This Week’s Extras

Back on November 8, Crown Princess Kiko wore an ivory pillbox to relay a recorded message for a national convention.
Infanta Elena in her chocolate fedora with striped hatband on November 27 at Madrid Horse week
On November 30, Princess Nobuko wore a pale blue brimmed hat with double bow on the side for an anniversary celebration of the Nara Prefecture Red Cross.

The Duchess of Gloucester in a new navy hat with cuffed black faux fur brim last Sunday at St. Paul’s Cathedral

Princess Hisako wore a charcoal felt hat with pork pie crown and upturned brim with pompom flower and blue silk hatband for a national convention in Okayama today.

The Duke of Cambridge in a smart flat cap for promo shots for his episode of “Time to Walk” which will be released on Monday

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Burnt orange textured racing cap by American milliner Lisa McFadden
Stunning green silk turban with gold leather feather by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Exquisite black crin headpiece with applique flowers by London-based milliner Rafa Pienador
Two-toned felt fedora with stacked Petersham hatband by British milliner Louise Pocock
Fantastic headpiece of ombre blue silk feathers by Australian milliner Lauren J. Ritchie
Spanish milliner Nina Pawlowsky in a spectacular purple design of her own making, on St. Catherine’s Day
Black straw halo bandeau with applique lace and pearl trim by Irish milliner Ailish McElroy
Bright yellow velour felt cloche with ribbon cockade by Swiss milliner Michaela Temperli
Black trilby with pink ombre stitched hatband by British milliner Stephen Jones
Turquoise and dove grey colour blocked felt hat with slim hatband by German milliner Susanne Scheepers
Pink and ivory sinamay saucer with crin and sparkling bead trim by US brand Suzanne Couture Millinery
Blue straw stylised top hat with rolled brim and twist trim by East Village Hats in NYC
Burgundy felt trilby and fedora with scarlet hatband and gold star by British milliner Jess Collett
Electric blue felt boater with beaded fringe by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Leaf green boucle covered pillbox with beautiful autumnal hued silk flowers by Norwegian milliner Mon Strand

 

Congratulations to Flora Vesterberg on her new role with the Victoria & Albert Museum (Tatler)
Princess Aiko has come of age! I love that the tiara work for her presentation was borrowed from her aunt, Sayako Kuroda
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This Week’s Extras

On November 26, Princess Hisako wore a pink silk covered hat with kettle brim and floral folded hatband with silk flower trim.

On Wednesday, Queen Máxima repeated her grass-green straw hat with upturned brim by Fabienne Delvigne during a visit she and the king made to Abu Dhabi.

Princess Nobuko in a blue fabric covered hat on Thursday with a domed crown, upturned brim and bow trim for a meeting of the Japanese Red Cross in Iizuka.

On Friday, Princess Hisako wore a hat covered in oyster silk with feather spray and short upturned brim for the 130th anniversary of the Shizuoka City Red Cross. The fabric placement on the hat is very unique- do enlarge the photos below for a closer look!

I thought I’d turn the tables this month and ask for what hats are catching YOUR eyes?! Please share Instagram or website links in the comments.

Our collective condolences are extended to Crown Princess Kiko on the death of her father, Professor Tatsuhiko Kawashima.
Sweet photos shared by Nicholas and Alina Medforth-Mills of their daughter’s first birthday
And we end this exchange, that left the Princess Royal in stitches!

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This Week’s Extras

Queen Margrethe repeated her spotted grey sealskin bumper hat in Greenland this week
Many thanks to reader Molly, who shared this documentary (register to watch for free) on “The Hats of Jerusalem” hosted by the George Washington Museum’s textiles department.
On Tuesday, Princess Akiko of Mikasa attended the 19th National Self-Defense Forces Award Ceremony in a grey hat with mushroom brim and bow.

 

On Thursday, Princess Hisako opened a home exhibition in a hat with pale pistachio textured crown and jauntily upturned short brim. On Friday, she attended a photography exhibition in a charming beret design embellished with monochrome leaves

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Amazing lace trimmed headpiece by Australian sculptural milliner Brett Morley
Striking vine headpiece of black feather flowers by Australian milliner Rachel Henry
Deep eggplant teardrop beret with purple and gold crin trim by US milliner Maria Etkind
The prettiest wrapped pillbox with flying bow in peach crin by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Vibrant halo bandeau with burnt feather trim by Canadian milliner Jay Cheng
Striking colour blocked fedora in emerald and fuchsia by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Adore the embroidery and floral trim on this duck egg blue bandeau by Australian milliner Reny Kestel
Raspberry straw boater with triple layered brim and burnt feathers by Australian brand Amelda Millinery
Woven blue teardrop beret with the loveliest monochrome floral trim by British milliner Karen Geraghty
Love the texture on this woven blue straw newsboy cap by Dutch milliner Josemieke Crebolder
Beautiful quilled straw halo bandeau headpieces by Australian milliner Lisette Margini
Acid green striped mohair bucket hat by French milliner Anthony Peto
Fantastic texture & shine on this woven bandeau with metallic flowers by Australian milliner Kylie Heagney
Blown away by this Meissen porcelain-inspired headpiece by British milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan

 

We begin a new week with another lovely landscape photo from James Ogilvy

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Imperial New Year’s Poetry Reading 2021

Last Friday, The New Year’s Poetry Reading (Ceremony of the Utakai Hajime) took place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Closeup views of the hats worn to this event again show their beautiful detail, something which I thought warranted a second look!

