As a bon vivant who has traveled the globe, R. Couri Hay has seen his share of fashionable hats. The society columnist and publicist has had a front-row seat at the Kentucky Derby, Ascot in London, Monte Carlo, and the New York Central Park hat luncheon, as well as seeing many Easter parades. This is why he is in a credible position to observe a growing trend in millinery magnificence.
“The sophisticated ladies are decorating their hats much more with real flowers to give them an added edge,” he observes. “It used to be more silk flowers or sometimes having a hat looking like the Eiffel Tower or Statue of Liberty. But now flowers are blooming everywhere.”
Some of the most creative hat shows on the planet regularly take place at the Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon hosted by the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy. This do-gooder fashion event has raised over $200 million in recent years under the leadership of floral hat lover Gillian Miniter and other philanthropists.
“It fits the theme since, at the Conservancy luncheon, you are surrounded by lilacs in blooms, hyacinths, and beautiful displays of flowers on all the tables and surrounding areas,” he says.
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