Because you can't have depths without surfaces.
Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Who needs a crown when you have a hat?

American monarch



(The cloche, decorated with a Swarovski crystal encrusted bow, cost $179 (£129) and came from Mr Song Millinery in Detroit, the Motor City, where Luke Song has been making hats for 25 years.)

13 comments:

Deja Pseu said...

Long Live the Queen of Soul!

Anonymous said...

That voice! It says everything there is to be said about the African American - hell, the human - experience. And the hat is a masterpiece.

Anonymous said...

I thought the hat was magnificent!

Anastasia said...

The hat is beautifully coordinated with the pearl earrings. But Aretha can really wear anything she likes, because she always will look spectacular.
Beyonce who?

vespabelle said...

I LOVED her hat! It's extravagant but really not too flashy by some weird miracle of fashion. Maybe it was the gray + sparkles combo?

Belinda said...

Thanks Linda for getting the hat details - you're a star. And when I have an occasion for such a hat I intent to go straight to Detroit. Indeed, it's SUCH a hat I think I ought to invent an occasion for it.

Geraldine Ryan said...

She did look stupendous!

JulieESG said...

LOVED it!

Tricia said...

Fabulous hat; but it should have been Jennifer Hudson up there. love & respect to them both

Marilyn said...

Yes, she is the Queen of Soul

The tune she sang is, of course, identical to England's national anthem, so I'm wondering if a similarly soulful, gospel-driven version of "God Save the Queen" has been ever been recorded? Anyone know?

Anonymous said...

None of the (straight) men I've spoken to liked it, but I thought it was great.

Completely Alienne said...

I was surprised when I realised it was the tune of the National Anthem. I haven't heard anything similar to that but I have heard an eighteenth century version on one of those turn the handle music boxes which was at twice the speed we sing it now and embellished with all sorts of twiddly bits.

Duchesse said...

The great, inimitable Sister Ree, carrying on the proud tradition of the Church Lady Hat.