Queen Máxima was in Steenbergen this morning to officially open an elderly care house. For this engagement, she reached back in her hat closet for a tall-crowned, ecru straw cloche that hasn’t been seen in over a decade.
This design, with it’s lively spray of feathers on the side and slim hatband, has much to admire- it’s well constructed with a very finely woven straw and those feathers add great energy to the design. We’ve seen Queen Máxima in just a few cloche hats, I think, for good reason- the classic shape simply does not suit her well and the slightly stretched proportions on this design, while interesting, don’t help. Shape issues aside, I have great admiration for royals who style decade-old hats into current ensembles and this neutral hat pairs well with Máxima’s green silk suit.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Suit by Natan.
Previously Worn: April 4, 2006
Queen Máxima experimented with a handful of cloche shapes in the mid 2000s that we don’t see her wear much any more. Such experimentation is a necessary step (particularly for women marrying into royal families who haven’t worn many hats in their private lives) and I imagine this led her to the calot, turban and toque shapes that have become a signature look. What do you think of this cloche on Queen Máxima today?
Photos from Getty as indicated