The singer-songwriter Sia recently had a hit with her version of “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” writes Hilary Alexander. You could just as easily substitute the word ‘hat’.
Image: Kurtiss Lloyd model Helena Greyhorse wearing hat by Philip Treacy
Hats are now an accepted addition to the celebrity wardrobe-arsenal. Whether it’s Jennifer Aniston in a Trilby, Beyoncé in a small-brim ‘pork-pie’, Pharrell Williams in his Vivienne Westwood ’10-gallon’ cowboy topper, Taylor Swift in a fedora, or little Harper Beckham in a floppy felt by Chloé, the hat has emerged as THE accessory, as essential as the statement bag or the must-have shoes.
But while casual, daytime headwear may remain on the subdued side of the millinery spectrum, summer’s social whirl, with weddings, garden parties, race days, and Royal Ascot all on the agenda, demands a more exuberant approach. Just look at the massive black tilted Philip Treacy titfer trimmed with pink roses Pixie Lott wore for Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot last year.
We spoke to “the tops” in Fenwick Bond Street’s millinery department to discover inspirations for the new season, top trends, and tips for finding your perfect hat.
You can also meet Fenwick Bond Street's star milliners in store between June 1 and 12