Princess Michael of Kent put in her first Ascot appearance of the year today, accompanied by her husband and son. She repeated a pale blue straw hat with ‘slice’ brim, trimmed with pleated organdie and crinoline ruffles studded with blue feathers.
Jill: How lovely, absolutely lovely! These wonderful steely blues and greys are fabulous on Princess Michael of Kent and this hat is definitely a show stopper. A little heavy in the trim maybe and the hat could have used a bit more of a tilt but I really love this trim hugging the face and the clean lines of the platter are striking.
Christie: Hmmm… at first glance I thought no, but I can see why this hat was designed. I think, perhaps, that she just doesn’t have it on correctly – that it’s meant to be more angled so that the trim sits on top of her head, instead of to the side. I’ve always felt there was a fine line with getting crinoline to look high fashion vs tacky … I think that this piece is on the right side of the fence – if it was sitting correctly. The side view shows the thought in the draping of the crinoline in to flowers and the subtle texturing of it’s ends. Worn correctly, I actually think this could be quite an amazing design.
Royal Hats: It’s a great hat but as Christie said, it’s worn at the wrong angle. Do you know how badly I want to tilt it upward so it is worn at the angle a slice hat should be worn?! When she wore this hat to Ascot back in 2013, placed at the correct angle, it was stunning.
Fiona: What can I say, this is faultless. She has hit the mark on every element. I love the combination of dusty blue and bright baby blue. Her cape is exquisitely elegant and I love the peep of the buckle in the dress. The cape is so crisp and impeccably finished. The hat compliments the cape and dress perfectly, though perhaps she could have slanted it a little more, to create more drama. Overall a very polished ensemble. My only criticism, if you could call it that, is perhaps the hat is a little over-trimmed and I think the brolly is that one accessory she should have ditched!
It has been a long while since we saw Princess Michael step out in this hat. What did you think of it (or its placement) on her today?