King Philippe and Queen Mathilde celebrated a centenary of diplomatic relations between Belgium and Lithuania with a state visit to the Baltic nation this week. For their arrival in Vilnius on Monday, Queen Mathilde wore a new turquoise felt saucer hat.
The vibrant colour is fun and clearly intended to link with the blue in the brocade coat but I think this shade misses the mark and ends up standing out awkwardly in the context of the entire ensemble. The vertical placement is also slightly off and would work better tilted a little more over Mathilde’s head rather than hovering over the side.
Designer: Reportedly Armani, who also made the ensemble.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
On Tuesday, the Belgian queen repeated a bandeau headpiece covered in the same red crepe as her belted dress.
These smaller headpieces work well for head-to-toe monochrome looks such as this. Photos here show this piece at closer view than we’ve seen it before, revealing lines that are far less smooth than they look at further distance. I appreciate beautiful draping but this is… well, lumpy and bumpy.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress and jacket by Natan.
Previously Worn: Oct 8, 2020
For the final day of the visit yesterday, Queen Mathilde repeated an ochre orange silk pleated toque hat trimmed at the back with applique cutout flowers and leaves from the same fabric as her grey printed dress.
We don’t see many hats embellished with applique and this shows how it can work well. This hat’s details- pleating and trim- and it’s colour give it presence despite its small footprint, allowing it to hold its own in the overall look. Colour contrasts can be hard to balance (as evidenced above!) but this ensemble gets it right.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Dries Van Noten.
Previously Worn: Oct 16, 2019
What do you think of this trio of millinery looks for Queen Mathilde this week?
Images from Getty as indicated