Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Day 3

Welcome to the 2017 Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today I am featuring Hat #3, one of our classic “Tess” Derby top hat that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at maggiemae.com!

For more Kentucky Oaks and Derby hat ideas, please visit my 4 Derby Hat Salons at The Derby Hat Collection by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.

Only 2 Derby chapeaux and 2 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

Sally

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MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown 2016 – 25 of 101

Welcome to the Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today I am featuring Hat #25, the “Tess” top hat design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at maggiemae.com!

DerbyHatCountdown-2016-25Days-BlogFor more information about the “Tess” hat please visit the The Tess BR144-002 Hat webpage. and ask about this special hat for your Derby adventure!

Today’s Derby Trivia Question today –

“Street Cry sired 2007 Derby winner, Street Sense. Name Street Cry’s famous daughter who was well known for her closing finishes who bewitched us all with her fancy pre-race dance moves.”

The answer can be found at the following link – Derby Hats where you can also visit all four of our Derby hat salons for a wide selection of Derby hat offerings for the Kentucky Oaks and the Derby!

Only 24 Derby chapeaux and 24 days to go ’til the 142nd Kentucky Derby!

Sally

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 42 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #42, the “”, the “Tess” top hat design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at maggiemae.com.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-42HatsI 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.

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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 141st 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 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 42 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 41 Derby chapeaux and 41 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Name the Derby jockey whose nickname is “Bo’rail” because he stays so close to the rail to save ground.

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

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!

Sally

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 46 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #46, the Billie Der116-003 top hat Derby design that is found in Salon 4 of the Derby Hat Collection at maggiemae.com.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-46HatsI have been making top hats for many years. They make a great look for a Derby adventure as well as for weddings and Royal Ascot!

The “Billie” was the very first mini top hat design that I ever created.

I began with a black dupioni silk hat foundation. For the trim centerpiece I fashioned a single large rose curl out of alternating layers of deep garnet red metallic taffeta and black silk organza.

Blog-BillieDer116-003Fweb.MedI then took black netting and crafted a free form bow with medium tails.

Blog-BillieDer116-003Eweb.MedBlog-BillieDer116-003Dweb.MedSuch a wonderful equestrian flair that is perfect for an equine sporting events like the Derby, Breeders’ Cup or carriage driving competitions!

Blog-BillieDer116-003Cweb.Med For more views of the “Billie” hat design please visit the Billie hat webpage at maggiemae.com.

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 46 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 45 Derby chapeaux and 45 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Name the filly who won the 1915 Kentucky Derby, was never beaten by any of the fillies of her time, and in 1957 was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

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

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!

Sally

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 54 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #54, the “Taylor”, a brand new Derby top hat design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at maggiemae.com.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-54HatsSeveral days ago I debuted the “Taylor” chapeau, a brand new Derby top hat design with a flat wired brim that can be shaped for different looks.

Blog-TaylorDer186-001D-Web.MedBecause I love black and white hat combinations, I wanted to make sure that I also created a black and white silk Taylor top hat for this year’s Derby and Royal Ascot.

I fashioned the base of the hat out of white dupioni silk, adding a flat, wired brim.

Blog-TaylorDer186-002E-Web.MedI trimmed the crown of the hat with a black and white pinstripe linen band. I then added black hat veiling all around the crown, letting it spill over the brim edges.

For the trim centerpiece I fashioned a double bow out of the same pinstripe linen as the band and added a spray of black silk organza “feathers” for a dramatic accent.

Blog-TaylorDer186-002C-Web.MedThe final trim element was a black pebble button which I added to the back of the hat.

Blog-TaylorDer186-002F-Web.MedAnd our second new “Taylor” top hat design was finished and is now ready for your Derby adventure, Royal Ascot, carriage driving competitions and other equine sporting events!

Blog-TaylorDer186-002B-Web.MedFor more views of the “Taylor” hat design shown above, please visit the Taylor Der186-002 webpage at maggiemae.com.

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 #54 in our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 53 Derby chapeaux and 53 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Name the horse who finished 2nd in the 1920 Kentucky Derby and then went on to hand Man O’War, perhaps the greatest racehorse of all time, his one and only defeat.

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

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!

Sally

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 61 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #61, the “Taylor”, a brand new Derby top hat design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at maggiemae.com.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-61HatsSeveral years ago, a lady contacted me regarding a custom Derby hat design. Together we created the “Tess” hat which has been a fan favorite for years for weddings and teas as well as the Kentucky Derby.

Blog-TessBR144-002EThis year for Derby, I wanted to create a top hat with a flatter brim design that would also be created with wire in the construction so that it could be reshaped as desired for many different looks.

I fashioned the base of the hat out of a mocha and black striped taffeta and added a flat, wired black dupioni silk brim.

Blog-TaylorDer186-001B-Web.MedI trimmed the crown of the hat with a narrow black braid, and then swirled soft mocha tulle around the crown, gathering it softly in the back in a free form “bow”.

