything resembling a turban. This is too small to go into turban territory.
    I would not call the green print subtle and it certainly shines. Under the cape it looks like a shiny green plastic bag. Love the cape and the dress itself and for once the size is right.

  4. Love her jade bracelets and earrings. The green print on her top is a mirror to the gold print on her skirt but nothing seems very cohesive. It should all go together but doesn’t quite. The hat looks quite good from the side views, but not so much from other angles. The dress, or skirt and top, is such a drab colour for a royal and the splashes of colour a bit odd. I agree that it’s a nice fit. I asked in a post recently if designers might be having a laugh at the expense of women …

    • Yes! The jade bracelets and earrings are great and look at Queen Maxima’s beautiful smile. She spreads warmth and kindness, doesn’t she?

    • Let’s be respectful about these designers as well. The world of haute couture and high end fashion design is one of intense creativity and abstract ideas. While much of what might come down the runways may lead us to shake our heads, I don’t think it’s fair to say that designers are intentionally having a laugh at the expense of women.

      • Oh, I agree, not intentionally, apologies that that wasn’t clear. But I do think the creative process can paint itself into a corner sometimes, particularly under pressure, and what pressure these designers are under – creative and financial, a double whammy. And they need their work to be noticed to stay in business.

        I read an article recently about “Slow Fashion”, sparked by a comment from Marc Jacobs that he would like to slow down. The article said even fashion journos have trouble keeping up now what with inter-seasonal collections, pre-collections, mini-collections, capsule collections … Karl Lagerfeld produces seven collections a year for Chanel, plus for Fendi, his own label and special projects!

        It may be that too much is expected of the designers by the owners of the fashion houses who will be looking at the bottom line (of the accounts, not a hem).

  5. The dress reminds me of years gone by when we made our first dress in sewing class at school. The hat looks like left over material. Boring and no colour. So much money spent and nothing for it.

    • Now that is so true, I remember those sewing classes and loved them and still love to sew, this is a horrible waste of money. This is one of her worst dresses ever and right now that closet of horrible dresses if filling up pretty fast. And that same goes for that thing on her head, why oh why …….

  6. She looks amazing. For some reason the hat looks much better from the side than the front, but from the front it’s a mess. I think the idea is to update the turban hats of the 60’s, but not enough design elements are present, so from the front it’s a train wreck. The dress fits her very nicely and she looks polished and lovely. Their majesties always look so cheerful and happy to be in the moment. Some of the other royals could learn a lot from them. These two really bring it.

  7. Well, aside from the rather messy hat, the dress actually seems to fit her. The sleeves are still a bit off the shoulder line, but it doesn’t appear two sizes too small, so that is a a good start!

  8. Ick! I really don’t like these ‘bandage’ hats she wears all too often — they always remind me of the famous painting by the artist Jacques-Louis David, The Death of Marat — those ‘bandage’ hats belong to the French Revolution days!

  9. Queen Máxima looked good from a distance, and I really liked the wrap she wore, but on closeup inspection, her hat looks like head bandages, her hair looks dry and damaged from the blonding chemicals, her parting isn’t straight, and her dark roots are showing. The dress looked good from a distance too, but I don’t get what the green design printed on the front and waist of the dress is supposed to be. From a distance I thought it was a cummerbund with some geometrical extensions to it. Close up, it looks like one of her children decided to paint on it while she wasn’t looking. She seems like a lovely lady with a great smile, but her fashion should be better given she has access to top designers, milliners, hairdressers, and maids. Does she chose her clothes or does she have a trusted stylist who is perhaps leading her in a certain direction?

    • Loved your comments. I agree.
      Yes, from a distance it’s not too bad, but each item deteriorates upon closer inspection. The first picture is rather spectacular: matching neon green cummerbund/children’s painting on the dress with the bracelet and earrings, and the head bandage and the hair both look good from that view. The last two photos are just unattractive of hat and hair.

  10. I think Queen Maxima looks great. I like the edgy outfit. I am not a fan of the bandage hats. I am sure that it’s not the case, but it looks like someone took a length of fabric, folded it a few times, and hot-glue-gunned it down. But, I like that QM is willing to try new things.

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