Kate Middleton Wins Hat Person of the Year

Kate Middleton wore a maple leaf hat for a Canadian visit

New York–Hats off to Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, who just won The Headwear Association’s 3rd Annual Hat Person of the Year.

As the striking new duchess has been driving hat trends ever since she stepped into the royal spotlight, her win is no huge surprise. However, the lead she took over the other nominees was definitely impressive.

In The Headwear Association’s online poll, Middleton received 91% of the vote, beating Rachel Zoe (4%), Ne-Yo (2%), Justin Timberlake (1%), Bruno Mars (1%) and Charlie Sheen (1%).

To see more of Middleton’s stylish hat choices in 2011, visit the Headwear Association’s blog.

Favorites include the wine-colored velvet hat by Rose Cory that Kate wore this Christmas, and a maple leaf headpiece by London milliner Sylvia Fletcher of Lock & Co., established in 1676. Naturally, this hat was worn on a visit to Canada.




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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine & accessoriesmagazine.com
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories for the past 14 years, Lauren Parker has covered women's fashion accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. She frequently judges industry design competitions and loves seeing the next generation of designers come into their own. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.