The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited in Northern Ireland today where their program included attendance at a garden party at at Hillsborough Castle. For this, Kate mixed up her ensemble, pairing a well worn coat dress with a new percher hat. Described by the designer as “Swirls of pillarbox-red sinamay circle around a draped centre, inspired by the morning rose flower. The hat sits neatly on the side of the head with the tip of the teardrop shape adding elegant height to the wearer”, the design also includes a slim bow around the back of the hat. Kate’s hat appears to be a bespoke version in creamy gold straw.
While I like this hat, I’m a little bored with this pairing. As reader Cepe insightfully commented about the ensemble on twitter a few minutes ago, “It’s all rather biscuit”. The hat is such an interesting, unique shape and I’m afraid its impact is lost in the monochrome colour scheme.
UPDATE: Reader James was invited to the garden party and graciously shares these photos taken at the event. The photos show how pretty this hat reads in natural light. Thank you so much for sharing this experience, James!
Designer: Silvia Fletcher for Lock and Co. It is a version of the “Morning Rose” perching hat (pictured below) from the Couture SS 2016 collection
Previously Worn: This hat is new
I think I could like this new design but I would need to see it paired with another outfit. What do you think of this new hat on Kate today?