Members of the Swedish royal family joined the King and Queen yesterday to officially open Swedish Parliament. The Queen led her family’s millinery stakes in a new white straw hat with short kettle brim trimmed with a ruched white silk hatband and a mass of flowers on the left side of the hat. It’s not the most exciting of designs but adds some lift and lightness to the black and white dress code of this event.
Princess Madeleine followed her elder sister’s lead with a black crin hair bow trimmed in wispy grey feathers. The use of crin on this piece makes it nearly invisible at anything but close distance, making me wonder (as I did with Victoria’s white bow), “What’s the point?”
Designer: again, unknown Previously Worn: I think this is new
While it’s always nice to see new hats and headpieces, the ongoing trend for Swedish princesses to reach for hair bow fascinators at this event leaves me deflated. Both women have some beautiful black and white hats in their wardrobes- I would love to see them reach for those designs and leave these twee hairbows for their daughters. Your thoughts?
Photos from Getty as indicated; IBL and Stella Pictures
On July 12th, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended the 53rd National Blood Donation Promotion convention in Akita. Crown Princess Masako wore an ice blue bumper hat to match her suit.
Queen Sonja wore a white wool beret with wool flower trim to open Riddu Riđđu, an international indigenous festival in Kåfjord in Nord-Troms (Royal House of Norway)
At the Oliver Brown top hat stand, salesman Charlie Mingay is doing a solid trade in antique, one-of-a-kind toppers. He explained: “The looms that makes this sort of plush silk have been out of production since 1968, so there is a finite supply, and a very high demand.” The most expensive of the black hats on display is £8,000. As of Friday morning he had sold eight, including one to Mike Tindall. The former England rugby captain has a surprisingly small bonce: a size seven. Or, as Mingay put it: “Big guy, peanut head.”
On July 9th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 100th anniversary of the National Welfare Committee in Tokyo. Empress Michiko repeated her large white raised rim saucer with pale grey bow.
I’m seeing boater hats are popping up all over the place (see here, here, here, and here!). Here are the other hats that caught my eye this week (I’d love to see what you are liking- please share in the comments!):
Crown Princess Victoria wore a small headpiece above her chignon in white silk, covered with the same pink lace appliqué butterflies that embellished her dress. The dress is definitely the star here and I understand why a non-competing headpiece was chosen, but I think her white ringed headpiece with roses would have given this ensemble a better sense of occasion that this headpiece- essentially, a decorated barrette.
Designer: Victoria’s dress is by Pär Engsheden and I suspect the headpiece is as well. Previously Worn: this headpiece is new
Princess Estelle’s braided hairstyle was embellished with some of the same pink lace butterflies from her mum’s dress and headpiece. This use of the butterflies, I heartily applaud! Such a sweet touch.
Queen Silvia repeated her turquoise straw calot hat with silk flower trim. The first time she wore this piece, it was placed over the crown of her head as calots are usually worn but today, she moved the hat forward on the right side of her face, almost as a cocktail hat. Today’s placement allows the swirling cuff of the piece to be visible and this sense of movement lightens the look of the hat- a brilliant move for a summer event such as this.
Designer: unknown. My guess is Kerstin Carlefalk Previously Worn: June 1, 2015
Princess Madeleine topped her pale slate blue floral dress with a matching vertical straw saucer hat trimmed with silk roses and straw twists. Madeleine has embraced these vertical sauces in recent years and wears them very well. The scale and colour are particularly lovely on her.
The biggest millinery surprise of the day appeared with Princess Sophia, who wore the largest hat we’ve seen her wear to date. In black straw, the design features a wide brim and large bow, both edged in pale pink straw. The brim is split on the left side of the piece with one side of the split tucked in behind the bow, giving the piece the most wonderful sense of movement around the back and side. The graphic contrast of the hat works so well with Sophia’s floral dress and while the hat packs a lot of visual punch, Sofia carries it, beautifully.
Designer: Whiteley Previously Worn: This hat is new
Three of King Carl Gustaf’s sisters were also in attendance today, along with Countess Marianne Bernadotte. Princess Christina topped her black floral dress with a white dotted disc hat embellished in black and white feathers. Princess Birgitta wore a small white feathered headpiece while Princess Désirée wore an elegant, Chanel inspired wide brimmed black straw hat with silk hatband and pale pink silk camellia on the side. Countess Marianne repeated a headpiece of cream silk flowers and gold, arrow trimmed feathers.
Family of Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg were joined by close royal friends at the Evangelische Stadtkirche in Bad Berleburg, Germany this morning to pay tribute to the prince who died unexpectedly on March 13 at the age of 83. His wife, Princess Benedikte of Denmark, led her family in a black bumper hat with diagonal stripes on the cuff brim.
Crown Princess Mary repeated her Susanne Juul designed hat with tall, squared felt crown and straw brim, trimmed with a pair of black feathers while Princess Marie repeated her looped black silk ribbon headpiece.
Queen Silvia wore a larger scale black felt hat with short, upturned Kettle brim trimmed with a wide, folded silk hatband and knotted sash. Princess Madeleine, who is Princess Benedikte’s goddaughter, wore a simple black headband.
Canadian Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon arrived in Stockholm yesterday for the start of a four-day state visit. They were greeted at the royal palace by King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia.
Queen Silvia used the occasion to debut a new blue calot hat which topped her matching suit.
A photo shared by the designer gives a great view of this design. The moulded calot base, in blue felt, is embellished with an overlay of widely woven net tulle on the bottom half. Mixed feather trim on the side completes the piece and gives the hat a pop of colour and texture.
Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk Previously Worn: This hat is new
Once inside the palace, the King, Queen and Canadian guests were joined by Princess Madeleine, Chris O’Neil, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia (Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are abroad on private vacation with their family). Princess Madeleine balanced her printed dress with a simple black headband.
Princess Sofia topped her sleek white dress in a headpiece not from a milliner, but from Danish jeweller Ole Lynggaard. With gold leaves and pearl berries, the headpiece contrasted nicely against Sofia’s dark hair. It’s an unusual but very interesting choice for a royal headpiece (not one I’m entirely sure is suited to a daytime event) that worked beautifully with Sofia’s pearl earrings. We’ve not seen the newest Swedish princess experiment much with millinery and it’s great to see her step out of the box with this choice.
Designer: Ole Lynggaard Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
What did you think of this pair of new designs in Sweden yesterday?