The first issue of theHumm for 2014 features the gorgeous hats of milliner Robert Pauly. Some people prefer stark, minimalist elements in their homes, their personal apparel, and their accessories. Others, like Robert Pauly, love adornment in all its forms. Clayton-based Pauly creates wonderful women’s hats that run the gamut from whimsical to elegant. All are eye-catching.
Many of Pauly’s millinery creations are bespoke hats – custom designed in consultation with his clients for special events like weddings, galas and parties. Each is a unique sculptural achievement designed to complement its owner’s stature, face shape and personal taste.
Pauly couldn’t have wished for a better publicity event than the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton (Kate to the British media) in April 2011, when various guests sported wonderful fascinators, or “mini hats”. According to Wikipedia, the amazing model worn by Princess Beatrice of York caused such a media stir that it went on to become an internet phenomenon with its own Facebook page. The fascinator eventually garnered 99,000 Euros (roughly $140,000) for charity when Princess Beatrice auctioned it on eBay. Canadian fashionistas took special notice when Catherine, now Duchess of Cambridge, wore a vivid red fascinator during her visit to Canada a few months later.
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