Princess Benedikte was in Hannover, Germany yesterday to open Freizeitmesse ABF 2017, a large leisure trade fair with over 800 exhibitors offering products related to hobbies, gardening, travel and the like. For this event, she repeated a papakha hat in striking burgundy/purple faux fur.
The colour is not the only interesting design feature on this hat- you’ll note below that the faux fur is embedded on the left side with several rows of what looks like black leather ruffles. These ruffles have always perplexed me a little (what’s the point?) although I suppose they provide a bit of embellishment to a hat that does not lend itself to a flower or bow plonked on the side.
Previously Worn: Oct 7, 2008 and likely others
While these papakha style hats are obviously well suited to winter engagements (and faux fur really doesn’t lend itself to many other millinery shapes), I don’t always find them attractive. Princess Benedikte’s mix of grey suit and purple accessories works well to balance this piece and makes for a smart ensemble. What do you think of this purple furry hat?
Photos from Michael Wallmüller and Tim Schaarschmidt