Blog-TaylorDer186-001G-Web.MedFor the trim centerpiece I fashioned a single black silk organza rose curl and framed it with a medley of chocolate and gold organza leaves. I nestled the floral centerpiece into the center of the bow and let long tails of the mocha tulle spill down the brim.

Blog-TaylorDer186-001H-Web.MedI love the look of top hats. They have an “equestrian” flair and are decidedly romantic. The new “Taylor” top hat design is perfect for your Derby adventure and all your equine sporting events!

Blog-TaylorDer186-001D-Web.MedFor more views of the “Taylor” hat design shown above, please visit the Taylor Der186-001 webpage at maggiemae.com.

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 61 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 60 Derby chapeaux and 60 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – What is the name of the company in New England that has been creating the Derby trophy since 1975?

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

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!

Sally

Catlaunch Goes Top Hat for Old Friends

The fourth hat up for bid in our “Hats Off to the Horses” auction series honors the Ohio-bred stakes-winning gelding and 3-time Ohio Horse of the Year, Catlaunch.

Blog-CatlaunchHorse3-RickCapone-FramedI can’t even begin to tell you what a privilege it is to create these Derby hats to honor the retired racehorses of Old Friends. And nothing pleases me more than to share with you how each horse inspired me to create their individual millinery tributes.

Blog-CatlaunchHat8For starters, I asked Michael Blowen, president and founder of Old Friends, what his impressions were of his new retiree. “Catlaunch is a prime example of how a sturdy Thoroughbred, given the care and love of his trainer, groom, owner and jockey, can have a successful career for many years. He’s very smart and loveable and he eats carrots out of my mouth.”

Beth Shannon, a volunteer at Old Friends, described Catlaunch as “the color of an antique mahogany piece of furniture. A lovely, rich brown though not flashy. But there is one thing about his looks that’s very flashy – he is a giraffe! Tall, long legged, long necked, holds his head high, slender. He’s all heart and he’s sweet, too. He likes to lick faces and ears.”

Blog-CatlaunchHorse1-RickCapone-FramedMy research continued with reviews of The Cat’s victories, his pedigree and his racing connections. Known affectionately by some as Thistledown’s “Iron Horse”, Catlaunch retired to Old Friends at the age of 13 a millionaire, with 40 victories and 22 stakes wins to his credit.

Blog-CatlaunchHat-Process1To capture Catlaunch’s statuesque, elegant physique, I decided on a splendid top hat style for the hat’s foundation.

Blog-CatlaunchHat-Process2BI was thrilled when I found the perfect blue turquoise metallic taffeta to create it!

Blog-CatlaunchHat-Process3For the trim centerpiece I shaped a large rose curl out of alternating layers of blush pink and rose pink organza to adorn the front of the hat. A medley of turquoise blue organza leaves were fashioned to frame it.

Blog-CatlaunchHat-Process4 A double bow and sash were created out of a rich golden mahogany brown crinkled taffeta lined with soft turquoise crinkled taffeta.

Blog-CatlaunchHat-Process5Mocha hat veiling was layered to delicately cover the entire hat and gracefully drape down over the wearer’s face.

Blog-CatlaunchHat-Process7For a final touch to the centerpiece, three long, curvaceous “feathers” were created out of mocha organza with a golden shimmer and then set behind the rose curl.

Blog-CatlaunchHat-Process6 Three clear, soft blue buttons were hand stitched to adorn the back seam.

Blog-CatlaunchHat-Process8 The lining was created from a rich chocolate taffeta.

Blog-CatlaunchHat13 The finished “Catlaunch” design measures approximately 17 inches across and 10 inches in height, inclusive of the “feathers”.

Blog-CatlaunchHat2 As a physical remembrance of Catlaunch, several strands of the great gelding’s tail hairs were braided and woven into the trim of the hat, creating a unique, one-of-a-kind Derby chapeau that captures Catlaunch not only in spirit but in substance as well.

Talk about The Cat’s Meow!

Following a quick photo shoot here in our MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® studio…

Blog-CatlaunchHat-Process9The “Catlaunch” was off and running to Old Friends for the big photo shoot with Shea and Julien Leparoux!

Blog-BallFour-SheaandJulien-2012For a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Catlaunch photo shoot at Old Friends, check out the video footage below so generously provided by EquiSport Photos.

We want to extend a big thank you to jockey Julien Leparoux and his lovely wife Shea who have been super models for our auction hats this season and to Matt and Wendy Wooley of EquiSport Photos who worked their video/photographic magic once again. The dress that Bella Rose Clothing Boutique, Lexington, Kentucky furnished for Shea matched the “Catlaunch” top hat beautifully. Our thanks to you all!

The “Catlaunch” auction hat is up for bid staring January 1st at this Catlunch EBay link; bidding ends January 11th at 8 PM EST.

Please also enjoy this slideshow of the “Catlaunch” chapeau and the horse who inspired its creation.

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For more information, please visit the Catlaunch hat webpage and also the Caltaunch horse webpage at maggiemae.com.

Thank you for visiting Hats and Horses, and welcome home Catlaunch!

Sally