Regina

Hattingdon looks regal in her jewel embellished crown hat. Our posting here is a nod to the late Queen of England whose burial will take place tomorrow.

This design is vintage Hattingdon. We are not 100% certain, but we believe it dates back to 2008. It is one of Vivian’s first designs, but she cannot remember the particulars of it or what inspired her to create it. She is just glad that she did.

Regina Hattingdon.

We will not be posting on Monday, and will publish the classic hat selected for it on the following day.

Wishing you a “hatful if smiles”. See you then.

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Flashback Etienne

Hattingdon Horses designer and originator, Vivian Grant Farrell, created Curtis (the first) while she was lobbying on behalf of horses in Washington DC, December 2007. It was Christmas break, but not all legislators had gone home. Among those still around was a handful of politicians doing anything they could to impede progress on horse protection bills. Someone had to stay and keep an eye on things. Vivian drew the short straw.

With a bit of time on her hands for a change, Vivian opened up her photo editor and starting working with shapes. Curtis was the result, and an instant smash. On the heels of Curtis’ huge success was Vivian’s next Hattingdon, the hugely and almost equally popular Harper who wears a large pink Chanel inspired picture hat. Many more would follow.

Etienne

One of the hats Vivian created for Hattingdon in those beginning years was Etienne — part of her early avant-garde period.

Etienne Hattingdon ©Vivian Grant Farrell.
 Etienne Hattingdon. By ©Vivian Grant Farrell.

Etienne was inspired by French fashion and the colours of their flag.

The present “tricolore” (three-colour) flag of France had its origins at the time of the French Revolution, joining the colours of the King (white) and the City of Paris (blue and red).

The hat just had to have a French name, right? She chose Etienne. The name Etienne is primarily a male name, of French origin, that means “crown”.

Thank you for stopping by. There are some extras below.

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By Guest Writer, Sunny Tiegs

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See also . . . .

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” — Coco Chanel.

Why are the French so chic?, by Joobin Bekhrad, BBC, 8th October 2019

Extras

Diana, Princess of Wales. By Tim Graham / Getty Images.
Diana, Princess of Wales. By Tim Graham / Getty Images.

French fashion is great, but as with any style, it also has a few garments and accessories that are so present in the french style that if you want to achieve the look, you’d better have some of them in your wardrobe.

What You Need
Black Blazer (2nd choice, Navy)
Jeans (the best pair and fit you can afford)
Waisted Cocktail Dress
Ballerina Flats / Flat Sandals
Black Leather Jacket

Not Just the French
Inspired by the late Diana, Princess of Wales, imagine layering a Hattingdon tee or sweatshirt with jeans, a dark jacket and ballet flats or classic black loafers. Très chic.




Long live the Queen

Queen Elizabeth II marks 70 years on the British throne today, 6 February 2022, a milestone never reached by any of her predecessors over the last 1,000 years, and one that only a few monarchs across the globe have ever achieved.


On 6 February 1952, Queen Elizabeth II became the first sovereign in over 200 years to accede the throne while abroad.


Princess Elizabeth was on a trip to Kenya when she ascended the throne. She became the Queen of Britain, and more than a dozen other realms including Canada, Australia and New Zealand, following the news of her father George VI’s untimely passing at the age of 56.

Her Majesty has achieved an incredible feat as she officially marks 70 years since she acceded to the throne.

We mark the occasion with a vintage design — called Regina.

Regina Hattingdon
Regina Hattingdon c. Dec. 2008.

Vivian, a lifelong photographer, originally created Regina during the Christmas holidays in 2008 in Washington, D.C. where she had been lobbying for horse protection laws.

“This old design looked impossible to save to begin with,” she states. “I didn’t have Photoshop then. Who knows what I used? All the layers were locked anyway. Thankfully I was able to salvage the crown totally intact! I didn’t fancy having to recreate that.”

Vivian is purely self taught. “I learned through trial and error. Lots of trials, and lots of errors,” she laughs. “But I have plenty of imagination . . . . and ‘never say die’. I was such a newbie when I created that design. I am pretty astonished by it actually.”

We hope Regina brings you a ‘hatful of smiles’.

Before you go, look at this. Lovely.

Sold Price: Queen Elizabeth II Artist Doll in Coronation Robe, maker  unknown, no discernable marks, faithful likeness of Elizabeth at her June  1953 - May 3, 0112 2:00 PM EDT
Queen Elizabeth II Artist Doll in Coronation Robe, maker unknown.

Mattel made a Barbie doll of HM in honor of her Platinum Jubilee.

Mattel Barbie Doll of HM Queen Elizabeth II created to honour of her Platinum Jubilee.

God Save Her Majesty. God Save the Queen.

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(Updated Feb. 6, 2022; 2.45 pm)