It has been a busy race season for team Atelier. We’ve had hats going to the Kentucky Derby and Derby day parties in New York. Royal Ascot kept us busy in June and our pop up shop at the gentleman’s hatters Bates ran for its second year.
We took a turn at Newbury Races for the Immediate Media staff summer party, it was festival themed with their staff trying out a number of activities, including archery and gin tasting. We were on hand to teach 50 ladies how to make fascinators, it was essentially our Fast Fascinator in Four Hours course condensed into two speedy 45 minute sessions! If you’d like to try this workshop out for yourself head to our website to book.
It hasn’t just been all about new commissions; our customers’ favoured titfers have been spruced and there have been hats in need of serious post-festivity TLC We have seen more than a few frantic customers who have borrowed hats from friends only having had to contend with the wet British weather, being sat on and some over enthusiastic Champagne cork popping! The season isn’t over yet with Glorious Goodwood (Qatar Goodwood Festival) starting on July 26th .
(above Glorious Goodwood Blue and White Best Dressed Competition source)
The dress code isn’t quite as formal as Royal Ascot, with the organisers favouring informal elegance. The third day being Ladies Day and a Best Dressed Blue and White competition on the Friday we thought we’dshare a few of our favourite hat pictures from Royal Ascot and a few from our own collection to help inspire your Goodwood choices. To paraphrase Shakespeare:
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of “millinery”.”
Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 75–77
We’ve included some blue and white options from our current collection in case you are thinking of entering the competition. Pictured styles: Chi Chi Bow (bridal), How bow can you go (available in the boutique in blue and ivory) and Hayfever (pictured in white and available in store in ivory). The Hayfever is one of the hats you can learn to make on our two day Intermediate Millinery Course .
If you are looking for the glamour of a wide brim hat without the hat hair, a saucer style is a great option. Couture Coolie (pictured in cream and black) is sewn on to a hair band at the perfect dramatic angle! Also pictured is Garden Party. Come and see us at the boutique for more colour options and styles.