Some of you have been eagerly awaiting a review of the black hats in Queen Elizabeth’s millinery closet. In preparing this inventory, I came a across an interesting subgroup of hats that I’m calling the “Black Ands”- hats that are partially black and partially another colour. Since 2000, Queen Elizabeth has worn fourteen designs that fit this classification and I thought a peek at them today would be a great prelude to our look at her black hats tomorrow. Here are all the “Black Ands” we have seen Queen Elizabeth wear this millennium, in general order of introduction:
1. 2. 3.
Designer: unconfirmed. Likely either Frederick Fox or Philip Somerville
Introduced: all prior to 2000 (these outings were photographed Oct 24, 2000; Nov 29, 2001 and Feb 24, 2002)
4. 5. 6.
Designer: Philip Somerville; unknown; unknown
Introduced: Dec 31, 1999; Oct 6, 2002; Oct 13, 2002
7. 8. 9.
Designer: Philip Somerville; Rachel Trevor Morgan; unknown
Introduced: Nov 24, 2005; May 7, 2007; May 2, 2008
Designer: unknown; Philip Somerville
Introduced: Oct 23, 2008; May 7, 2009
Designer: all are Angela Kelly
Introduced: May 7, 2009; Oct 27; 2009; Mar 3, 2011
Some of these pieces will no doubt be familiar as they have seen high profile events or frequent wear (#5, #11, #14) while others might seem new. I have long admired the punchy high contrast of #8 and delicacy of #10 and haven’t lost hope that we’ll see them trotted out again.
Now over to you, dearest readers- what pieces stand out most to you? What makes one partially black hat work while another does not?
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