When buying each season its good to get an insight into the colour trends and styles for 2016. As has been the current fashion for the last few seasons, there is a lot of headwear on bands or held in place by thin elastic, all quite substantial and certainly not fascinators – these are far bigger, and come in the form of discs and pillbox shapes.
Larger hats have been in the shadows for the past couple of years, but this season we are seeing designers introducing some fabulous hat styles and shapes with the Audrey Hepburn look and 1950’s styles and shapes.
Flowers and petals have appeared on quite a few of the collections with the emphasis being on sheer elegance and simplicity of style.
I have seen Hat Fashions 2016 in the hat world but red and purple, together with white, and navy all seem very popular – which has been echoed by the outfits coming into the studio – I have noticed that nude which has been at the forefront for the past few seasons has taken a back seat – but then its nice to have the option of something nude if you want a soft kind colour which goes with most outfits.
As for Royal Ascot well as normal anything goes and I am sure we are going to see yet more wonderful creations at this showcase event for British Millinery.
I always think elegance is key to any hat wearing event and as is the case with the races (especially Royal Ascot) a little bit of Wow factor thrown in for good measure.