Media Flocks To Kate's “Fascinator”

On Thursday, the princess bride, Kate Middleton, sported a funky feathered headpiece at the launch of a new lifeboat "Hereford Endeavour" in Wales.

Kate Middleton Headgear

Bird's of a feather stick together

Her bird-like head brooch fit in seamlessly with her famous elegant-meets-effortless style. Along with the nest on top of her head, Kate wore an off-the-rack tailored camel jacket (that retails for $1,200), a brown scarf and gloves.

But the talk of the hour was that feathered headpiece worn atop a nest of coiffured curls. While this was a simple departure from Middleton's usual soft, simple wavy hair, we guess you can't rock the fashion boat too much when you're a princess on deck, right?

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We consulted our fashionistas to find out what the feathered hair piece on Kate Middleton's head is called: it's referred to as a "fascinator," and it's a fancy cousin to the beret, with an elaborate decoration designed to draw the eye.

It was custom made for Middleton by Vivien Sherrif Millinery, an English designer known for creating kooky head gear. Hmm... maybe this is a preview to the veil Middleton might wear come her royal wedding to Will in April?

Are the feathers the newest wedding fashion trend?

According to People:

"The princess-to-be's beret included an antique cameo, pheasant feathers and something perfectly appropriate for the future daughter-in-law of the Prince of Wales-- Welsh military metals."

What do you think of Kate Middleton's feathered friend?

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Comments on "Kate Middleton's feathered head piece"

Emma May 03, 2012 | 10:38 AM

I agree, some of the fascinators and head pieces worn are absolutely ridiculous! But this one is an exception. I love the feathers and cameo. It is vintage, yet still young with a funky sense! Kate can really pull anything off. Her style is one to be admired by all and she carries herself beautifully.

Sara May 21, 2011 | 4:08 PM

No, Brits don't have a chip in their brain - The majority think they looked as stupid as you did. They obviously have more money than sense and the designer should be sectioned under the mental health act. All those hats and several of the outfits looked absolutely ridiculous.

Sara May 21, 2011 | 4:01 PM

Not all Brits think wearing that kind of thing on your head looks good. Most of them look absolutely ridiculous. They obviously have more money than sense. The person who designed them should be sectioned because if he thinks they look good either he is taking medication or he is completely mad.

Helen May 20, 2011 | 4:45 AM

Am I the only person to be dumbfounded by the display of hats at the royal wedding? I was in stitches! Fascinator? Confuser, more like. I'm confused. Maybe the Brits have a chip in their brain that makes them think that having a ludicrous and idiotic object perched upon their head in front of 50 million people is a good thing. Very odd.

me May 06, 2011 | 10:00 AM

Thats all it takes to fascinate the media? A hat?

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