It took six and a half long months before Queen Elizabeth showed us a new hat in 2015. This new hat was soon followed by ten other new pieces, giving us a sensory overload of new hats. A number of you have asked to take a more relaxed, comparative look at the eleven new hats Queen Elizabeth débuted over the past month and here it is. While the fourth (yellow hat with silk flowers) is a Rachel Trevor Morgan design, all the others are the work of Angela Kelly.
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Trooping the Colour on June 13 and the first day of Royal Ascot, June 16
Blue and yellow for Ascot on June 17 and June 19
First day of the state visit to Germany, June 23
In Germany, June 24 and 25
In Germany, June 25 and 26
Bidding farewell to Germany, June 26; reviewing the Yeoman Guards on July 9
Looking at this group of new hats all together, there are similarities in brim curves and scale but diversity in crown shapes. What stands out to me most, however, is the noticeable restraint in Angela Kelly’s use of trim. The hats are still very interesting but much better balanced, more elegant, and so much more flattering to their wearer. It’s a very welcome change.
What do you notice in this group of new designs?
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