This Week’s Extras

Several readers have communicated their frustration about not being able to view links to posts on Instagram without opening personal accounts there. While milliners and others in the visual arts widely use this platform to share their creations, I agree it is unfair to require a personal account for one to simply browse. As such, I’m going to experiment with a format change here, sharing two or three Instagram embedded photos of hats that have caught my eye in the post as usual but posting the others in comments, instead of links, so that everyone can see them. We’ll try this for a few weeks- please share your feedback. 

Tuesday saw a lovely array of blue and green hats on the Imperial princesses for the annual New Year Ceremony of the Utakai Hajime (poetry reading).

Brilliant observation from Prisma that the pale blue hat Princess Tsuguko wore January 14 for the New Year’s lectures has undergone renovation since its last outing.

The new millinery designs which caught my eye this week are shared below (and in the comments):

This Week’s Extras

Last Sunday, Princess Akiko wore a pink cuffed cloche to award the Japan University Rugby Football Championship.

On Friday, members of the Imperial royal family attended the annual New Year lecture at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Art Deco inspired brimless vintage pink felt design with fluted crown by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Raspberry felt pillbox with velvet side statement twist by US brand Mirabelle House Millinery
Love the origami hatband and vibrant rose on this green straw boater by British milliner Justine Bradley-Hill
Unique statement blue sinamay design with leather bougainvillea by Australia milliner Brenda Lui
Pink silk calot with flowers and unique veil of curled quills veil  by British milliner Edwina Ibbotsen
Headpiece of amber and gold silk abaca jeweled flowers by Ghanan milliner Velma Owusu-Bempah
Adore this saturated blue fedora with peacock feathers trim. By British milliner Louise Pocock.

Lovely muted pink silk abaca headpiece with leather flower and flying bow by British brand Pebelles Boutique
Striking shape on this cognac felt blocked beret by Italian milliner Monica Gamberale
Exquisite floral embroidery on this ecru felt hat with leather hatband by British milliner Julianne Holland
Neon felt cloche hats with size zipper detail by American milliner Jennifer Hoertz
Gold leather button with beautiful vine of ivy leaves by British milliner Nellie Pitts
Natural straw button with the loveliest leather anemone trim by British brand Silk & Straw Millinery
Unexpected use of plaid on this tall Kokoshnik headpiece with flower by Irish milliner Ailish McElroy

Wonderful floral embroidered hatband on this purple felt boater by Polish brand Lallu Chic
Lovely movement on this headpiece of ecru and trimmed peacock feathers by British brand Annabel Allen Millinery
Fascinating look at Dutch milliner Marianne Jongkind’s pink lace picture hat with two-level crown
Ecru silk abaca knotted headpiece studded with sinamay flowers by British milliner Awon Golding
Camel felt brimmed hat with whimsical embroidered dandelions by Australian brand This is BamBam
Blush wide brimmed saucer with statement pleated silk abaca trim by British milliner Georgina Blyth
Fantastic crocheted teapot hat by Canadian textile artist Alexandria Masse

 

 Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta, Archduchess of Austria-Este, passed away on January 10. This series of slides shows her incredible royal family connections.

 

And we end with the most wonderful family portrait released by the Danish court on the occasion of Queen Margrethe’s Golden Jubilee.

Images from Kyodo News via Getty Images and social media as indicated 

This Week’s Extras

On Friday, Princess Kako wore a black silk covered bowler hat to mark the anniversary of Emperor Showa’s death while Princess Hisako and Princess Yoko were spotted arriving at the Palace Sanctuaries in streamlined cream hats.

