Imperial Couple Visits Okinawa

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived in Okinawa Tuesday for a short visit- likely their final to the city before the Emperor’s abdication next April- which was at the couple’s request to pay tribute to an area that saw much destruction during WWII. For their arrival, Empress Michiko wore a new hat.

Mar 27, 2018 | Royal Hats  Mar 27, 2018 | Royal Hats

In a predictable saucer shape, this silk covered hat features a gently domed center and underbrim in silver windowpane patterned crin (or light straw?) and is finished with a grey silk bow. The feature of note here is the underbrim- a lovely feature that lightens the otherwise lackluster hat.

 Mar 27, 2018 | Royal Hats Mar 27, 2018 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. Likely Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: this hat is new
I suspect the Empress chose her go-to grey as the first day of this visit included a stop at Okinawa Peace Memorial Hall. Grey is a good choice for memorial events although I’ll forever wish to see Empress Michiko in brighter colours. 

4 thoughts on “Imperial Couple Visits Okinawa

  1. The Empress definitely wears grey so well, and this is no exception. This particular shade of grey has more of a brown undertone compared to other greys she wears, so that helps differentiate it. Also, I agree that brooch is fantastic! Brava!

  2. The Empress knows her style and sticks to it. As always, she looks appropriate and chic. And yes, that brooch is stunning!

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