Many of you have been patiently waiting for a continuation of the hat inventories we have been building. We’re going to tackle black hats next, beginning with the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate currently has nine different black designs in her millinery closet. Here they are in the order they have been introduced:
1. 2. 3.
Designer: Philip Treacy; Whitely, Silvia Fletcher for Lock and Co
First Worn: December 15, 2006; January 7, 2011; June 11, 2011
Designer: Jane Corbett; Lock and Co.; Lock and Co.
First Worn: November 13, 2011; March 8, 2012; June 13, 2013
*UPDATE A ninth hat with upswept brim was added November 13, 2016
Before becoming a Duchess, Kate wore several hats to high profile events. Note the black lattice brimmed design with black and white feathers by Philip Somerville to Prince William’s induction into the Order of the Garter in June 2008 and the Aurora designed wide brimmed staw hat with feathers worn to the wedding of friends just before her engagement announcement in October 2010, pictured below. Interestingly, these hats were both hired and thus, never made it into Kate’s permanent millinery wardrobe. The third hat below is a straw pillbox with curling bow tail and tulle veil by Jane Corbett that Kate wore to Peter and Autumn Phillips’ wedding in May 2008 that I suspect was a purchased design but one that has not been repeated, so far.
Some of you may also remember Kate wearing this corduroy fedora, this embellished straw headpiece, and this feathered fascinator during her years as a royal girlfriend, none of which have been repeated since her marriage.
Looking at the nine black hats currently in use, there is a mix of shape, embellishment, scale and material. While I’d love to see a few more brimmed designs brought into circulation, this group covers more diversity than I usually associate with Kate’s hats and, from this view, have potential to cover a wide array of events. I particularly like the subtle touches of whimsy (flying bows on #4 and #6, butterfly on #7) that keep these pieces from looking overly dour.
What do you think of Kate’s black hats?