MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 4 of 101

Welcome to A Derby Hat Countdown featuring 101 Derby hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today we are featuring Hat #4, the “Tess” top hat design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at maggiemae.com.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-4HatsI created the original “Tess” top hat for the Bridal Hat Collection at MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®. It’s a pure white silk confection trimmed with matching silk rose curls, satin leaves and sumptuous gathered tulle.  She has a very traditional bridal look.

Blog-TessBR144-001DThe trend in recent years for adding bold colors to the traditionally all-white-and-ivory bridal palette inspired me last year to create a top hat adorned with hot pink trims for a more “equestrian” style look. And indeed the new “Tess” was a hit for last year’s Kentucky Oaks.

Blog-TessBR144-002EThis year I wanted to once again make another version of the Tess and use red trimmings to celebrate the tradition of the red Derby rose.

Beginning with a white dupioni silk top hat foundation, I added a red taffeta sash. I then took yards of red tulle which I swirled around the crown, softly gathering the tulle in the back to form a bow with tails spilling down over the brim.

Blog-TessDer144-004E-RedFor the trim centerpiece I fashioned a cluster of three medium roses out of red dupioni silk which I nestled into the bow in the back of the hat.

Blog-TessDer144-004I-Crop-Red

Blog-TessDer144-004F-RedThe look was once again “equestrian” and decidedly romantic at the same time. This new Derby-inspired “Tess” is ready to join in the celebrations for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby!

Blog-TessDer144-004C-RedFor more views and details about the “Tess” chapeau shown above, please visit the Tess Der144-004 webpage.

And don’t forget to visit our KY Derby Hat Collection offering four new Derby hat salons this year. Something for everyone from fascinators to extra wide brims!

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 4 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 3 Derby chapeaux and 3 days to go ’til the 140th Kentucky Derby!

Sally

 

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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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