Friday, February 24, 2012

Kate Meets Piers

The Duchess of Cambridge was voted 'Hat Person of the Year' by the California based Headwear Association with an apparent 91% of members voting for her.

Here wearing a hat by the incredibly talented Rose Cory (my teacher)

While I acknowledge the fact that Kate's head is often hatted and she has certainly brought hats back into the limelight I am not so sure I would have voted her hats the best, in fact her hats seem erratic in choice as if she hasn't really figured out what her hat style is yet. 

If I had a vote it would have gone to someone like Helena Bonham Carter who is both bold and playful with her hats.

Or even Rhianna who has been stepping up her millinery game of late.

I'm not even sure Kate is my favourite hat wearing Royal.  Though they will forever be known for their awful, awful choice of hats at the Royal wedding, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice don't always get it so horribly wrong and were rocking funky hats way back when Kate was still frolicking down University catwalks in see through dresses.

And my hands down favourite hatted Royal (after Queenie of course) is Sophie Countess of Wessex who has a very sleek, traditional style without being outdated. 

Possibly realising this herself it was reported this week that Kate has commissioned a hat by waaaay out there milliner Piers Atkinson.

Those of you who read my blog regularly will recognise the name as his designs always make me smile a really big smile and thus have been featured on these pages many times. The image of Kate in one of his hats however seems like an image from deep inside the acid induced yellow submarine.

Norfolk born Piers was raised by his mother, theatrical milliner Hilary Elliot which can explain some of his wierd and wonderful designs.  A relitive newbie on the scene he launched his first collection of hats in 2008 and has since collaborated with designers Ashish, Ashley Isham and Noki for runway presentations and has dressed such celebrities as Anna Dello Russo, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kelis, Cate Blanchett and Paloma Faith. The Princesses of York and Dame Shirley Basey have worn his hats at Ascot and he has had pieces in the V&A’s ‘Hats: an Anthology by Stephen Jones’ and ShowStudio’s exhibition ‘The CafĂ©’.

 Lady Gaga is a fan as is Paloma Faith (below)

Possibly most famous for his huge cherries on top hat worn by too many people to mention, he recently launched a similar more affordable range for Topshop.

Can't picture Kate in these?  How about one of these?

No, me neither.

I like to think that Piers is sitting in his studio right now sticking crowns on littleneon  Barbie and Ken dolls and wondering just how far he can push it.  Based on the fact that Kate is planning on wearing her creation to Leicester for the launch of the Diamond Jubilee tour I guess the answer is not very far and more likely than not Kate will be sporting a much tamer version of Piers flower range.

 Until pictures appear of the actual event however I will continue to imagine the queen been poked in the eye by a tiny pink shoe.

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