Gina Foster makes gorgeous millinery. If you’re the Duchess of Cambridge, or in that set, or for that matter, Miriam González Durántez Clegg, who wore Foster’s Excelsior (£198) to the Diamond Jubilee thanksgiving service at St Paul’s, you already know that.
If on the other hand, the thought of having to wear a proper, Occasion Hat sends you into a tail-spin – and it’s remarkable how many otherwise rational women become alarmed/angered/indignant-to-the-point of becoming a class warrior at the prospect of having to place decorative straw in proximity to scalp – and you’re ready to splash out, this is your woman.
Foster’s hats deliver high style and drama without ever veering into fatuous exhibitionism. Whether it’s Premier, £480, a giant black flower perched on the side of the head, Krupp £495, a Zaha Hadid-ian falling petal with an undertow of silk flowers most recently seen on the Duchess of Cambridge, or my own favourite, Millennium, £375, a smallish pillbox with a corona of flowers and veil that’s designed to be worn towards the front of the head, they are beautiful, and romantic, yet sculptural, precise and chic.