MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 55 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #55, the “Lauren”, a medium brim Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-55HatsThe Lauren was inspired by the “Lizzie” and her wavy silk organza brim layers…

Blog-LizzieDer57-030AFor the Lauren I wanted to incorporate these same wavy organza layers but in a more asymmetrical fashion. I began with a rich black dupioni silk hat base. I then made five black silk organza brim layers in varying widths and lengths and attached them to the brim at irregular intervals. I experimented with the layers until I had achieved a look that was both soft and appealing, like in the original Lizzie design. Blog-LaurenDer79-001D For the trim centerpiece I created a single black chiffon rose curl and framed it with black satin leaves and a matching sash that circles the crown. Blog-LaurenDer79-001C For the finishing touch a single black button was hand stitched to the back of the hat. Blog-LaurenDer79-001F I named her the “Lauren” hat after one of my favorite actresses of the Silver Screen” known for her stunning mystique. Wouldn’t our new Lauren be stunning trimmed with a single red or hot pink rose to celebrate Derby weekend?  MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® can make it happen for you!

For more views of the “Lauren” hat design shown above, please visit the Lauren Der79-001 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 #55 in our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 54 Derby chapeaux and 54 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Name the 2008 Derby champ whose son just won the San Felipe and could be heading to the Derby this year.

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

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!



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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