The Countess of Wessex attended Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot today in a hat described by the designer as an “elegant sinamay cocktail hati with fan twists”.
Jill: Although not my favorite, I like that the Countess of Wessex is having fun with her hats. The colors are very pretty on her and it is a lovely tonal match with her outfit. The combination of textures is very nice as well, I just don’t think it is the most flattering shape.
Fiona: I am loving her colour scheme today, but I think the whole look is not sharp enough for ladies day especially the split neckline on her blouse. The shape and size of the pillbox is beautiful and I quite like the bouclé- type fabric covering, but not sure it is blocked so neatly. The trimming just doesn’t work – the fan of jinsin should have been a huge statement or not at all and the skinny jinsin knot looks like an afterthought. The concept of the hat has a lot of merit but I don’t think it was executed so well.
Christie: I think the concept is right, the colours are there but the finishing is just not up to scratch. The base piece is puckered at the front and there is a thread hanging on the Countess’ face, the pleated jinsin bind seems to have flopped forward and the long jinsin drape just doesn’t work at all. What a shame! This could have looked beautiful if more time and effort went in to the design and finishing. I do love what the Countess is wearing today.
Royal Hats: I think a lot of us have been waiting for Sophie to bring a major statement piece of millinery to Royal Ascot and I’m so sorry to agree that this one falls short (ironic for such a tall hat). I just can’t unsee that hanging thread.
Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the “Vermeer” design from SS 2016
Previously Worn: This hat is new