Dutch Visit To Germany: Day 2

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima continued their visit to Germany yesday with stops at Foreign Operations Command near Berlin, a shipyard in Rostock, and a cultural market center in Bollewick. For these events, the Dutch queen repeated her textured natural straw pyramid shaped hat which is simply trimmed with a slim silk bow on the side of the hat in the same golden wheat shade as the straw.

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In searching for something good to say, I might remark that  it’s great to see Máxima depart from her usual go-to calots and sidesweeping ‘slice’ brimmed hats or that the warm brown colour contrasts well with her dark jacket. However- there’s no escaping the visible reality that there are issues (again) with the construction of this hat. While I strive to be fair in critiques here, we can all see how the inside of this hat is messily finished. From a milliner who loudly touts herself as doing couture work, I find this absolutely unacceptable.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: Mar 27, 2017; March 9, 2011

Our weekly “Extras” posts show countless pieces of millinery that are beautifully designed and impeccably finished from milliners who never see any of their work worn on a royal head. When I think about those hats and place them beside this one… well, I have no words. The Dutch queen, quite simply, should be wearing millinery of a higher standard.

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34 thoughts on “Dutch Visit To Germany: Day 2

  1. I am always very refrain to talk about my work ( feel others should judge ) but in this case………………….
    Wen HRH drives to Brussels she passes (!) me in the middle so next time she can save time and money ( lots of it) ……………………………
    and then every royal hats visiter cán judge MY hats LOL
    with lots of (hat) love from Holland

  2. Almost didn’t open this post, thinking, probably just one more oversized hat for Queen Máxima. Now, I’m glad I did, mostly for the comments. Fascinating conversation.

    As for the hat… I agree it has such potential. It makes me wonder what the thinking process is: I like the person who made the hat, never mind the details? I want to wear something less “formal” (finished poorly – to most of us)? No one will see the details that close (except followers of HatQueen’s blog)?

    Furthermore, the discussion and link to “old French Colors” is delightful and will be added to my French language studies notebook. Wonderful touch of history.

  3. You have been very diplomatic, HatQueen. Fabienne Delvigne’s hats seem to be either great hits or terrible misses. I saw on her instagram that she is opening up a new shop in London. Let’s hope she gets the quality control issues worked out soon because I think British buyers won’t stand for such substandard work. She HAD to know that the inside of this hat would be completely visible whenever Max wore it and to let it go off with finishing this bad is appalling.

  4. Yes i garee the hat is not a well made example nor does it look couture. I can buy a better made hat from C&A!! The under brim finish is dreadful.

  5. Was it only 4 weeks ago that we were discussing like problems besetting the underside of another hat by Delvigne, of a very similar design? https://royalhats.net/2019/04/27/koningsdag-2019/#comments
    At first glance, this hat reminds of me of what one might expect to find in a vintage clothing shop, i.e. a hat from over half a century ago that has changed hands, and not been well preserved. I dare not imagine what circumstances led to this hat being approved for the Queen’s use this time. I sincerely hope that this hat will be retired at once.

  6. Looking at it from the topside I like the shape, colour and texture – and the slight east Asia vibe to it. Something different for Max and quite chic. BUT on the *visible* underside we have a wonky hem, wrinkles and unmatched lining! What on earth? Why did Max and her dresser accept this? It’s an absolute shocker for one of my favourite royal heads (and that’s without going into the colour combo). As you’ll know from my guest post on the topic, I’d love Max to support Dutch millinery – and here’s a very good reason why.

  7. Another bad hair day for Max, too. Not one of her best looks–hat, hair, outfit– but her smile is always beautiful!

  8. This outfit is nice but I don’t like the color of the hat. I wish if Queen Maxima would wear a hat with different color but the same shape and angle.

  9. My mother used to say “ Say what you need to say, but be nice about it.”

    Max is Capable Of Better Work.

  10. Ooh, it’s not great is it. I like the shape, it’s a fab hat for her, but the finish is awful. And I don’t get the link to the outfit either. Oh Máx! She giveth one day and the taketh the next!

  11. The shape of this hat is lovely on Maxima, and the warm color is beautiful against her skin.

    There. I’ve said something nice. As my mother always said, “Either say something nice or don’t say anything at all.” 😀

  12. I like the shape of this hat, I think it suits Maxima well, particular with her hair styled like that, but agree that the color seems mismatched with the outfit. Regarding the craftsmanship, there’s virtually nothing I can add to the comments that have already been made except to agree with them. Jake, the example of one of Wies’s designs that you posted would be an excellent alternative — maybe we can all write letters to the palace?

