All right, hatters, you know what time it is! Drumroll, please!
That's right -- slap on your black-tie attire, pour yourself a glass o'champers, and settle in for the Mad Hattery Awards of 2010! (No, seriously, hurry up -- King CG is clearly waiting on you!)
We've moved the festivities inland from last year's cruise-ship do, but that just means more room for all of us and the maddest hatters of the year! So, without further adieu, let's get the party started!
And the winners are...
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Either the Yorks forgot they were going to Fergie's little sister's wedding and not a fancy dress party, or they're actually planning on starting some sort of Girls Aloud-style girl group:
Let's see here ... Bea's wearing her Trooping the Colour '10 plant sprouter; Eugenie's sporting some foliage in her favorite color, hot pink; and Sarah's wearing (among other things) a fascinator that looks suspiciously like the one Bea wore to Charles and Camilla's wedding.
Just ... may I have a word, Sarah? You are fifty years old. That's 50, not 20 or 30 or even 40. You look like you're trying to be 23 again, and it's just no good. Now, I know you've had issues with decision making in the past, but for the love of God, get something age appropriate and stop sneaking into your daughter's closets! It just makes you look older and sadder, not younger and more vibrant. Say it with me: elegant and chic!
I mean, even Eugenie and Beatrice look terrified in this picture. I'm going to assume it's because someone just popped up a mirror. Oy vey.
PHOTO CREDITS: Craig Hibbert/Mail Online
One more be-hatted skiing Yorkie today -- the lovely Princess Eugenie, who has chosen a plain black helmet but jazzed up her ensemble with a bright red jacket. I approve, Eug!
However, there's one thing about this ski vacation I definitely don't approve of:
1) Sarah, you showed up at a hattery event without a hat! I can't snark on your hattery choices if you don't do that! It's almost like you don't want to be front and center on a hat blog. Hm.
2) Sarah, you went skiing without a helmet! Haven't you been watching the Vancouver Olympics? Haven't you seen the way they go windmilling and flailing into the big nets on the side of the course? C'mon, now, I know you're not royal anymore -- but protect that crown properly!
Thanks to lovely reader Eliza for sending in information about this event!
Welcome to the world of Mad Hattery, Your Fergiliciousness! If this blog were to be written in equation form, it would probably go something like this: Yorkies + Mad Hattery = sheer excitement! You just never know what could happen!
This pic was taken while the Duchess of York was out watching some polo in Spain with her two lovely princess daughters. The hat itself is sort of meh, but I get it, Fergie. You're not an HRH anymore, and you don't have access to the vaults and the tiaras, so hats are just going to be a little less exciting in your world these days.
So, as far as this actually hat goes, pass. She's at polo. She's on vacation. It's not a baseball cap. (Though, as an aside, it doesn't look like it's doing much to help protect poor Sarah's skin from the searing Spanish sol. Redheads like you have to be careful, my dears. My college roommate was a redhead, and she practically wore caftans to the beach.)
You've gotten off lightly here on your first go around, Duchess. Now, do us all a huge giant favor and dig out one of those bows you used to swan about in back in the '80s, please!
The bride at this royal wedding started off the day as Miss Sarah Ferguson, with a Victorian-esque crown of flowers atop her head rather than a fancy tiara.
She ended the day as HRH The Duchess of York, wearing the York Wedding Tiara, which had been hidden under the flowers all along. They were removed when the couple disappeared momentarily to sign the wedding registry; when she reappeared, legally married and royal, she was wearing the tiara.
This was a brand-new tiara, purchased from Garrard's by the Queen and Prince Philip as a wedding gift for their new daughter-in-law. Sarah kept the tiara after her divorce, and it hasn't been seen since then; if we see it again in public, it would likely be on either Beatrice or Eugenie.
I like the tiara itself, although the top point is a little too tall for my taste -- I just wish she would have worn it through the entire wedding service. I like the idea of a visual transition from commoner to royalty, but I just thought the flowers were too heavy. Thoughts?