He's busier than ever, creating hats for the most photographed women in the world, from Lady Gaga to the Duchess of Cambridge and Victoria Beckham. But if there’s one style he won’t be doing any time soon, it’s the fascinator.
"The fascinator is dead and I’m delighted,” the celebrity milliner proclaimed in a recent interview with the Sunday Times. So why the change of heart?
“What’s so fascinating about a fascinator?" he said. “Mass production means that they became so cheap to produce that now they are no more than headbands with a feather stuck on with a glue gun. We’re seeing a return to proper hats.”
Treacy created a staggering 35 hats for guests at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (including behind the much-mocked pretzel-shaped one worn by Princess Beatrice, which he called a 'sculptured ribbon pillbox') confirmed a return to "proper hats", saying how he was happy to see the back of the feathered headband.
Perhaps the Irish designer's newfound aesthetic is an attempt to align himself with the Queen’s tastes. Just last year, at the height of the fascinator craze, the ornate hats were banned from the Royal Enclosure at the Royal Ascot, meaning: If you want to sit with the queen, you better wear a "proper" hat. Now that Philip Treacy has officially deemed fascinators passé, we're going to have to say a formal goodbye to the eye-catching hats -- after all, if Philip's not making them, then we won't be wearing them.