This Week’s Extras

Prince Philippos of Greece and Nina Flohr were married in a civil ceremony last Saturday, December 12, in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The bride wore a ivory boucle suit and large structured bow in her hair, both by Chanel

On Monday, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended the opening ceremony of the Global Environmental Action (GEA) International Conference in Tokyo. Empress Masako repeated a deep green hat with upfolded brim edged in braided trim.

Princess Charlene wore a Dior lambskin leather beret on Wednesday as Princess Gabriella christened a new police boat named in her honour

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Beautiful scarlet velvet halo bandeau with silk roses by British milliner Bee Smith
Stunning jeweled hatbands and trim on felt fedoras in jewel tones from Italan brand Borsalino
Icy blue felt hat with grey trim and wonderful folded ribbon hatband by American milliner Dorothy Morant
Burgundy button percher with beautiful vintage folded ribbon by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Winter white felt octagonal cloche with fur pompom by Canadian milliner Karyn Ruiz
Chic leopard print felt trilby with emerald velvet hatband and bow by Italian brand Batog Hats
Purple felt beret with lovely velvet leaf and floral trim by American milliner Wayne Wichern
Glamorous perchers in orchid purple with crystal veil and scarlet with crin ruffle by UK milliner Tracey Miller
Two turtle doves (!!) by Spain-based American milliner Parrish Lee


Ice blue velvet and sequin covered halo bandeau by British brand Stephanie Elizabeth Millinery
Tweed pillbox with oversize lily trim by French brand Mei Mei France Chapeaux
Statement vertical saucer covered in fantastical fuchsia feathers by Australian milliner Cynthia Jones Bryson
Dapper beaver felt fedora in the most beautiful shade of teal by Hornskov København
Prink straw brimless design with wonderful folded ribbon trim by Spanish milliner Eugenia Jimenez
Elegant grey felt beret with net veil trim by French milliner Clotilde Toussaint
Fun floral trim on this vibrant blue beret percher by British brand NDLQ millinery
Black and maroon felt fedora with patent leather hatband by French milliner Geneviève Parois
The most darling green and black striped button percher with bows by British milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan

Lovely Christmas greetings from numerous royal houses

We close this week with a tale of Christmas magic, told by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge


Photos from social media as indicated

6 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

  1. I’m no expert on fashion, and this is probably going to be an unpopular opinion, but if a hairband can become larger and padded and embellished and then be called a bandeau and be considered a “proper hat”, I see no reason why this can’t also happen to a large structured hairbow on an adult woman. I agree with Shanon — Sarah’s hairbows in the 80s were lots of fun. While I wouldn’t want to see hairbows on HM or even Princess Anne, I think the younger generation of adult royals ought to popularize them.

  2. Princess Nina’s Chanel suit looks lovely, but honestly, a hair bow?

    What a beautiful percher, Wies! The burgundy folded ribbon, finished with a bow, makes it look like a gift — so perfect for Christmas.

    I also like the Arts & Crafts-inspired trims on the Borsalinos, the inventive octagonal shape of the Karyn Ruiz cloche, and the unexpected use of tweed with a lily trim on the Mei Mei pillbox.

    • Thank you Mittenmary. This ribbon pleating technique is fun and the geometrical result is mentally very satisfying. Also, it is refreshing to learn new techniques (the percher was the result of an online workshop I did with Australian master milliner Louise Macdonald).
      I agree with you that grown up women should wear grown up hats, not hair bows!

    • I agree mittenmary about the bow, however, it reminds me of Sarah, the Duchess of York’s love of hair bows in the ’80’s. I wonder why Queen Anne-Marie wasn’t at the ceremony?

      Perfectly stated about Wies’ hat looking like a present! Just lovely!

      Princess Charlene’s hat looks very funky with her new, edgy haircut.

      Love the blue felt hat by Dorothy Marant. This would look lovely (and not too heavy on the head) on CP Mette-Marit.
      Tracy Miller’s orchid percher with crystal veil is so glam. Princess Madeleine would look gorgeous in this.

      Merry Christmas everyone! Please stay safe and healthy!

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