May 1, 2013

Philip Treacy – Chapelier Extraordinaire: About The Decline Of Fascinators And The Season’s It-Hats


Philip Treacy, chapelier extraordinaire, has spoken – fascinators are out. Overrated. Passés.

Fascinators have been around for years, but their sudden surge in popularity came along with the royal wedding of 2011, when guests of Prince William and Kate Middleton (out of which a staggering 36 wore Philip Treacy designs), complemented their elegant attire with some truly whimsical headgear.

From royal heads, such as Camilla Parker-Bowles, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, Zara Phillips or Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, to stars such as Tara Palmer-Tomkinson or Victoria Beckham, Treacy adorned the sea of highly important guests of the royal couple with accessories one more fantastical and more extravagant than the other.


For the large public, the elegant hats and pillbox accessories translated into mass-produced fascinators, which Treacy amusedly calls “no more than headbands with a feather stuck on with a glue gun”.

L’enfant terrible of headgear, who has designed for numerous shows, including Alexander McQueen Couture, Chanel, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan, and who has just made a powerful comeback onto the fashion stage with his Fall 2012 show at London Fashion Week, after a break of more than a decade, is announcing the return to a more classic design when it comes to head coverage, claiming that it has already taken over the fascinator mania.


Pillbox hats, with their unmistakeable retro allure, a style favoured by the Duchess of Cambridge, seem to top the list of elegant headgear at this time, being a must at various formal events all over Britain.

Since a royal christening is imminent in the UK, we’re more than intrigued to see the glamorous and eccentric designs that Treacy has cooked up this time for the big event.

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