I'm not ashamed to admit that I threw a royal wedding party with my wife yesterday. When I was eight years old, I got up in the middle of the night to watch Charles and Diana's wedding. No one else in my family got up to watch it then...I glued my eight-year old eyes to our little black and white portable set. This time, we had the advantage of Tivo and a group of anglophilic friends who brought scones, cucumber sandwiches and a bottle of Pimm's.
The Pimm's cups (and the fact that we had Tivo'ed the thing and could fast forward through most of it) made the thing bearable to watch. The only high point was the time we spent pausing and re-watching the bits of tape with Fergie's daughter Princess Beatrice, and her amazing chapeau...erm, "fascinator".
I'm pretty late to the party in writing about this on Extreme Craft...the hat has its own Facebook page that as of this evening is approaching 100,000 "likes". The hat was created by Phillip Treacey, a London milliner who routinely stretches the boundaries of physics (not to mention taste) with his creations.
Princess Beatrice has a history of flamboyance in the headware department. Here's another beauty:
Let's not forget to pay tribute to Princes Eugenie, Beatrice's sister. She showed up to the wedding in a Vivienne Westwood dress that was accentuated by an electric blue hat that is best described as a "Georgia O'Keefe" shape.
Sigh. Can we get past the nip slips and underwear-less limo entrances in this country and embrace some extreme hats instead. Please?