Queen Máxima Presents Prix de Rome

Queen Máxima was at the Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam today to attend the Prix de Rome award, a scholarship for arts students established in 1663 during the reign of Louis XIV of France. She showed some of her own artistic flair, turning up in a wonderful colour blocked dress topped with her rounded pillbox hat. The simple hat, which is trimmed with a flat, layered bow at the back, was a great counterpoint to the vibrant dress and balanced it beautifully. I love the ensemble (even the costume earrings worked!) and think it is one of Máxima’s best of the year.

Queen Máxima, December 17, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, December 17, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, December 17, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, December 17, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, December 17, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, December 17, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: May 4, 2015November 10, 2014; November 2, 2013
Sometimes a simple hat is all an ensemble needs to elevate it from fine to fabulous! What do you think of Queen Máxima’s hat choice today?
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29 thoughts on “Queen Máxima Presents Prix de Rome

  1. Queen Máxima’s pillbox and her overall look, is very 1960s. The colorful dress was just right for a visit to an Arts Centre. This is one of my favorite pillboxes.

  2. This is a definite win for Maxima. I note that someone has said it’s a tribal print but to me it looks more like one of Matisse’s collage pieces – bright and fun. Her accessories are just right and I don’t even mind the black hose (long, black boots would have looked v. chic as well), something which I normally don’t like. Job well done, ma’am.

  3. This is an ensemble that works so, so well! A lot of things in this outfit I would not care for so much on their own or paired with something else, but Máxima brings it all together in a very chic way. I’m glad this pillbox has the bow detailing on it to make it more fun. Brava!

  4. But the dress doesn’t fit! It’s all saggy and baggy. I also find it garish. The hat’s great, but the hair just looks shoved underneath all anyhow. Oh Maxima…

  5. Can you imagine what this outfit would have looked like had Queen Maxima chosen a colored hat, earrings, shoes or purse? The black makes the over-the-top dress stand out, but yet the outfit does not look clown-like. I like the size of today’s hat too; one of her fabulous large hats would have been ridiculous with such a dress. Fantastic.

  6. Love this hat but as Christina has pointed out – it’s too dressy for this ensemble. I think the pattern on the dress is silly and the colors are too harsh. I grade this a D.

  7. Love it. The simple hat and black accessories let the appropriately wacky dress stand on its own. Bonus points for updo, that is a great look with her pillboxes.

  8. I have to disagree with you on this. I find the hat too dressy for the ensemble. That is quite a casual looking dress and the hat looks like it should be with a suit or a more simple, classic dress. Also, the photos might be deceiving, but the main color of the dress appears to be navy blue, not black. Again, the photo may be the problem, but the combination of her complexion and the blond streaks in her hair with the mustard yellow of the dress was not her best look.

    • Interesting observation about the blue vs. black. In full length photos there appears to be a distinct break at hip level where dark blue meets black. In other pics the same areas definitely look black. Oh to be able to see these things in person! 🙂

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