Hold on to Your Hat

We adore our hats but one must admit, they’re fair weather friends. Even the most well made hat can be damaged by windy or rainy weather. This became evident in the days following the Kentucky Derby. Polly began receiving questions about reviving hats which, on a blustery Derby Day, had had too much of a…

Little Black Dress

But when it’s time to be discreet There’s one thing you just can’t beat And that’s a strapless backless classical little black dress Richard Hartley, Shock Treatment Audrey Hepburn knew it, as did Betty Boop and Edith Piaf. Clearly Mme. Gautreau, the subject of John Singer Sargent’s portrait of Madame X knew it; that is,…

Men Love Curves

Yes, we know that men love curves. However, that pertains to hats as well. My Simply Elegant hat has been popular with men, as well as women. I recently met with a client to design a Kentucky Derby hat. Her boyfriend was present. His comment on seeing his girlfriend in a black Simply Elegant was…

Sinatra, Hats and Stamps

The recent postal increases left some people confused. Raising stamp prices for a penny? However, that changed for me when I saw the newest 42 cent stamp. Seeing the magnificent image of Old Blue Eyes made me smile. Frank Sinatra was a musical icon. Very few people have come that close to achieving what he…

Something Old, Something New

As the old saying goes for any bride she needs “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue”. We have begun to see a new trend in bridal fashion that incorporates the old and new. Polly has had some recent clients who want to use the material from their mother or grandmother’s wedding veil…

The Preakness Stakes

The Preakness Stakes, which follows the Kentucky Derby and precedes the Belmont Stakes, is the middle jewel of one of the most honored traditions in thoroughbred racing, The Triple Crown. This year the Preakness will be held on May 17 at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore, the second oldest race track in the nation. Since…