Saturday 14 May 2011

a show-stopping hat

Off to the races, and want to don one of these stunning Suzy O’Rourke headpieces to honour Black Caviar!

Hats have played an important role in the history of horse racing for centuries, dating as far back as August 1711 when the first race meeting was held at the world famous Royal Ascot in the United Kingdom. There it was decreed that ‘all guests within the Royal Enclosure adhere to a strict dress code: male attendees must wear full morning dress including a top hat, whilst ladies must not show bare midriffs or shoulders and must wear hats’. It didn’t take long for the Royal dress code to catch on at the major racetracks around the world… albeit a less severe dress code than at Royal Ascot, race goers still respect the tradition of appropriate attire and of course a hat. Suzy O’Rourke, Sydney Milliner

These elegant and luxurious collection of hats, headpieces and fascinators, made from fine lace, leather and feathered fringe, are from the LE PALACE – AW11 COUTURE collection. Inspired by the infamous Paris club – Le PALACE where fashion, music and underground culture intersected to create an extravagant spectacle. Among those who adored Le Palace were Karl Largerfeld, Grace Jones and Andy Warhol to name a few.

{Images via Suzy O’Rourke website}


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