I almost didn’t watch the DVR’d recording of the Royal Wedding this morning (I so wasn’t getting up at 3am to watch). I was almost overwhelmed at the thought of it; the British-ness, the fashion and of course the hats. For me, this is one of the most significant hat-wearing events of my life so far, and I was almost afraid to watch. Of course, the inevitable homesickness was also a reason not to watch. We are so good at putting on a show like this!
With some trepidation, I started to watch. I have to say, it was everything I was expecting and more! I was blown away by the whole thing.
Kate Middleton, now Princess Catherine was a vision in her Alexander McQueen dress, designed by Sarah Burton. Sarah created a lace gown with a V-neck satin bodice flowing into a skirt with delicate folds on a nearly nine-foot train.It was the perfect gown for her, young, modern, and totally appropriate for such a grand occasion, yet at the same time, seems very “her”. Of course, it didn’t harm her to be channeling the beautiful Grace Kelly just a little. Her ivory tulle veil, fixed by a Cartier 1936 “halo” tiara lent to her by the queen, was modest but suited Kate perfectly.
My main reason to watch, of course, was the hats and they didn’t disappoint. I have never seen an event with so many beautiful women, and so many beautiful headpieces. It’s hard to call out a favorite, and equally difficult for me to “rip” any of them, even though I tried! I guess it’s the milliner in me that sees the art and workmanship in each piece.
Princesses Beatrice (Wearing Valentino) and Eugenie (wearing Vivien Westwood) have both received a less than favorable review for their headwear, both pieces designed by His Royal Awesome-ness, Milliner Philip Treacy (who designed 36 hats for the Royal Wedding party!
I actually really like the piece Beatrice wore; it is young, fun and different. I did notice that Eugenie’s hat was blocked from the same block (and fabric) as the hat worn by Tara Palmer Tomkinson,which is a bit surprising, given the occasion, although they were trimmed in different ways.
It is a good example of how a hat blocked on the same block can be trimmed to look completely different from another.
“A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothes and wearing a costume; it’s the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it’s the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat.” (Martha Sliter)”