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If Alexa Chung taught us anything — other than that hairbrushes are our enemy and bourbon our friend — it’s to never underestimate the power of a good hat. Like a swipe of red lipstick for your head, a hat can instantly endow you with retro polish, downtown street cred or a nonchalant je ne sais quoi. And now that fall is definitely here, they’re also kind of a necessity.
As sure as you can count on a basket-bearing bunny to bring loads of chocolate each and every Easter, you can count on the Brits to dust off their hatboxes and don fancy toppers for Sunday services across the pond. Yesterday, Queen Elizabeth, The Countess of Wessex, and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice stepped out at Windsor Castle in all manner of millinery, some subdued and some less so.
You’re cold. We’re cold. In fact, it seems like everyone is cold these days (even Californians, although we’re pretty sure that has something to do with this phenomenon). But until the day when we can all stay snug under our duvet and hibernate for a few months of every year, venturing out into the chilly winds and blustery snow is pretty much inevitable. So to make your commute — or trip to the corner store for weekend provisions — a little more bearable, we’ve found some hats, mitts, scarves, gloves, and other winter necessities that are not only cozy, but stylish too!
Today marked the third day of the annual Royal Ascot, in which fancy British people wear fancy hats to watch fancy horses race.
Today marks the start of the Royal Ascot, a five-day
hat horse race. The royal family (minus Prince William, Prince Harry, and Kate Middleton), notable Brits, and other Brits headed to Berkshire to watch animals run around, but we’ve got our eyes on their toppers.
From wide brims to fascinators, every style of hat was out in full force at yesterday’s 138th Kentucky Derby. The race, billed as the “most exciting two minutes in sports,” is also the most exciting day of quirky millinery this side of the Atlantic.
Those royals sure do know a thing or two about fancy hat battles. Behold: an Easter topper showdown!
Fancy royal hats are among our favorite things, and today’s Maundy Thursday service in York has inspired us to declare a fancy hat smackdown.
This was the week of hats! So many awesome hats! This was also the week Anna Wintour accepted a Webby, Lady Gaga‘s meat dress went on display, and Carolina Herrera was confirmed as Twilight‘s wedding dress designer. And have you seen Elle Fanning‘s stunning Marie Claire editorial? Because you should.
Since we don’t do the whole Royal Wedding here in the states, the next best bet for fancy women’s millinery is the Kentucky Derby, the horse race at which every lady in attendance is expected to wear som seriously extravagant headgear. But in the aftermath of all the hats on display at Westminster Abbey a week ago, the question on the mind of every hat-loving lady in the United States was, “Will the Derby live up to that?”
When the Daily Telegraph‘s Hilary Alexander pointed out Queen Elizabeth‘s surprisingly trendy military jacket, it got us thinking about the Queen’s style in general. Because when we see the Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces in a military jacket designed by her royal dressmaker, we think Balmain. Sure, she wears a lot of pastel suits, but there’s something kind of nuanced about it all.
We’re still not sure just how real Anna Dello Russo‘s eponymous website is, but her latest post is one of the best things we’ve read all day. If her Fashion Week rules tickled your fancy, you’ll love her tips for wearing “the summer’s cheerful spirit” on your head. As always, her prose is full of CAPS and grammatical
If you’re a milliner, the point of a runway presentation is to get people to look at your hats. But when Charlie Le Mindu sent a few nude models down a London runway yesterday, attendees of his show didn’t know where to look — or not look — first.
On the most somber of occasions, normally what we like to do is let the way we dress reflect the sadness or seriousness of what’s going on around us. But apparently if you’re royalty, that rule does not apply.
The Kentucky Derby is only a few days away, and while we don’t have any idea what horses or jockies will be competing at the races, we do have something else to look forward to: the hats, the dresses, the hats… Did we mention how excited we are about those hats? So rest assured, come Monday, we’ll be bringing you photos of our favorite Kentucky Derby toppers, but for now, you can marinate on Derby outfits past. From the elegant to the absolutely ridiculous, here are our favorite Derby photos.
Headgear is one of the most underrated accessories a woman or man can don to complete an outfit. And I’m not talking about the brace-face you used to have in high school –- these toppers are classy conversation pieces. In particular, the hats seen in the Comme des Garçons Spring 2010 collection left everybody talking.
Hold onto your lunches, folks, because nothing says tasteful like some good old-fashioned taxidermy. And what could be more appetizing than hats made out of roadkill?