Hats Off To The Races

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From Pretty Woman to My Fair Lady, every movie I can think of with a horse race has an iconic hat to go along with it. That’s probably where my fascination with fascinators and derby hats began. After attending the derby for the first time last year, I saw so many inspiring looks I knew I wanted to top myself (pun completely intended) this year.

To help do that, milliner Christine Moore will be designing two of the fascinators you’ll see me in this weekend, including on the Today Show Friday morning. She also walked me through some of the latest styles and types of craftsmanship she thinks we’ll see this year at the derby. With the variety of materials and attention to detail, these really are small works of art. Here is a glimpse at Christine’s look book and some of her thoughts on these incredible and eye catching looks.



1. Fiddlefern

I love this fascinator! There is a retro theme in her that strikes something in me. She starts with a small hand made cocktail base, we add folded silk loops with just enough horsehair to add mystery, and then we add curled and cut ostrich feathers.

2. Queenie

Queenie has been very popular for this years Kentucky Derby. I always say for the Derby “go big or go home”! This elegant hat, shown in white starts with a parisisol base that is hand-blocked and has an edging of horsehair that is sheer, and has a wire sewn into the edging so you can manipulate the shape. The oversized flowers are all made of silk. Very elegant!

3. Eliza

Eliza is an amazingly light and airy 3 ply standup fascinator. Her height looks amazing here on the slender and tall Ms. Connecticut, Acacia Courtney. We start with 3 layers of synamay and wire it with a ruched edge trim, and then we add a ruched pompom and loops and top her off with an Egret feather. Very elegant with an edgy hip look and very European!

4. Alexurly

This fascinator is prefect for Oaks with the pink theme. We start by making a little cocktail base on a confortable headband and then build her up with horsehair edged loops and top her off with small-stripped coque feathers. Alexurly is light in weight and has an airy appearance. Her pink and coral theme compliments many dress colors.

5. Sheila

I love this hat in Kentucky Derby red! She is made of panama and has a beautiful oversized silk bow, which is tie-dyed. All the hats in our Spring 2015 Collection that have tie dye elements have been very popular. This hat is an elegant medium brim beauty, light in weight and very comfortable to wear. I love this style because texture is always a fabulous design element.

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