One of the niftier aspects of wedding mania is the fun fashion opportunities it has presented. So many events to dress for, so many pictures! This past week my darling sister and dear friends hosted my bridal shower. As expected every detail was thoughtful perfection, and truly fashionable. Instead of little pins we got bangles for the “don’t say ….” game, we all got to shop for Stella and Dot jewelry with some of the proceeds benefiting my pet charity, Concept 7, and my adorable nieces strolled the party modeling the great pieces. Best of all, in keeping with the theme, all guests were asked to wear hats!
As you know from some of my previous posts, I looooovvveeee hats. Their recent revival has simply thrilled me. I am so happy to see them appearing on celebrities and being seen for more than just the infrequent special occasion. With my baby-fine, style-resistant hair I was meant to wear hats and I would really enjoy a life that accommodated them – one filled with race days at Ascot or Churchill Downs, opening ceremonies, coronations and the like – basically I should have been a royal. Sadly my real world is not so accommodating and an engineering department in a big corporation is really not an appropriate place for such self-expression. Booo.
Needless to say, this party was a dream come true for me – way to go little sister! Brilliant! Among the guests however, the idea got a mixed reception. My friends and family members are definitely an eclectic bunch from the very trendy young to the relatively conservative and mature. We have some true Fashionistas but we also have quite a few women who very proudly declare they are NOT girly-whirly and consider wearing a color, a scarf or a miniscule embellishment their outer limits in the name of fashion. But, after a few “does she mean it?” questions, folks started to get into the spirit and I was dying of curiosity to see what they would wear.
I was simply amazed at the chic variety. The more casual gals wore a range of chapeaux from wide-brimmed sun hats to sportier cloche models. The young, hip and/or trendy donned nifty fedoras. Except for my gorgeous step-daughters-to-be, Megan chose to wear a fascinator-like flower clip she made herself, and Christie channeled Audrey Hepburn in my beloved black chiffon swathed straw. Two women took this opportunity to actually MAKE hats and the results were fabulous – a gorgeous tulle and silk flower number was really chic, as was a teal feathered version. Some were a bit more tongue-in-cheek – a fascinator with lights and one embellished with a tiny shark. Tulle and feathers featured prominently. Everyone looked so chic, so fun! Each hat really did say something about its wearer, too. My sister, for instance, really should have been a flapper and she simply rocked her adorable black straw cloche.
So, what did I wear? Well the minute my sister told me about the hat theme I raced up to Louise Green Millinery Co. in Los Angeles (online at: http://www.louisegreen.com). I have been dying for a justifiable reason to get a Louise Green for several years. I was in heaven the minute I stepped in the door and Mr. Commando was so very patient as I tried on a dozen hats and modeled for him. He was a great partner in crime for this adventure as he loves hats on women and he appreciates the artistry that makes them special. So gave his opinions willingly. Most were hits – the cloches, the wide brims, the dramatic; a few- not as much (apparently the tallish Jackie O, and Eliza Doolittle numbers did not suit me as well). Every hat fit perfectly and every hat was beautifully made. I fell in love with several – but for the shower I chose to do a custom version of the fabulous Kelly hat I featured last year (http://somethingtowear.wordpress.com/2011/05/08/hatitudes/ ). I picked material, color, and trim – it was so much fun. And in just a few weeks my gorgeous confection arrived at my home in its spiffy green-striped hatbox. The results speak for themselves – my very own My Fair Lady moment.
Okay, confession time…this is NOT the only hat I ended up buying. No…I ended up with THREE hats; all very different, all simply beautiful. They are all very happily nestled in their snazzy hatboxes waiting for their moments and I will feature the others in upcoming posts. AND Louise Green has just released her Fall 2012 collection – so I am already warming up the ol’ credit card!
Photo Credits: Photographer - Mr. Commando, Model - Me (even though I hate having my picture taken) Clothing - Anna Scholz Jersey Tunic with chiffon sleeves, Anna Scholz Linen Pants (from a few seasons ago and still my faves) and a fab and oh-so-dramatic Madame Mathilde necklace.