Queen Máxima Opens Kahlo Exhibit

On Thursday, Queen Máxima opened the exhibition “Viva La Frida and art of Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo” in the Drents Museum in Assen, Netherlands.

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For this occasion, she wore a headpiece of vibrant silk flowers.

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Unquestionably, the headpiece is a nod to the Mexican artist and on this merit alone, it’s a fantastic choice. On its own, the headpiece is a lovely piece that not only frames Máxima’s face in the loveliest way, but that looks wonderful from all sides (maybe even better from the back than from the front!). The overall ensemble is styled so well, the headpiece balancing the patterned skirt and grounded by the magenta blouse (and bright earrings!) to make an overall look that is so alive and beautiful on the Dutch queen.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

What do you think of this headpiece on Queen Máxima, particularly for this event?

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Dutch Queen Attends Museum Anniversary

Queen Máxima attended the 50th anniversary of Fonds Kwadraat in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam today for an event focused on the connection between artists, professionals from the art world and art lovers.

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Queen Máxima repeated her pleated red turban. This particular one of her red turbans (yes, there are several) is a bit too helmet-y for my taste but this is tempered somewhat with its pairing here with this vibrant ensemble. It’s a pairing that works well and I particularly love the hat in combination with half-up hair and hoop earrings.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Blouse and skirt by Claes Iversen.
Previously Worn: Oct 16, 2018 and March 20, 2015

Thoughts about this hat today in Amsterdam?

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Prinsjesdag 2021

The Dutch parliamentary year officially opened today with the presentation of the government’s 2022 spending plans and a speech from King Willem-Alexander to members of the Senate and House of Representatives in the Grote Kerk in The Hague.

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As for Prinsjesdag events in the past, court dress was observed by royals in attendance. Queen Máxima topped a her tailored blouse and ballgown skirt with a repeated a pleated tomato red calot/turban.

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It’s a strong look for her, although the crisp pleats previously seen in this hat seem to have been lost since it’s initial two outings.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Skirt and blouse by Natan. 
Previously Worn: Oct 11, 2018; Feb 3, 2015Oct 1, 2013

Princess Laurentien paired her silver and gold brocade gown with a circular headpiece of layered grey and gold sinamay that expanded in pillowed layers around one side of her head.

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The shape is a great take and expansion on the bandeaux so popular at present and the design creates such beautiful movement around Laurentien’s face.

Designer: Eudia (Evelien Gentis-Smit). Gown by Hardies.
Previously Worn: This design is new

What do you think of this pair of millinery designs today in The Hague? Jump to this post to see all of Queen Máxima’s past Prinsjesdag hats. 

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Dutch Queens Open Tech & Care Projects

Queen Máxima opened the National Superfast computer ‘Snellius’ in Amsterdam yesterday, repeating a bandeau headpiece of overlapping pale pink silk petals.

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It’s not the most dynamic look we’ve seen on Máxima, it’s a pretty one, framing her face in the most lovely way and combining well with the rest of her pale pink ensemble.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: May 13, 2021May 14, 2014; March 10, 2011

Princess Beatrix was in Capelle aan den IJssel yesterday to open a care organization. She repeated a dark woven pillbox with large crin bow at the back.

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The standouts on this hat are it’s scale and texture, which is just so interesting.

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Designer: unconfirmed. 
Previously Worn: June 9, 2018; April 19, 2012; likely others

What do you think about this repeated pair of millinery designs yesterday in the Netherlands.

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Queen Máxima On The Move With Sideswept Hats

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visited the municipalities of Deventer, Raalte and Olst-Wijhe yesterday for a day of events themed around collaboration.

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For these visits, Queen Máxima wore a new hat in burgundy sinamay with a sidesweeping brim and double layered hatband tied in a side bow..

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The colour is lovely and pairs well with her printed green dress (who knew leaf green and burgundy could work so well together!). However, there are visible construction issues with the brim’s finished edge, which is horribly wobbly. That’s not an issue of material but, unfortunately, one of very poor technique and completely ruins what could have been beautifully sweeping lines on the hat.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Today, Queen Máxima opened the House of Culture and Administration of the municipality of Midden-Groningen in Hoogezand.

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For this event, she repeated a warm brown straw picture hat with high upswept slice brim. The hat is simply trimmed with a Petersham ribbon hatband tied in a loose bow at the side.

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The brim edge here is not perfect but looks much better than the first hat. That’s because of the bias brim- if you look closely at the brims of the two hats, the weave of the straw on the brown hat is in an x shape around the face, as opposed to a + shape on the burgundy hat. The brown hat is likely blocked from a parasisal capeline (see one here) which is woven in concentric circles and as such, places all points around the brim on the bias. Because woven materials stretch on the bias, it’s then possible to block the brim into a super smooth surface.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Zeus + Dione
Previously Worn: Jul 7, 2021;  Jul 2, 2019;  May 25, 2018;  Feb 18, 2017; Nov 28, 2016Nov 1, 2016; Sep 14, 2016; Jun 2, 2016; Apr 21, 2016Mar 10, 2016
Comparison pairings with other outfits: see here

Thoughts about these two hats?

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