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Kate Middleton Didn't Get Philip Treacy's Fascinator Memo

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KMids, hat and bump and all via Getty

Philip Treacy, a favorite milliner of the UK, gleefully read the fascinator's eulogy over the weekend, telling The Sunday Times,
"The fascinator is dead and I'm delighted." The small hat that perches on top and often to the side of the head, made a comeback in the last couple of years that was so massive that Americans even thought about maybe trying them out. He continued, "The word fascinator sounds like a dodgy sex toy and what's so fascinating about a fascinator?"

The message didn't reach Kate Middleton quickly enough as she sported a khaki-colored one by Whiteley to the National Review of Queen's Scouts (featuring Bear Grylls) at Windsor Castle on Sunday. It's okay, though, considering we almost didn't notice what with respectably-sized baby bump underneath the Mulberry coat. And finally, Kentucky Derby headwear traditionalists will be glad to know that Treacy is "seeing a return to proper hats," since "Mass production means that [fascinators] became so cheap to produce that now they are no more than headbands with a feather stuck on with a glue gun." Noted.
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