This Week’s Extras

Imperial princesses in ivory silk covered hats on Thursday to attend the Autumn Equinox Festival at the Three Palace Sanctuaries.

On September 17, Queen Margrethe visited the Army Officers’ School at Frederiksberg Castle to unveil two new art projects aimed at supporting the dissemination of officers in the Army. She repeated her navy felt hat with rounded crown, gently raised kettle brim and wide silk hatband with tied bow at the side.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Wonderful leather designs by Australian milliner Tracy Mackinnon
Headpiece of three outstanding flower poufs by Australian milliner Lauren J. Ritchie
Stunning mocha straw fedora by British milliner Louise Pocock
Statement peach straw top hat with feather flowers by Dutch milliner Josemieke Crebolder
Bandeau headpiece of hand rolled red organza ruffles by British milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan
Simply exquisite pink feather headpiece by Australian milliner Belinda Osbourne
Fuchsia button with deep orange silk tulip trim by British milliner Anne Tomlin
Black percher with crin brim and fantastic feather flowers by Australian milliner Rebecca Share
Scarlet sinamay saucer with burnt feathers by London-based milliner Merve Bayindir
Adore the colourful trim on this bandeau headpiece by Irish milliner Laura Hanlon
Love the asymmetrical brim on this sinamay design with navy bow by British milliner Stephen Jones
Silver sinamay button with mixed satin & sinamay twists by British brand Lomax and Skinner
Wonderful lines and texture on this sage fine straw fedora by Australian milliner Jill Humphries

Wonderful photo of the Luxembourg extended royal family taken before a concert on what would have been the late Grand Duke Jean’s 100th birthday

Images from social media as indicated 

This Week’s Extras

Pale bumper hats on Empress Masako, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako Friday to mark the anniversary of Emperor Meiji’s death

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Amazing braidwork on this swirling golden cap by American milliner Katie Allen
Floating headpiece of black feather lotus flowers and quills by Australian milliner Belinda Osborne
Swirled orange straw rosette headpiece by British milliner Karen Geraghty
Creative, unexpected and slightly zany fish and tea trimmed perchers by Israeli milliner Maor Zabar
Turquoise button percher with gravity-defying sinamay and floral trim by British milliner Yuan LI
Colour blocked newsboy cap by Italian brand Marone Hats
Halo bandeau entirely handwoven from wheat! Beautiful work by British milliner Josephine Willis

Charming denim blue swirled straw hat by British brand John Boyd Hats
Black halo bandeau with textural pompom trim by Scottish milliner Stephanie Gallen
Darling palest blue straw cloche with slim hatband by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Orange straw freeform straw hat with wonderful blue curled straw ribbon trim by British milliner Louise Wilson
Astounding design by Australian milliner Kerry Hayes for the MIMC2021 competition in interlocking triangles
Pink sinamay saucer with the loveliest crin swirled rose trim by British milliner Tracey Miller
Emerald turban with statement ruffle by Nigerian milliner Bima Samuel Ofoneke
Palest lilac freeform hat with silvery grey vines mall made of thermoplastic by UK-based milliner Guilia Mio

The Belgian monarchy shared clips of Princess Elisabeth on a 3-day military course
And finally, congratulations to The Princess Royal who is set to become the first female Captain-General of the Royal Marines.

Images from social media as indicated 

This Week’s Extras

Also on Wednesday, Empress Masako and Princess Mako were in hats to mark the anniversary of Empress Kojun’s death

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Patterned pink straw hat with darling lace butterfly trim by Ghanan milliner Velma Owusu Bempah
Lime waved disc with crin brim and silk flowers by London-based Irish milliner Philip Treacy
Striking white and gold leather folded pinwheel design by British Milliner Jennifer Rowley
Charming blue straw capulet with straw flowers and leaves by French brand Mei Mei France Chapeaux
Forrest green velvet bandeau headpiece with leafy vine by Scottish milliner Sarah Macgregor-Norrie
Adore the soft but strong statement made by this peach brimmed hat by Australian milliner Chris Mullane

Wonderful spring green brimmed hat with straw loops and feather by German milliner Ulrike Strelow
Exquisite 3D lace applique trimmed bandeaux headpieces by Tasmanian milliner Cessiah Alice
White teardrop percher with whimsical purple daisies by Australian brand Monroe Millinery
Sky blue bandeau with beautiful silk and velvet flowers by British milliner Inna Walker
Navy straw vertical saucer with gravity-defying fuchsia ribbon by London-based Filipa Cardoso
“Lemon Drop” design with fantastic graphic brim by Australian milliner Angie Jackman

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?

Images from social media as indicated

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?

Images from social media as indicated