Philip Treacy Defends Princess Beatrice’s Royal Wedding Hat
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Let’s face it, the real star of Prince William and Princess Catherine Royal Wedding was the cashmere sea creature that sat perched atop Princess Beatrice’s head. The daughter of Prince Andrew and Duchess Sarah Ferguson exhibited supremely heinous taste in headwear that’s generated so much buzz in the days following the royal wedding, it’s sparked a trail of memes that knows no bounds!
Now the famous milliner behind the creation is sounding off on the criticism. Beatrice’s headpiece was one of almost 40 hats Philip Treacy, beloved by walking fashion nightmare Lady Gaga, made for Will and Kate’s guests. Although his design has become so mocked that its’ spawned a 130,000-member strong Facebook fan page — “Princess Beatrice’s Ridiculous Royal Wedding Hat ” — Treacy says he frankly doesn’t care if you don’t get it.
“My inspiration was beauty and elegance. It’s a 21st century royal wedding,” the fashionisto said Wednesday. Treacy added that Princess Beatrice and her sister Eugenie didn’t request their controversial looks. Instead, they trusted Philip, a longtime friend to the Royal Family, to make them “beautiful.”
Gee, look how well that turned out.
He added: “No, they didn’t tell me [what they wanted] because I’ve known them for a long time and I wanted them to look gorgeous and beautiful. They trusted me to make them. Gorgeous and beautiful can be open to interpretation … I thought they looked gorgeous and beautiful. But no one is crying if anyone didn’t.”
Some conspiracy theorists have even suggested that the girls’ mother, Sarah, may have selected the eyebrow-raising toppers just to piss off Queen Elizabeth. It was at the monarch’s insistence, mind you, that Ferguson not be invited to the British social event of the century.
“I’m sure Sarah helped pick out those hats,” says a Fergie informant. “The one thing Sarah hates more than anything is being ignored and this was her way of saying f-you to the family who would rather pretend she doesn’t exist…There is a lot of competition within the family to out-dress each other,” my insider tells me. “And nothing draws more attention to you than an elaborate hat. I guarantee you that a lot of time, thought and money went into selecting these works of art. Nothing happens by chance in that family!”