Some of you have been eagerly awaiting a review of the black hats in Queen Elizabeth’s millinery closet. In preparing this inventory, I came a across an interesting subgroup of hats that I’m calling the “Black Ands”- hats that are partially black and partially another colour. Since 2000, Queen Elizabeth has worn fourteen designs that fit this classification and I thought a peek at them today would be a great prelude to our look at her black hats tomorrow. Here are all the “Black Ands” we have seen Queen Elizabeth wear this millennium, in general order of introduction:
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Designer: unconfirmed likely Frederick Fox or Philip Somerville
Introduced: all prior to 2000 (these outings were photographed Oct 24, 2000; Nov 29, 2001 and Feb 24, 2002)
UPDATE: The following hats have been introduced since this post was first published:
15. 16. 17.
Some of these pieces will no doubt be familiar as they have seen high profile events or frequent wear (#5, #11, #14) while others might seem new. I have long admired the punchy high contrast of #8 and delicacy of #10 and haven’t lost hope that we’ll see them trotted out again.
Now over to you, dearest readers- what pieces stand out most to you? What makes one partially black hat work while another does not?