On Target with Robin

by HATTINGDON STAFF

Hello there! We are staying with the classic hat silhouette for a bit since the classic hat countdown brought such a lot of new interest.

Who remembers this classic hat?

Robin 2017

Robin Hattingdon 2017
Robin 2017.

Robin 2018

Here is Robin 2018 in blue and red.

Robin 2018 in Blue.
Robin 2018 in Red.

Can’t you just see some of these designs on merchandise and sold at Target? How cool would that be? Alas, it’s all just a bit of fun. We thought you might get a kick out of seeing it, though. Which one(s) would you pick?

Hattingdon & Co

©Vivian Grant Farrell, creator of and designer for Hattingdon Horses.

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “Fifth of May”) is a yearly celebration held on May 5, which commemorates the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza.

More popular in the United States than Mexico, Cinco de Mayo has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture.

Fiesta Hattingdon.

Cinco de Mayo celebrations began in California, where they have been observed annually since 1863.

The day gained nationwide popularity beyond those of Mexican-American heritage in the 1980s due to advertising campaigns by beer, wine, and tequila companies; today, Cinco de Mayo generates beer sales on par with the Super Bowl.

Hattingdon Horses

“A Hatful of Smiles”

Created by © Vivian Grant Farrell

Becky Classic

Black and white are, strictly speaking, not colours. However, light and dark play a major role in art and design and have various symbolic meanings.

WHITE
In many cultures, white is seen as the colour of innocence and virginity, purity, loyalty and peace. In the West, white clothing and decoration are symbolic of the joy around births, baptisms and weddings. The colour is also associated with women as virgins, mothers and caregivers.

‘Colours are wavelengths reflected by objects to the human eye.
White is pure light and black is the absence of light’

BLACK
Black has different associations across cultures and religions: death, mystery and the darker side of human nature but also power, nobility and prestige.

Hattingdon’s “Becky” Hat in Black and White

BLACK & WHITE
Opposites attract. In the case of black and white, contrast creates completion. The convergence of black and white (more so than any other color combination) is an example of how two divergent colors communicate more powerfully together than they do on their own.

Happy Classic Hat Monday!

Hattingdon Horses

“A Hatful of Smiles”

©Vivian Grant Farrell

Jenny Rose 2022

We are working on a hat for this year’s Kentucky Derby and believe we are on the right track — so to speak (wink !)— for something really special. We will unveil it when the Run for the Roses is upon us.

In the meantime, here is a festive hat for Hattingdon to wear to pre-Derby festivities requiring a hat, such as luncheons. This hat is just right, don’t you think?

Jenny Rose 2022 Fascinator.

Love love love it. This is so fun. Hope it brings you a “hatful of smiles”.

Hattingdon Horses

©Vivian Grant Farrell

Collette

Mrs Farrell created a new hat silhouette in numerous colorways and color combinations. She named it Collette. Here are a few examples. Enjoy!

Collette Hattingdon in Pink
Collette Hattingdon in Yellow
Collette Hattingdon in Blue
Collette Hattingdon in Orange
Collette Hattingdon in Grey and Black
Collette Hattingdon in Purple

We especially love the yellow, grey and black, and two-tone orange. Oh, and the pink too . . . . sigh, all of them really. Aren’t they sweet?

Come back and see us again soon.

Love, Hattingdon Horses. Bringing you a “Hatful of Smiles”.

Hattingdon Horses

©Vivian Grant Farrell

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.

Hattingdon Horses

By Guest Writer, Sunny Tiegs

Related Reading

Flashback Harper »

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.