Mike and Zara attended the Moet Marquee Magic Millions Raceday at the Gold Coast Turf Club today. Zara wowed in a pink silk dress paired with a percher hat covered in orange feathers. The hat is trimmed with a vertical wave that rolls around the back contour of the base and is covered with orange feathers on the front and bubblegum pink on the back.
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I love this look for multiple reasons. The hat is wonderful on its own, the vertical wave giving some architectural gravitas and elevating it way beyond a basic percher and the feathers giving wonderful texture. The colour scheme is so fun and pairs wonderfully with the dress. Bubblegum pink can tend toward the twee but the orange hat pulls the look away from saccharine to sophisticated. It’s a fantastic look for Zara. I’ve long admired Jill Humphries’ millinery work (many of us have!) and I’m thrilled to see one of her pieces atop a royal head.
Designer: Millinery Jill (Jill Humphries) It is a version of Feathered Flame. Dress by Rebecca Vallance
Previously Worn: This hat is new
During November and December, we saw a number of wonderful new royal hats make their debut. Eleven felt and silk designs stood out, based on your comments, in percher, bandeau, fedora, pillbox, helmet, saucer and bumper styles with an array of lovely trims. We’re now taking a look back at these beauties and choosing a final design to move forward in upcoming contest for Favourite New Royal Hat of 2019.
Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the eleven hats you most admired in November and December, shown in the order they were worn:
The final two months of last year brought us a number repeated royal hats met with admiration and praise. Twelve designs stood out, based on your comments, covering a myriad of colours and styles that included a sweeping brimmed picture hats, a jaunty saucer, a classic pillbox and a trio of chic fedoras. We’re going to look back at these beauties and choose a final design to move forward in upcoming contest for Favourite Repeated Royal Hat of 2019.
Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the twelve hats you most admired in November and December, shown in the order they were worn:
Queen Elizabeth’s black straw and silk crepe covered crown with button trim by Angela Kelly worn Nov 10
Duchess of Cornwall in a textured natural straw hat with sidesweep upturned brim by Philip Treacy worn Nov 18
Queen Elizabeth’s pale jade straw domed hat with twists and silk flowers by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn Dec 18
Queen Elizabeth’s dark green felt cloche with knot and quills by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn Dec 22
Countess of Wessex’s caramel felt fedora with feather hatband from Hicks & Brown Dec 22 and worn Dec 29
Duchess of Cambridge’s Lock and Co. forest green saucer with leaf trim around the back worn Dec 25
Princess Anne’s purple felt fedora with a twisted bow and curling feathers on the side worn Dec 25
Queen Elizabeth’s yellow and grey hat with feather pouf by Angela Kelly/Stella McLaren worn Dec 29
This poll will remain open until Wednesday, January 22 at midnight GMT. As usual for these polls, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!
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Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess of la Torre, passed away in Madrid at the age of 83 today. The elder sister of King Juan Carlos of Spain, she was popularly known as ‘Doña Pi’ after renouncing her rights of succession to marry Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, Viscount de la Torre, Grandee of Spain in May 1967; together, they raised four sons and a daughter. President of the International Equestrian Federation from 1994 to 2006 and member of the International Olympic Committee from 1996 to 2006, Infanta Pilar was closely involved with a number of charitable causes and organizations.
She wore two particularly memorable hats to the weddings of her nephew, King Felipe in 2004 and Infanta Cristina in 1997 that I share in tribute to her now.
Results for favourite new design and favourite repeated hat worn in September and October are in with two clear winners:
Princess Hisako’s cream straw hat with black brim stripe and monochrome flowers worn Sep 24
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Autumn Phillips’ green felt beret percher with flying bow and leaves by Sally Ann Provan worn Sep 9
Jump over to the poll for favourite new hat here and favourite repeated hat here to see the results in greater detail. Stay tuned later this week for a final set of polls before we face off 2019 poll winners to crown your favourite new and repeated hats of last year!
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One of my goals for 2020 is to complete our glossary of hat shapes. Today we’re looking at the Garbo hat.
History: After a decade of immense popularity during the 1920s, the cloche hat naturally took on other variations, many which included a longer brim. These longer brims were sometimes swept up in front (see Greta Garbo here in a 1931 poster) but more commonly, were left to gently fall around the face. Swedish actress Greta Garbo, who built a film career during the 1920s playing exotic, sophisticated, women of the world, had become an international sensation during the 1930s (moving from silent to speaking films in 1930) and her reputation and immense popularity paired well with this hat style’s mysterious glamour, the two becoming forever linked. Replaced by smaller scale hats in the 1940s and 50s, Garbo hats surged back into the forefront of fashion in the 1970s. Today, they are seen as a chic, less formal take on a wide brimmed picture hat.
Characteristics: A Garbo hat has a rounded, closely fitted crown similar to a cloche, with a low set brim of medium-wide brim. Typically made of felt, the brim falls gently around the wearer’s face, giving it a relaxed, slightly floppy appearance. The waved shape of the brim is intensified when the crown is fitted more tightly on the head.
Royals Associated with this Hat Style: none in particular. The phrase “effortlessly chic” comes to mind describing Garbo hats and their royal wearers.
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What do you think of the Garbo hat?
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