Numerous new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Mustard felt trilby with triple hatband and twist by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Slate blue silk covered pillbox with ivory feathers and embroidered crown by Greek milliner Stavroula Spyrou
Black bandeau with charmingly whimsical fuchsia wire flowers by Australian brand Sassy Millinery
Gold silk kokoshnik headpieces with beaded lace applique by Russian brand Russkaya Korona
Pale turquoise straw fedora with cream extended brim and trim by Australian milliner Trudie Payne
Adore the pink and apricot feather tulips on this design by Australian milliner Jo Honan
Lovely cuffed brim red parasisal trilby with veil and feathers by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Halo bandeau covered in a monochrome vine of silk flowers and leaves by Rachel Trevor Morgan
Fun feather brim on this peacock blue vintage design by British milliner Carole Curtis
Elegantly refined forest green felt fedora with beige trim by Danish brand Hornskov Hats
Striking spiky pink feather trim on this black felt pillbox by Spanish milliner Felix de Martin
Bandeau headpiece in woven tutti fruitti striped ribbon by Australian milliner Lisette Margini
Asymmetrical wide-brimmed fedora covered in pheasant feathers by British milliner Lisa Von Hallwyl

Pink vintage cellophane straw bumper with feathers by New Zealand milliner Monika Neuhauser
Navy felt teardrop percher with vintage butterfly trim by British milliner Camilla Robertson
Loden green felt hat with split crown, relaxed brim and a bit of sparkle by American milliner Laura Del Villaggio
Bandeau headpiece in woven tutti fruitti striped ribbon by Australian milliner Lisette Margini
Charcoal felt rolled brim design with striking pink and magenta ribbon trim by American milliner Leah Zani
And also from Australian milliner Jill Humphries, this wonderfully whimsical veiled pyramid of pink feathers

The Swedish royal court released lovely new portraits of Crown Princess Victoria

Sweet snaps of Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent, taken by their mother, released for their 11th birthday.

Images from social media as indicated 

Catching Up Imperial Family Milestones

In last weekend’s “Extra’s” post, we celebrated the December 5 official presentation of Princess Aiko following her 20th birthday, dazzling in a diamond tiara and necklace borrowed from her aunt, Sayako Kuroda.
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It turns out that members of the Imperial royal family also gathered for this celebration, the ladies in hats as well! Princess Kako was seen arriving at the Imperial Palace in her pale sage green silk jacquard covered calot hat with cuffed bumper brim, trimmed with a spray of silk flowers on the side.

Previously Worn: Dec 23, 2019; Apr 10, 2019
Princess Hanako repeated her dark green velvet hat with clamshell-shaped bumper brim trimed with an ostrich plume and bow at the back.  Princess Yuriko wore a turquoise printed silk draped pillbox (or maybe a toque shape?) with rolled rose and leaves made of the same fabric, placed on the side of the design. 

 Princess Hanako’s hat Previously Worn: Feb 24, 2019; Jan 14, 2015Jan 10, 2014Jan 4, 2011
Princess Nobuko looked to be wearing a new dusty pink silk covered pillbox high on the back of her head. Princess Yoko repeated her tall salmon pink silk covered pillbox wrapped in a double fringe of feathers in the same hue. Princess Akiko looked to be wearing a new cream hat with shallow crown and brim covered in a beautifully draped hatband that tied in a side bow.

Princess Yoko’s hat Previously Worn: Mar 23, 2021;  Nov 8, 2020Oct 25, 2019Apr 10, 2019
Princess Hisako repeated a salmon pink velvet pillbox with indented pork pie crown, trimmed in pink, peach and burgundy velvet applique flowers that also embellish the neck and shoulder lines of her matching gown. An interesting note from Imperial family expert Prisma- while this ensemble dates back until at least 1992, it was worn, most recently, in January 2014 by Princess Noriko! Princess Tsuguko looked to be wearing a silvery blue silk covered pillbox that I believe is new.

Previously Worn: Jan 15, 2014 (by Princess Noriko); Jan 14, 1992
Sayako Kuroda was also in attendance in a pale green silk calot covered in a ruched dotted white veil.

On December 9th, Empress Masako celebrated her 58th birthday. She arrived at the home of her parents-in-law in a pale blue silk covered bumper hat.

Sayako Kuroda was also seen arriving at the Imperial Palace to greet the Empress on her birthday in a pleated ecru calot hat.

Which ones of these eleven hats stand out most to you?

Images from social media as indicated 

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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Images from social media as indicated