Dutch Royals Welcome Austrian Visit

On Wednesday, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima welcomed President of Austria Alexander van der Bellen and his wife Doris Schmidauer for an official visit at Palace Noordeinde in The Hague. For this visit, the Dutch queen repeated her dark cranberry velvet felt hat with wide upswept brim.

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There’s not much to say about the hat- by now, I think we can consider this Queen Máxima’s ‘signature’ millinery shape- but the styling of the ensemble is something to discuss. This outfit is all about the yellow feathered necklace, which gives such unexpected contrast against the otherwise cranberry head-to-toe look. Acid yellow costume beaded earrings and a necklace is not what I’d immediately think of to pair with this silk dress and hat but it certainly makes a statement.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: March 27, 2018Oct 24, 2017
Amazing how a necklace can vault an ensemble out of feeling too matched, isn’t it?! What do you think of this third outing of this hat?
Photos from Getty as indicated

9 thoughts on “Dutch Royals Welcome Austrian Visit

  1. I agree with JamesB and Jimbo that the hair seems to be the real problem here; a side chignon might just be the think to help! With that change, then I don’t think the yellow feathers of the necklace would seem as haphazard. I think it’s a fun color combo, the burgundy and yellow, that few people could pull of well, and Máxima can do it!

    I can’t believe I had forgotten about the 2014 hat and outfit mcncln pointed out as an example of a monochrome ensemble that works well. I definitely agree, and also miss that one!

  2. The feathers tweaked it making a monochrome look interesting, the monochrome needed a break, from afar it looks nice from up close I will have to pass
    though I have to say it is not boring
    I do like the richness of the colour

  3. It’s a tried and true outfit formula for Max. Big hat + simple dress + monochrome colour scheme, with the added spice of a huge statement necklace. The example below is from 2014:
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    But it wouldn’t be Max if she didn’t occasionally tweak even the most tried and true formula. The hair-down styling of today’s ensemble adds softness to the strict lines of the ensemble — but softness is already supplied by the fluffiness of the necklace, so I agree with JamesB and Jimbo
    that the hair is not letting the necklace be seen to full advantage; instead the result is rather messy.
    But that acid colour combination is awesome! Max’s deep brown eyes stand up very well to strong yellow (blue eyes would not handle it nearly so well), though I’m disappointed in the unflattering coat. These shapeless, featureless, oversized boxy coats are currently all the rage among the more fashion-forward royals, and for me, yesterday is not soon enough for this coat trend to be over.

    • Jimbo, while I realize that royals are expected to wear designer accessories, I have to say, speaking as the head of the vendor selection committee for our local Fall Festival, that I know at least 15 people here who could make feather necklaces just as nice as these for a fraction of the price!

      That being said, I do like the idea of a feather necklace to break up the matchiness of the ensemble – it’s an interesting look and fits well on the neckline, though I think I might have preferred a softer shade (even of yellow).

      And I do agree about the hair. Down is fine with this hat, but maybe a little more smoothly combed.

  4. Heavens. For once I don’t know what to think here. That acid yellow feathered ruff is, well, it’s quite something! Only Máx would go there. And so she almost carries it off. I would just tidy up her hair a bit as it’s interfering.

    I might have to ponder it all a bit more though…

  5. I’ll buy in to the idea of a statement necklace to break up a monochrome ensemble, but not this particular necklace! This color is especially luscious and so beautiful for Max. If she wants to avoid the monochrome, I’d love to see it paired with almost any shade of grey.

    • I feel likewise, about the lusciousness of the cranberry on Queen Maxima, the value of a contrasting necklace, and the unfortunate choice of acid yellow.
      However, I lean more toward a golden yellow than to grey – I doubt grey would hold its own against the richness of the cranberry unless it was quite dark, which would subdue the look. And Lord knows, subdued is not Queen Maxima’s niche!

  6. The coat is not to my taste, but the hat-dress-necklace combo is a best-of-the-year look for me for Max. Just stunning. The rich color with the fabulous contrast of the necklace.

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