A Passion for Purple

Every year I create new hats for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, a 2-day year-end American Thoroughbred horse racing event that attracts equine athletes from all over the world. For the second year in a row it will be held at the historic Santa Anita racetrack in California. As always I eagerly awaited the unveiling of the Breeders’ Cup 2013 logo and I was thrilled to see the traditional palette featuring purple in the logo, one of my very favorite colors!

I have always loved the color purple. Living on the color wheel between red and blue, the many variations in purple have names almost as delicious as the colors themselves: magenta, fuchsia, plum, mulberry, Byzantium, heliotrope, orchid, aubergine, fandango and wisteria!


To celebrate the Breeders’ Cup and all things purple, I am debuting three new Chelsea hats and two new Juliettes in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Hat Collection at Maggie Mae Designs®.

The Chelsea Der60-034 is a medium sized hat style. Fashioned in a deep, rich plummy purple dupioni silk, Chelsea is trimmed with two large sumptuous peonies created out of swirling layers of purple/plum taffeta and organza nestled on a bed of purple taffeta leaves.



The Chelsea Der60-033, fashioned out of brassy gold dupioni silk, is trimmed with a single purple shantung rose curl framed with a medley of purple and plum taffeta leaves and accented with matching buttons and mocha veiling.


Finally, the Chelsea Der60-032 design, a monochromatic feast of plum dupioni silk, is trimmed with roses, buttons and bows!



For those who prefer the look of a smaller hat design, I am offering two new fascinators. The first is the Juliette Der54-007 in chartreuse dupioni silk, trimmed with a matching rose curl and accented with purple/plum leaves, poofy tulle freeform bows and matching braiding.


Last but never least, the Juliette Der54-008 makes her Breeders’ Cup debut in deep plum/purple dupioni silk adorned with a single large plum organza rose, matching taffeta leaves, twinkling buttons and gold/linden green braiding and ribbons.


To see more Breeders’ Cup offerings for this season at Maggie Mae Designs® please visit our Breeders’ Cup Hat Collection webpage.

And I dare you not to be captivated with purple this season.

Until next time, thank you for visiting me at Hats and Horses!



Author: hatsandhorses

Sally Faith Steinmann is the owner and designer of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS Custom Millinery. A native of Cape Cod, Sally creates couture hats for the Kentucky Derby, Royal Ascot, Saratoga, weddings, teas, and garden parties. MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS sponsors "Hats Off to the Horses", an annual online Derby hat fundraiser for the retired racehorses of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement facility in KY.

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