Crown Princess Kiko Kiko repeated the pale lime silk jacquard floral gown with matching bumper hat she first wore last November for the Rikkoshi-Senmei-no-Gi. It’s an impeccably made piece with cuffed brim covered in wide bias alternating sections of  smooth and smocked silk, the same lime silk jacquard of her gown. Smocking is not something we see on many royal hats and it lends such textural dimension to the piece. Princess Mako repeated her turquoise silk covered bumper hat with, as this picture shows, a wonderful layered, striped silk bow at the back. Princess Kako repeated her lemon yellow silk jacquard bandeau trimmed with silk flowers on the sides.

Designer: unknown
Crown Princess Kiko’s hat was previously worn: Nov 8, 2020
Princess Mako’s hat was previously worn: Nov 18, 2019; Jan 11, 2019; Jan 12, 2018; Jan 11, 2017; Dec 23, 2013
Princess Kako’s hat was previously worn:  Nov 10, 2020; Nov 18, 2019; Feb 26, 2019;
Feb 24, 2019; Jan 14, 2015

Princess Nobuko topped her denim blue beaded gown with a matching pillbox covered entirely in feathers and worn back on the crown of her head. It’s a lovely scale and colour on Nobuko and the movement and texture provided by the feathers makes it a fantastic piece to accompany her gown. Princess Akiko repeated her pale yellow bumper hat trimmed in a wrap of pleated crin and generous spray of silk flowers at the back.

Designer: unknown
Princess Nobuko’s hat:  I believe it is new
Princess Akiko’s hat was previously worn:  Nov 8, 2020;  Oct 25, 2019; Apr 10, 2019

 

Princess Hisako repeated her vibrant green low-crowned bowler hat with curved brim and slim hatband, trimmed wiht a mass of green feathers at the back. The different shades of green on the feather trim makes this hat come alive, linking with the green embroidery on Hisako’s gown and giving the monochrome ensemble lightness and lift.

Designer: unknown
Previously worn: Oct 29, 2019; Jan 16, 2019

The only new hat at this event was an ice blue, short-brimmed design on Princess Tsuguko. The small scale design gets visual impact from the trilby-esque curved brim and hatband of silk leaves that encircle it, linking with the vine pattern in the silk jacquard of her jacket and skirt. It looks to me like the hat is covered in plain silk and the leaves cut from the printed jacquard silk (same as the gown), a subtle touch that makes the all blue ensemble less one note.

Designer: unknown
Previously worn: I believe this is new

Again, these closer views of these hats show great detail and utterly impeccable finishing. They are so very, very,  beautifully made.

Which hats here stood out most to you?

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Imperial New Year’s Lectures 2021

The Imperial New Year’s Lectures (Ceremony of the Kousho Hajime) were finally held Tuesday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Crown Princess Kiko repeated a grey-blue silk brocade gown with shimmering beaded bodice. Her half hat, in the same silk, features crisp pointed corners on each side and stripes of slim silver beads across the crown. Princess Mako repeated an ice blue silk jacquard and matching half hat with short, upfolded brim. The closeup photo seen below shows beautiful detail on the hat- tiny sparkling beads around the brim edge like those around the collar of Mako’s gown, and the loveliest white and blue silk flowers. Princess Kako rounded out the Akishino’s trio of blue in her deep royal silk gown and matching bumper hat with intricately beaded brim edge.

Designer: unknown
Crown Princess Kiko’s hat was previously worn: Jan 12, 2016; Jan 15, 2014
Princess Mako’s hat was previously worn: Jan 16, 2020; Apr 30, 2019; Jan 15, 2016
Princess Kako’s hat was previously worn: Jan 16, 2020; Oct 29, 2019; Apr 30, 2019; Jan 9, 2015

Princess Nobuko paired her terra cotta pink gown with an oversize silk floral headpiece. It’s a departure from much of the Imperial millinery we see, making it a favourite for me!

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Oct 29, 2019

Princess Akiko Princess Yoko repeated pillbox hats, Akiko’s in lime-yellow silk with beaded detail on the side and Yoko’s in salmon pink with layered stripes of feather trim.

Designer: unknown
Princess Akiko’s hat was previously worn: April 30, 2019; Jan 14, 2015; Jan 10, 2014
Princess Yoko’s hat was previously worn: Nov 8, 2020; Oct 25, 2019Apr 10, 2019

Princess Hisako wore a deep purple stylized bowler hat with ostrich plume at the back. The lattice printed silk of her gown is repeated on the hat’s wide hatband. Princess Tsuguko repeated her green silk jacquard covered pillbox hat with layered sash across the top of the hat embroidered with the same vine pattern as on the collar of her gown. The lily-of-the-valley blooms that originally embellished this hat have been removed, a detail I’m a little sorry to see.

Designer: unknown
Princess Hisako’s hat was previously worn: I believe this hat is new
Princess Tsuguko’s hat was previously worn: Feb 23, 2020; Oct 25, 2019; May 4, 2019

The views of these hats show more detail than we usually see and my, are these details impeccable. The beading is particularly fine and makes me wish we could see all Imperial hats at close view simply to admire how beautifully they are made.

It’s been a long while since we had such a group of hats to admire- which designs here stood out most to you?

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