Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has batted close to 1,000 in the fashion game since her marriage to Prince William, but the hat she wore to Zara Phillips wedding last week was a strikeout. Most of the world seems to think it looked like a potato chipÂ—or a crisp, depending upon the version of English you speak. Or to make things simpler, the hat looked like a Pringle. Pringle is a better description, anyway, because, while potato chips vary in shape, all Pringles look alike, and both Brits and Americans eat them. And that's what Kate Middleton's hat resembled.
But there are new details emerging, reports Fashionista. The duchess actually helped to design the much-maligned hat. She had already decided to wear an old thing out of her closetÂ—a beautiful white lace dress by Collette Dinnigan and a brocade coat by Day Birger et Mikkelsen that she'd worn to wedding in 2006. Actually, in America, women don't wear white to someone else's wedding, but in Britain, it seems that everyone, including the bridesmaids, may well wear snowy gowns.
Anyway, naturally Kate Middleton needed a new hat to spruce up the pre-worn dress, so she checked out Gina Foster, milliner, for a likely prospect, to be ready in ten days. The offering, set to retail at $675, may well have looked like a crisp to the duchess as well, so she suggested a few flowers to sit on the top of her head and anchor the hat, visually as well as practically, in place. The flowers may be the best part.
"It's a slight departure from her normal hat style, but it's quite good to try different shapes," designer Foster said of her creation. "It was contemporary yet sophisticated." Obviously it was too sophisticated for most royal-watchers. But no problem, Kate Middleton. You have a lot of at-bats ahead.
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