King Philippe and Queen Mathilde welcomed Alexander Van der Bellen, President of the Federal Republic of Austria and his wife Doris Schmidauer to Belgium today for a three-day state visit.
Queen Mathilde wore a new fedora hat for this welcome in muted burgundy melusine felt simply trimmed with a felt hatband. The hat pairs well with the lighter hue wool coat and even lighter pink dress but…. I find my reaction to this hat one of ambivalence. It’s fine. But not great. Something about the awkward shaping/ placement of the hatband and unfinished edge of the relaxed brim doesn’t quite measure up for me- it lacks the crisp panache that usually makes a fedora so chic. And for those of you with a sense of déjà vu about it, you’re not wrong. I’m all for royals buying whatever designs they like but wish couture milliners would steer them away from bespoke pieces that are exact duplicates.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne “Malia” design. Coat by Natan.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
What do you think of this new hat today in Brussels?
Images from Getty as indicated