During recent discussion about Queen Elizabeth’s newest purple chapeau, several of you referenced other hats with this same shape. Indeed- there are several other iterations of this Angela Kelly design, one I am calling the “Square Crown & Kettle Brim”:
Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving, June 5, 2012; In Germany, June 26, 2015;
Attending the Commonwealth Heads of State Summit in Malta, Nov 27, 2015;
90th Birthday Service of Thanksgiving on June 10 and Patron’s Lunch, June 12, 2016
Celebrating 60 years of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Nov 24, 2016
Since this post was originally published, four more variations of this style have been added:
The kettle brim, is upfolded at 90 degrees to create a cuff-looking edge, is a good design feature for the Queen as it allows her a slightly larger scale brim without obscuring her face from view. This handsome shape lends itself well to embellishment… which is where its downfall is also found. I think just one hat in this bunch has the right balance of froufrou – the pale yellow and grey design in the top- a balance that we saw last week is a little precarious. The others, I’m afraid, are a warning against fussy, overmixed textures and trimmings. I think the strong lines of this design work best with a “less is more” hand at embellishment.
I am curious, dear readers, what do you think of this signature Kelly design?
Jump over here for an index of other signature shapes Angela Kelly has designed for Queen Elizabeth