MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 66 of 101

The Derby Hat Countdown continues featuring 101 Derby hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today we are featuring Hat #66, the “Mykele’s Cinco de Mayo”, a medium size Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-66HatsYears ago a woman named Mykele wrote to me at Derby time with a custom hat request. She loved the “Lizzie” Derby style from my Collection, but wondered if I could create it in the colors of the Cinco de Mayo holiday which coincided with the Derby that year.  I loved the idea and thought the colors would be stunning with the Lizzie.

Blog-LizzieDer57-001AFor the foundation of the hat I began with a rich black dupioni silk base. I wanted to capture the traditional Cinco de Mayo colors of red, yellow and green throughout the design and the black base was the perfect stage for them. I began by alternating black and red silk organza brim layers and added a bit of extra wave and “kick” to them to reflect the great tradition of dance and music associated with the holiday.

Blog-MykelesCincodeMayoI fashioned a sash out of bright yellow dupioni silk, softly gathering the fabric and adding a red button to the back of the hat.

Blog-MykelesCincodeMayoKFor the trim centerpiece I created two rose curls out of red chiffon and framed them with dark green shantung leaves. I stood back and saw she really was stunning; Mykele’s new chapeau was ready for the Derby, inspired by the magic and colorful splendor of Cinco de Mayo!

Blog-MykelesCincodeMayoHFor more views of the “Mykele’s Cinco de Mayo” hat design shown above, please visit the Mykele’s Cinco de Mayo Der62-001 webpage at

And don’t forget to visit our Derby Hat Collection offering four new Derby hat salons this year featuring Big Brims, Extra Wide Brims, Flappers/Medium Brims, Fascinators, Cocktail Hats and Cloches.

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 66 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 65 Derby chapeaux and 65 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – What is the track distance of the Kentucky Derby?

The answer can be found at the following link – Derby Hats.

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!



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