Kate Middleton Had a Hand in Designing that $675 Potato Chip Hat

Remember that straw-colored hat that Duchess Catherine wore to Zara Phillips' wedding last weekend? The one that looked a lot like a potato chip (a Pringle specifically)? New details about the hat reveal that Duchess Catherine actually had a hand in designing it. While Kate shopped her closet for her wedding outfit, wearing a lace dress by Collette Dinnigan and a brocade coat by Day Birger et Mikkelsen that she'd worn to wedding in 2006, her hat was brand new and bespoke. The Duchess enlisted milliner Gina Foster to create her wedding topper, People is reporting, though that floral detail on the underside of the hat was all Kate's idea. That detail was a great touch--it added interest and femininity to a shape that might otherwise have been overly potato-chip-y. Kate had a lot of input in the design of her wedding dress as well--could there a budding designer emerging?
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Remember that straw-colored hat that Duchess Catherine wore to Zara Phillips' wedding last weekend? The one that looked a lot like a potato chip (a Pringle specifically)? New details about the hat reveal that Duchess Catherine actually had a hand in designing it. While Kate shopped her closet for her wedding outfit, wearing a lace dress by Collette Dinnigan and a brocade coat by Day Birger et Mikkelsen that she'd worn to wedding in 2006, her hat was brand new and bespoke. The Duchess enlisted milliner Gina Foster to create her wedding topper, People is reporting, though that floral detail on the underside of the hat was all Kate's idea. That detail was a great touch--it added interest and femininity to a shape that might otherwise have been overly potato-chip-y. Kate had a lot of input in the design of her wedding dress as well--could there a budding designer emerging?
Photo: Getty

Photo: Getty

Remember that straw-colored hat that Duchess Catherine wore to Zara Phillips' wedding last weekend? The one that looked a lot like a potato chip (a Pringle specifically)?

New details about the hat reveal that Duchess Catherine actually had a hand in designing it.

While Kate shopped her closet for her wedding outfit, wearing a lace dress by Collette Dinnigan and a brocade coat by Day Birger et Mikkelsen that she'd worn to wedding in 2006, her hat was brand new and bespoke.

Photo: Getty

Photo: Getty

The Duchess enlisted milliner Gina Foster to create her wedding topper, People is reporting, though that floral detail on the underside of the hat was all Kate's idea. That detail was a great touch--it added interest and femininity to a shape that might otherwise have been overly potato-chip-y. Kate had a lot of input in the design of her wedding dress as well--could there a budding designer emerging?

"It's a slight departure from her normal hat style but it's quite good to try different shapes," designer Foster said of her creation, which retails for $675. "It was contemporary yet sophisticated."

Foster, who was given just 10 days to create the hat, said Kate was "a normal person I guess, she's very down-to-earth and polite."

Hilariously, the Daily Mail is reporting that the hat earned mixed reviews and that "some likened it to a Pringle crisp, while in the U.S. the hat was dubbed 'the potato chip.'" I did some Googling and I'm pretty sure "some" and the whole of the U.S. was just me and some other fashion crazies. Hey, I call it like I see it.

What do you think of the hat?