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 Cuffed 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 on June 12, 2016;
Celebrating 60 years of the Duke off Edinburgh Awards, Nov 24, 2016
The folded cuff brim is a great 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