Balenciaga Hat Exhibit: Part 2

Several weeks ago, we enjoyed two videos put together by Spanish milliner Cristina de Prada about the incredible exhibit, “Balenciaga. The Elegance of the Hat.”  Today, we continue with two more!

Cristina recently attended the opening of this exhibition at the Cristobal Balenciaga museum in a vintage straw hat she created a custom cork hat block to form- if you have not already seen it, do scroll through her photos here. It’s fantastic.

Spanish Monarchs Begin State Visit To Sweden

King Felipe and Queen Letizia arrived in Stockholm today to kick off a two-day state visit to Sweden.

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For their arrival, Queen Letizia wore an orange draped silk abacca bandeau headpiece trimmed with feather flowers, dyed a slightly darker shade and place on one side of the design.

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The colour is fantastic on the Spanish queen as is the scale. The flower placement is also interesting, framing the face instead of on top of the design, leaving the drape of the silk abaca visible. I have some quibbles about the silk abaca drape (lovelier in the video below than in photographs today) and the seasonal clash between summery headpiece and wintry cape but as Letizia does not always wear hats or headpieces for state visits, it was fantastic to see her in something today.

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Designer: It is the Guilia design by Cherubina. Dress by Carolina Herrera.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Queen Silvia repeated a bumper hat in vibrant magenta felt, worn on the back of her head in the style of a calot. The hat is trimmed with a felt cutout leaf on one side that anchors a small bunch of wispy feathers that lay across the front of the design and cascade off the other side. The saturated colour is so great on Silvia and the hat combines with the matching coat to create a polished but punchy ensemble (especially standing next to Queen Letizia in that luscious orange!).

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Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk
Previously Worn: May 23, 2019 

Crown Princess Victoria repeated a pale blue silk rose headpiece with ice blue straw twists. Princess Sofia paired her black floral dress with a black casque headpiece with chevron pointed edge.

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Designer: both are unknown
Previously Worn (Princess Victoria): Jun 14, 2019
Previously Worn (Princess Victoria): this headpiece is new

In the afternoon, the monarchs visited the Nobel Museum to see a special exhibition on Santiago Ramon y Cajal. For this, King Carl Gustaf donned a sharp dark navy Borsalino fedora.

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What do you think about this group of hats today in Sweden?

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This Week’s Extras

Rebecca Victoria Romanoff wore a veiled black felt beret with side bow for a funeral this week.
Princess Sophia of Romania in a black and grey veiled bandeau headpiece with feathers for a memorial on the fourth anniversary of King Michael’s death

The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her tan wool ruched crown hat with faux fur brim by Lock and Co. yesterday at the November Racing Weekend at Ascot Racecourse
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This month, I’m turning to all of you to share new millinery designs catching your eyes. I can’t wait to see what you share from last week!

 

We wrap up with another beautiful landscape from James Ogilvy.

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Monaco National Day 2021

Members of Monaco’s royal family celebrated their country’s national holiday today at a military parade and balcony appearance in the palace courtyard and thanksgiving mass at the Cathedral of Monaco.

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The most senior female member of the family in attendance this year was Princess Gabriella, who wore a darling ivory soft boiled wool beret trimmed with a tulle veil and small pink blossoms.

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Designer: It is the “Boiled Wool Basque Beret” from Monna Lisa
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Prince Jacques repeated his miniature winter dress uniform of the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince (Prince’s Company of Riflemen, the infantry branch that protects the Royal Palace) complete with blue cloth helmet with red and white dress plumes.

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Princess Caroline wore a headpiece of two sizes of black net tulle attached to a headband, the large dotted and placed further back from her face. There’s not much to say about this design.

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Designer: Likely Chanel. Suit by Chanel.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Princess Alexandra of Hannover and Monaco wore a black silk rose and bow headpiece, anchored on the back of her head.

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Designer: Likely Chanel. Coat by Chanel.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi wore a navy bandeau headpiece with flat bow and birdcage veil. Her daughter, India, wore a navy double bow in her hair.

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Designer: unknown. Dior coat and Valentino lace skirt.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi wore the only brimmed hat of the day, a tall crowned design with wide dropped brim in ecru braided straw trimmed with a wide black hatband and bow. The graphic contrast and spectacular scale of the design makes it stand out… and while I can’t ignore the construction issues giving the hatband some wobbles (it doesn’t look like it was cut on the bias), the overall look is an elegantly classic one for Beatrice.

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Designer: Stephen Jones for Dior. Skirt, sweater and coat by Dior.
Previously Worn: This hat is new. 

Camille Gottlieb wore a black felt blocked beret trimmed with a large flat bow. It is the first hat Camille has worn for National celebrations and it’s a good one.

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Melanie de Massy wore a burgundy tulle and feather fascinator.

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The Monaco royal ladies are not a widely hat wearing bunch and the popularity of smaller headpiece is evident here. What do you think of this group of millinery designs today in Monaco?

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1982 when Queen Beatrix wore a black velvet tam on a visit to Peterborough during her and Prince Claus’ state visit to the United Kingdom.

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