A new look

POSTED 06 August 2012

I’ve been planning to publish a post on royal hats for some time but the half-finished article has languished on my computer desk top for several weeks.

I’m always happy to talk about the wonderful hats worn by the Duchess of Cambridge or the Duchess of Cornwall but I’ve really nothing new to say, a viewpoint that differs from all those other articles, comments and posts I have been reading.  

But recently I’ve been delighting in the hats that Princess Eugenie has been wearing and surprisingly there is little written about her style. Some journalists love a disaster so there are plenty of ho-ho-how-funny comments on her royal wedding millinery but it was a couple of her softer more sculpted hats that caught my eye because of their originality. With clear resonances of the 1947 Dior New Look her millinery looked both youthful and sophisticated but can I find a picture, no, a web search has produced zero results. But then I remembered I had seen pictures of the Queen as a young woman in the 1950’s wearing similar hats which set me off in another direction with my image research.

These how stunning are these hats? And so like the ones Princess Eugenie has been wearing.

And then the Autumn/Winter collections caught my eye and in particular a wonderful full skirt in purple at the Dior collections. It’s not a slavish copying of the New Look – all those corsets and petticoats are impractical for the modern woman around town - but it echoes the line. Which led me to think that both Eugenie’s hats and the Dior skirt used vintage influences but made them vital and current through creative and intelligent reinterpretation, something I strive for with my own creations here at Katherine Elizabeth Millinery.

So my journey was, in the end, fruitful. From nothing to say to new ideas for my own work!

Have a wonderful week. We have been so busy with hardly any time to see the Olympics but we are keeping our fingers crossed for more gold medals (for the British team of course!).