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Joining the Azzedine Alaïa “Get Outta My Goddamn Face” train is milliner, Philip Treacy. Remember that much-derided but still stunning fascinator worn by Princess Beatrice and designed by Treacy for the Royal Wedding all those months back? Yep, that one. Well, apparently people are still talking smack, but Treacy is not. Having. It. Discussing the public outcry against Bea’s hat, the milliner told the Guardian‘s Kate Kellaway:
I felt hurt for her. She is only 22 and there was a little bit of bullying going on. I didn’t give a fuck about 140,000 bloggers. In the future, we’ll look back and think she looked wild.
Let ‘em know, Treacy. And for the record, FashionIndie was on board with that hat from the get-go. Then again, we’re always a fan of a say-something hat.
Anygay, the Guardian interview is definitely a worthwhile read. Among the many interesting and fascinating tidbits Treacy relates, there’s the time he had a hat show with Liz Taylor:
A couple of years ago, I got a phone call: would Mr Treacy make a hatpin for Elizabeth Taylor? I said: “Might Miss Taylor like a hat to go with the hatpin?” and the answer was: yes. I went to see her at the Dorchester. I didn’t know whether I was going to be dealing with a very tricky person but she was a sweetheart. I thought it would be entertaining to do a hat show on her in her room – because, after all, she is an old lady. I tried 25 hats on her. She kept saying: “Which hat can I have”? And at the end I said: “You can have them all.” I gave her 25 hats. She said: “I must do something for you in return.” But I’d got my return just by hanging out with her.
…the time Lady Gaga visited him for an internship:
[O]ne Monday morning, four burly bodyguards arrived – Lady Gaga’s security team – to check out the security of the building. I looked at them as if to say: what?! Who is going to take a pot shot at Lady Gaga? Anyway, she is young, talented and peculiar – which I like. The Brit awards were the next night and she said to her people (I loved this): “Can somebody buy me some brown underwear for tomorrow?”
…and the time the Queen almost slapped him with her royal backhand:
When I met the Queen, at a design evening at Buckingham Palace, she asked: “What do you do?” “I make hats, ma’am.” She said: “Am I the only person who wears a hat these days?” And I said: “Ma’am, you have kept hats alive in the imagination of people all over the world.” When you meet the Queen, you are not supposed to ask questions. But I thought: what the hell. So I looked her in the eye and said: “Ma’am, do you enjoy wearing hats?” And she stood back and said: “It is part of the uniform.”
Imagine? A.) having a conversation about hats with Queen Elizabeth II and B.) the look of righteous indignation on her face after asking her if she enjoys something that is as sacred to her as England itself. I would’ve soiled my knickers.
Mostly out of joy. [Guardian]