Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai, enjoyed the fourth day of Royal Ascot today in a fascinating black rose headpiece (likely handmade and constructed petal by petal) with black veil.
Christie: I just keep thinking how long this flower would have taken to make! It’s quite incredible actually. It’s a shame the veiling is the wrong way around (hanging vertically as opposed to horizontally), as I think this is a really striking look otherwise. I’m not quite sure that the look works overall, but do love this flower.
Jill: Unfortunately, this hat screams a bit more bull fight than horse race to me. The construction on the flower is lovely, I love the depth of the layers and I am a big fan of black paired with the pale pink of her dress but the overall look feels a bit somber for the occasion. I know it is quite popular now to have this close to the face, unfinished veiling I just don’t think it is flattering and makes the hat feel unbalanced. I think no veiling and more of a tilt to the flower and this whole look would have been much better.
Fiona: I love this headpiece. The cabbage rose made from a satin fabric is impeccable and I adore the central placement. The raw edge on the light honeycomb veiling is a nice contrast to the dense rich satin of the rose – I really love this headpiece. Its a brave move putting the black head wear with an all neutral outfit – shoes, dress bag but its such a statement that it works for me. I feel the dress is a little heavy on ruching and gathering which is a soft contrast to the edgy statement headpiece, but I think I would have preferred a more structured dress here.
Royal Hats: I feel like we’ve gone from a hat shop to an art gallery with this piece- it is a wearable sculpture. It’s not pretty but it is beautiful (if that makes sense) and as others have already said, the mix of the edgy headpiece with the floaty dress is so unexpected, I can’t take my eyes away. I don’t use the word ‘masterpiece’ lightly but I think it may apply here.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
I suspect that this black rose headpiece will garner mixed opinion and I’m curious, dearest readers, what specifically you like (or do not like) about this unique design.