The first major royal first at Ascot today was the inaugural attendance of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Her hat is described by the designer as an “elegant mesh saucer disc with angular printed feather, delicate rose and twist detail”.
Fiona: Put a sack on her and she looks impeccable, there is not much the Duchess does wrong in the style stakes. Her Dolce and Gabanna dress is beautiful and the detail to the bottom, with the boho-tier should be wrong for this occasion but it works. Generally I do like the shape of the hat, the button centre with the lattice outer straw brim. But there could have been a lot more thought into the placement of the trimming. It looks like it was thrown on last minute, the flower is too small and untidy looking, the feathers are just thrown on and the twists of white straw look like they were placed on as it was being packed into the box! Other than the hat trimming, she looks fabulous as always.
Christie: The shape of this piece is.. ok, but is this a paper straw? With a paper straw trim? There are so many elements in the quality of this piece that I am just not happy with. On the side view, you can see the brim wire sticking out, the edge of the brim is frayed, the silk flower is an oblong shape and the spattering of gold on the feathers makes them look dirty. I’m sorry to be so critical of this piece, but I love the Duchess’ style and would like to see her in something of higher quality. I do like the idea of a natural straw on her though.
Jill: It’s lovely to see the Duchess of Cambridge at Ascot! It took me a minute to warm up to this hat, I like the shape on her and the mix of materials is very interesting, especially the softly hued feather accent. I wish the straw was a bit more ivory than natural with the dress, but the overall look is very pleasing and I think she looks divine.
Royal Hats: I really wanted to like this hat- an open weave straw is an interesting twist and the hat’s scale and shape are wonderful on Kate. However, I have to agree with Fiona and Christie that the execution falls short, particularly with that haphazard trim. Such a light feeling hat was a great pairing with Kate’s exquisite lace dress but again, I’m left craving some colour. Even a pink shoe would have made a world of difference here!
Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the Una design from SS 2015
Previously Worn: This hat is new
The great thing about royal hats is that the same design can elicit completely different responses, just as Kate’s hat did for our guest milliners today! What did you think of this, Kate’s first Ascot hat in a lifetime that I hope will bring many more?