Last summer, we took a closer look at several of the common hat shapes used by Angela Kelly for Queen Elizabeth’s millinery wardrobe (remember the “Diagonal Crown Hats”, the “Flat Brim Hats”, the “Teardrop Crown Hats“, the “Split Crown Hats”, the “Oblique Brim Hats” and the “Wrapped Crown Hats“?). Today, we’re going to pick up this series with a look at the “Hourglass Hats”.
The Queen at Ascot, June 18, 2010 and June 21, 2013
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at St Michael’s Mount, May 17, 2013
At the Commonwealth Leader’s Summit, November 28, 2009; At the Tower of London, October 16, 2014
Of all the Angela Kelly shapes we have seen so far, this one most loudly yells “Mad Hatter!”. I appreciate creative exploration of new hat shapes but the flared crown of this particular shape tends to make the hat look bulbous and off balance. Paired with whimsical trim, as most Kelly designed hats are, and you have a hat that looks more suited to a cartoon movie set than a royal engagement. Of the hats shown here, I think the light purple one is most successful because of its lack of trim. I admit that these hats are not my favourites but I’m curious, dear readers- what do you think?
UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth debuted a new hat in this shape in October 2014 (see more detail at this post). While this new turquoise hat does not make me love this hat shape, it takes over as my favourite in this group thanks to the saturated colour and beautifully contrasting (and restrained) black velvet trim.