Another Royal Ascot is behind us and some of the hat images I’ve seen range from lovely to outrageous. The best part is that everyone is having fun. Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure. What do you think? All images copied from the Huffington Post.
In the past, I have made hats for Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens’ Murder in the Mansion event, which happens every autumn after Ohio Mart. It’s a campy, fun murder-mystery event that is always a hoot. This year the character I’m dressing from the neck up wanted something a little trashy and out of date…you see, she is a working woman (not a prostitute) in the early 1920s and is hanging out with some shady characters (no surprise). Here’s the hat. I can’t wait to see the entire outfit…
Does this hat crack you up as much as it does me? If I ever wore this hat in public (highly doubtful, BTW) I wouldn’t be able to keep a straight face. It doesn’t have a designer label but is definitely 1960s/early 1970s and was purchased at Bonwit Teller. The original tag is still attached and it sold for $15. It’s for sale in my Etsy shop for a song if you’re interested.
It took me all week, but I finally got on a roll last Friday. I just ordered these straw hoods and love the black and tan weave. They’re fun to block and so I went to town using my hat blocks and also some free-form sculpting. These are still in progress so you can’t really tell what they’ll end up looking like but stay tuned to my Facebook page (click here to “like” What a Great Hat if you haven’t already!) to see the results. A sneak peek at one of the cloches is found below. Fun, fun, fun.
Hello Hat Lovers,
This hat is so interesting. When I first saw it from a distance, I thought the pom-poms were made of fur. Instead, they’re made of straw. The base of this hat is a very fine black straw, blocked into a sassy shape. The “under-brim” is an orange crepe fabric. The label says Veola Modes, NY. It was sold at Wm. Taylor Son & Co, London, Cleveland, Paris. Since the original owner lived in Cleveland, I’m guessing she bought it there.What era do you think it’s from hat specialists? I’m guessing 1950s.
Such a fun and elegant hat. (From my collection.)
A lovely customer went to the Belmont Stakes this past weekend to cheer on California Chrome. Although he didn’t win the race, she looks great and had a wonderful time. She’s wearing Chrome’s colors – purple and green – and the look came together beautifully. I had a ball making this hat and so many other wonderful Kentucky Derby hats this year.
I love a great turban and this one is fabulous. Here’s a link to A Stairway to Fashion‘s blog (where I first saw this photo) that includes even more turban images. Love the mix of fabrics and colors. It proves that the hat doesn’t need to match, it needs to “go with.” Enjoy!