This month’s nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have many eagerly awaiting what’s sure to be a fashion extravaganza, with designer gowns, twinkling (crown) jewels and the de rigueur accessory: decorative headwear.
Whether you’re a fan of the pillbox hat that was favored by Jackie O or of an embellished fascinator, a talented community of Northwest-based milliners is keeping this British wedding tradition alive here at home. “A well-chosen fascinator is the perfect chic accessory to gracefully complete your ensemble,” says Marie Conrad, owner of Spokane-based heirloom accessory studio Emici Livet.
Throw your hat into the ring with a few of our favorite local custom designs.
Plum-colored velvet bloom with crystal center on a headband, by Spokane’s Marie Conrad, $325, available online only at Emici Livet, emicilivet.com.
“Pretty in Blue” handmade blue cocktail hat with silk floral and decorative bird details, $375, Kelly Christy Hats, by appointment. Ballard, 2032 NW 59th St.; 212.965.0686; Facebook, “Kelly Christy Hats” (other styles also available at Hitchcock in Madrona)
“Rochelle” silk pillbox hat with hand-dyed red roses and full cage blusher, $510, deVuono Hats, by appointment. Wallingford, 3711 Carr Place N; 206.633.2421; devuonohats.com.