    • Dear gentlemen, thank you for your support.
      I think I should create a lobby group for More Hats in the Netherlands in general and Better Quality Hats for Dutch Royals in particular!

      • Wies, I’m intrigued by the wonderful names you give to your creations – all very beautiful, such as “Vogageuse,” Jake’s hat of choice for Max’s ensemble.
        Have you ever gone to pick out the right color when repainting a room, and encountered so many color names? Years ago, I was helping my brother-in-law paint his bedroom, and we ran out of paint. So he sent my sister (his wife) to get more, and told her to “just get a gallon of light blue.”
        Do you also make men’s hats? Will I need to travel to your shop to get fitted properly, or do you make one-size-fits-all hats? HA HA!

        • In pré-revolutionary France of the 18th century there was a fashion for inventing weird names for colours. Famous was the colour “Puce” (flea), a purplish brown, adopted by Queen Marie-Antoinette, wich saw many variations, Iike “Jeune puce” (young flea) or “Cuisse de puce” (tigh of a flea). There were also “Ventre de biche” (belly of a deer), “Péché mortel” (mortal sin), “Couleur de veuve rejouie” (colour of a merry widow) or “Couleur des cheveux de la Reine” (colour of the Queen’s hair) or even “Caca-dauphin (poop of the heir to the throne, from 1781!) (I doubt if anyone would like to paint their bedroom walls in caca-dauphin.)
          I do not usually make men’s hats (it is in fact a different profession: milliners as opposed to hatters, or in French: modistes instead of chapeliers), but sometimes I do special orders, like the cap I am making for a gentleman with a small head size, in the same tweed as his suit. I do not have a shop (there is not enough money in custom made hats to afford a shop), but I have a workroom at the top of my house with a garden view. I do not think there are one-size-fits-all hats, or it would have to be a knitted bonnet, and it is a good thing that there aren’t, or where would I be?

  13. Oh dear Lord, I had forgotten about this hat! (for good reason)

    The idea of this hat works well with this outfit (it’s a fun 1940s vibe) and the shape is a nice departure from what we often see on Máxima, as you said. But yes, the details kill this hat, and with such “good” views of the underbrim, it really demonstrates how unprofessional this hat really looks and is made.

    Assuming Máxima’s jacket is black, this boater from fellow commenter/Dutch milliner extraordinaire Wies would’ve been a fabulous choice: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk0Rlc8ATqQ/.

      • Mittenmary, sorry for the veerage off-topic; I’ll do better tomorrow concerning HM’s muted jade hat, a favorite of mine!
        BTW, I looked up “peche mortel,” and it appears to be the brand of a dark beer – just sayin’. (wink)

        • Not at all: Wies Mauduit has me thinking that I need to know more about 18th century French color names. But maybe 21st century beer names are just as colorful.

          • Mittenmary, Péché mortel seems to be a kind of skin coloured pink. (I think French 18 century sins were somewhat darker than just beer drinking!)
            This is the link to a wonderful booklet I found that can tell you all about the names of colours. Only it is all in French, I’m afraid.

            And Elephant’s breath sounds smelly somehow!

  14. I have to agree with the quibbles, I have to add one I am afraid, the color of the hat doesn’t resonate with the lovely outfit
    I recall when Mathilde wore her red hat of almost equal shape and position I wasn’t too thrilled either

  15. The last set of slides really brings home what you are referring to about the poor millinery craftsmanship – wow! The main thing I don’t like, however, is the color combination. My untrained, unsophisticated eyes rarely appreciate anything from the brown family matched with black and grey. I would have preferred red, white, or a bold blue instead. However, I really liked the initial pairing in 2011.
    HQ, it’s tough keeping up with all the new posts this week!

    • I have the same quibble – brown and cream lining with blue and grey outfit just don’t match. It would have been better if the hat lining were less visible and didn’t contrast with the hat; but a better hat would have been far preferable!

  16. I absolutely love this hat from afar. It’s beautiful, it offers a change from her oversize upswept hats and calots, and I like the neutral color and material with this outfit… but even I noticed the unfinished execution…. It’s a hat for a Queen, not for my best friend’s barbecue party. It’s very disappointing indeed.

  17. While I do like the shape, I agree that this is abysmal craftsmanship. What a missed opportunity to make something truly grand.

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