Is it a hat?
Is it a band?
It’s not so plain, so let me explain.
A fascinator may look like a small hat but is held in place by a band, clip, pin or comb. You’ve seen Princess Katherine wearing it. Camilla wore one on her wedding day to Prince Charles. It was made by Philip Treacy, who also made the butterfly version you see here. You’ll see many more versions among the guests at the Royal wedding on Friday.
While I don’t think grand hats will catch on anytime soon in the USA, I’m willing to go out on a limb and say the fascinator is here to stay. Why? Because it is so easy to wear–even for the hat averse– and is a great way to add drama to any outfit.
The three pictured below are custom pieces from Chicago milliner Carla Faso’s Spring 2011 collection and range in price from $250-$350.