Closer Look at Three New Designs

Three hats came up in discussion in Saturday’s ‘extras’ post that I think warrant greater coverage and discussion here on Royal Hats. So here we go!

Last Thursday, February 1, Princess Margriet attended a ceremony at the Flood Museum in Ouwerkerk to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the 1953 flood caused by a storm tide across the northwest European shelf that caused massive flooding in the Netherlands and claimed 1836 Dutch lives. For this national commemoration, Margriet wore a navy blue felt trilby style hat with extended brim. Lengthening a trilby brim doesn’t always work but this one hits the mark and looks wonderfully stylish on Princess Margriet.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Last Friday, February 2, Princess Ayako of Takamado and Princess Nobuko of Mikasa attended the 67th Kanto Tokai Flower Exhibition in Tokyo, both in black hats. Princess Ayako’s rounded crown design features a mushroom brim and unique flat fan bow bow on the side of the crown. Princess Nobuko’s brimess hat follows an asymetrical shape emphasized by wide velvet binding on the top and bottom, and is simply trimmed with a bow at the back. It’s a much bolder shape than we’re used to seeing on Imperial royal hats but one that Nobuko carries so well.

Feb 2, 2018 | Royal Hats

Feb 2, 2018 | Royal Hats

Designer: both are
Previously Worn: I believe both hats are new

I think all three hats are a great example of style by shape- no exuberant trims are needed to make them stand out (perhaps, except Princess Ayako’s hat, which would look amazing with a large Lady Amherst feather wrapped around the brim!). I’m curious to hear what you think. 
Photos from Getty as indicated; Sankei

10 thoughts on “Closer Look at Three New Designs

  1. Yes, these are certainly worth a closer look. Asymmetry rules! I’m reserving judgement to Ayako’s because I can’t see the details well, but great looks by all three ladies.

    • Red shoes and feather would be excellent, but even the red gloves seem bold by the standards of the Imperial dress code!

  2. I’ve never seen Nobuko look so good. I usually don’t care for a pulled back hairstyle with a hat, but this shows off her face so well. A great hat for her.

  3. Margriet’s hat strikes just the right tone for this event, and it looks great on her; it’s especially nice to see a full hat on her as she usually wears fascinators or no hat.

    Nobuko’s structured toque/exaggerated beret is a beautiful shape for her and a great addition to the Japanese Imperial millinery collection.

    “Lady Amherst feather”? YOU READ MY MIND. Even without the feather, it’s still a lovely hat for Ayako that frames her face so well and coordinates perfectly with her outfit; also, those red gloves a nice pop of color to keep this from being too funereal.

  4. Princess Nobuko looks fantastic! I love the bold colours of her outfit and the lines of her hat. Princess Ayako’s hat is a bit too floppy for my taste. I also like Princess Margriet’s hat very much. She looks very smart and appropriate for the occasion.

  5. All of these hats are winners. Love the trilby. Can’t make out the trim. Princess Nobuko’s hat is very stylish, smart looking. She looks so pretty in it. That goes for the Princess Ayako. She looks so pretty in that mushroom brimmed hat. The crown is just right for her. Thank you so much for highlighting them and giving us another look.

  6. Princess Nobuko’s hat appears as a dark navy on my computer. Perhaps it is the light. In any event, both Imperial royals are branching out with their millinery styles.
    Princess Margriet looks very smart. I like the trilby on her.

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