If you have followed the whereabouts of the Duke of Cambridge this week, you’ll know he is in the midst of a trip to Japan and China. Earlier today, he paid a visit to the set of a historical drama at NHK Public Broadcasting Studios in Tokyo where he was offered to try out the costume of a Samurai warrior. The resulting photos are wonderful and the hat- well, it makes the British bearskins look downright boring in comparison!
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On Thursday this week, the Exhibition of Ikebana (traditional Japanese flower arrangement) in Tokyo was attended by Princess Hanako. For this event, the Princess, who is Honorary President of Japan Ikebana Art Association, wore a pale periwinkle blue variation of a bowler hat with raised brim on one side. I am not usually a fan of this hat shape but the asymmetrical raised brim transforms this hat style into something fashionably modern and the colour looks wonderful on Princess Hanako. It’s a rather chic hat, don’t you agree?
Yesterday, Princess Hisako of Hitatchi travelled to Osaka to attend the 9th Japan Bio Venture Awards. Princess Hisako topped her cream suit with a tan felt curved-brim Sailor hat trimmed with a grosgrain ribbon around the crown and feathery ‘claw’ cascading from the back. While the feathery ‘claw’ is not very attractive on its own, I like this hat better with it than I would if it were removed. The Countess of Wessex has a hat with similar trim and both hats benefit from the lift, focus and slight edginess this trim brings. This hat style works very well for Princess Hisako and the combination of her hat, suit and jewellery make for a very stylish ensemble.
I used the words “chic” and “stylish” to describe these two Imperial royal hats- these two Japanese Princesses have certainly stepped up their hat game so far in 2015. Well done!
55 years ago today, Princess Alexandra of Kent stepped out in this large, lemon chiffon yellow braided pillbox hat with matching coat. The event was a visit to the London Association for the Blind in Peckham on February 27, 1960 – don’t you think she looked the epitome of early 1960s style?
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The large, rounded brim (similar to a mushroom) makes this hat shape rather distinctive… and perhaps slightly reminiscent of a 1960s era lampshade. Kelly consistently pairs this rounded brim with a flat crown, a pairing which works well to balance the hat. What works less well, in my humble opinion, is the proportion of this hat on a petite queen. I think it’s slightly too big for Her Majesty and slightly overwhelms her fine features. The palest pink hat (with feathers, above center) has a slightly smaller brim than the rest of the hats in this genre and this scale reduction works very well (minus the haphazard feathers). I’m not sure the hat will ever shake it’s retro feel but that’s also what I kind of like about it. What do you, dear readers, think of this particular millinery design?
In early February, the Swedish Royal Family attended the funeral of a family friend. For this event, Princess Victoria wore a black felt Garbo hat with wide brim, trimmed with a simple grosgrain band and bow at the base of the crown. The last time we saw this hat, it was at a similarly sombre occasion but was without the band and bow trim. This simple piece of trim significantly changes this hat and this makes me curious, dear readers, if you are in camp “Bow” or “No Bow”?
It seems that those of us watching royal hats love a good fedora. Over the past year, we have seen three navy fedora hats on three different royal heads. The shape, scale and embellishments have been different but the chic and effortlessly stylish nature of a fedora has certainly been present in each hat. The question remains, dearest readers, who do you think wore it best?