As the Kentucky Derby approaches, we took a look at our inventory and found a plethora of hats worthy for the event! For those of you who do not know, fashion, in particular hats, are a main focal point of the Derby. Below is a bit of a history of Kentucky Derby hats, a few designer spotlights and the hats we currently have in our Uptown location. Enjoy!
Louise Green, red floral hat $68
"For the first running of the Kentucky Derby, he (Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr.) used high-class women to recruit his target clientele to attend the race. The event quickly became just as much about the fashion as the racing. Going to a horse racing event became an opportunity to show off the latest in spring fashion and women were known to coordinate their hats, dresses, bags, shoes, and even parasols.The extravagant hats that have become associated with the Kentucky Derby did not really come around until the 1960s, when social fashion norms loosened up and the presence of television gave women a reason to stand out. The hats became larger, brighter, and more extravagant. Hats at the Kentucky Derby have become even more popular after the royal wedding in 2011, an event that showcased many elaborate hats and fascinators."
Louise Green, white floral hat $68
While there are many brands of hats to choose from, few are as unique and beautiful as those made by Louise Green. "Wearing a beautiful hat is like walking with a baby or a puppy everyone stops to admire, coo & talk about it!!"- Louise Green
Louise Green, British born, came to the United States in 1984 with a passion for design and the richness of the past. Beginning in 1987, Green has been styling actresses, singers and those with a love of hats. Louise Green has won Millinery Designer Of The Year three times. In the annual event sponsored by the Headwear Information Bureau, the New York fashion press and trade executives first distinguished Louise Green for her contemporary view of her own trademark romantic millinery.
Linda Eastwood, straw with flowers $38
Giovannio, navy hat with flower $32
Capeaux duMonde, straw with white flowers $48
Kokin, light blue and white straw $78
Kokin is a well known name in the hat game. A man with a mission, his first accounts in a year of starting Kokin hats were Bergdorf Goodman , Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue , only the beginning .The hats of KOKIN are often seen crowning the talents of such celebrated women as Julia Roberts, Hillary Duff , Raquel Welch, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cindy Lauper, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Tara Reid, Christie Brinkley, Sophia Loren, Ivana Trump, Joan Collins ,Mischa Barton , Sarah Jessica Parker ,Cher , Queen Latifah , Naomi Campbell ,Beyonce , the ever chic Bianca Jagger, and always provocative client Sharon Stone. Barbra Streisand wears his creations in her garden, and Bette Midler wears them for bad hair days. Daphne Guiness the fashion darling loves his hats and declares his boutique in New York one of her favorite shops. Kokin hats were used in the famous film "Clueless".
We are lucky to have a small assortment of Kokin hats in our store on Hennepin!
Patricia Underwood, straw with black ribbon $78
Patricia Underwood is another well known milliner. Hat designer Patricia Underwood creates unadorned, hand made, hand finished designs which rely on the most subtle understanding of shape, color and proportion for their effect. Her career began on an impulse to take an evening class in millinery at the Fashion Institute of Technology. That whim inspired her to design hats which flatter the wearer’s appearance and complement her clothing.(from website). Patricia Underwood has created works of art for many well known actresses as well as in photoshoots.
Kokin, coral straw with brown trim $78
Linda Eastwood, straw with roses $38
Louise Green, brown floral $68
Kokin, grey and white seersucker $48
Kokin, straw with white brim $58
Kokin, yellow straw with yellow brim $58
Giovannio, green mesh with flower $28