Hello there. Glad to see you all here for this very special occasion. Sassy Topper of Hatsquisite Magazine™ is your host this evening. And here she is.
SASSY: Good evening. Welcome to Hattingdon’s First Annual Hatful of Smiles™ Awards.
This is Sassy Topper of Hatsquisite Magazine™ and I will be your host.
Just in time too. Oh, wow. Look. Here comes the hatted cartoon diva herself. Hattingdon. Yes. Here she is. Oh my!
Hattingdon is absolutely stunning in a glittery gold turban trimmed with the most devastating green feather. Simply dazzling. Hopefully I can get a few words from Hattingdon before we start.
Here’s a reminder of this year’s categories.
Best New Hattingdon® Design
Best Vintage Hattingdon® Design
Most Commented on Hattingdon® Design
The Hattingdon® Très Chic Award (Most Stylish)
The Hattingdon® Très Chérie Award (Most Darling)
SASSY: Hattingdon. Hattingdon! Come here. Come here dear and say a few words to your fans and hat lovers around the world.
HATTINGDON: Hello Sassy. And all of you out there. Hello darlings. It’s absolutely smashing to see you.
SASSY: You look absolutely scrumptious. And oh so glamorous.
I had heard that you would be wearing a new avant-garde piece that is “out of this world”, so they say.
HATTINGDON: Yes. Vivian did make me something very special. But I decided as cute as it is, not quite right for the look I wanted for this occasion. And it is an occasion, isn’t it Sassy luv?
SASSY: It certainly is. I can hardly wait to see what hats have won. You had some unforgettable moments in hats last year.
But I must talk for just a minute about that sparkling turban. I am in love with it. And that emerald green textured feather! How gorgeous is that. And right on trend in green too. Green is everywhere this year. So 2017. And just yummy.
HATTINGDON: Thank you. I do look devastatingly lovely — and as you so charmingly put it — yummy.
SASSY: Yes. Um.
Well then. Talk a bit about the award-winning hats we are about to see. Do you have a particular favorite?
HATTINGDON: Yes I do. It was voted Best New Design which is the very first award we are announcing. Instead of talking about it, let’s see it.
SASSY: Yes. Let’s do. I am giddy with excitement. Here we go!
SASSY: Hattingdon, you look exceptional in this hat. And that wig. My goodness. Vivian did a great job designing this for you.
HATTINGDON: Yes, Vivian was inspired putting this look together for me. I love everything about this. And you know how fussy I am. Snort!
SASSY: And Vivian created it to celebrate Mad Hatter’s Day and wasn’t even going to sell it.
HATTINGDON: True. But the demand was incredible for reasons you can see!
SASSY: On to the next.
HATTINGDON: Vivian loves this design. So does our staff. I am so happy it has been so successful for her. It was retired, but once people became reacquainted with it, back in the shop it went.
SASSY: Well, there’s a lot we can say here. And the reason it was the most commented on, right?
HATTINGDON: Oh, yes. Snort! I don’t mind it. I love the glasses. Not so sure about the scarf. But we couldn’t come up with a hat to go with those glasses. I thought maybe a beret. But Vivian for some reason was married to the scarf idea.
SASSY: Hmmm. I’m trying to imagine it with a beret. But what color?
HATTINGDON: Vivian redesigned it in fuschia based on the suggestion of a fan who was crazy about the design with the scarf. Here’s how that turned out. What do you think? A beret in fuschia? Or do you like this?
SASSY: I sort of do. Well. Yes, I believe I do like it in this color. Funny how much a color change can impact a look isn’t it? This was never for sale, right, because of permissions and . . .
Oooh, I love what’s coming up. Sigh.
HATTINGDON: Quit peeking.
SASSY: This is just so pretty. And indeed très chic. Oh, and the beauty mark. Did you style it that way or did Vivian?
SASSY: Now, these last two awards are not based on sales or anything. They are Staff picks. Right?
HATTINGDON: Well the Staff selects the contenders. And then the Staff votes. But they also send ballots out to Club Hattingdon members who vote too.
Vivian really needs to come up with a better name than Club Hattingdon. Snort.
SASSY: I think I get what you mean.
HATTINGDON: The Jenny Rose design was created for the Kentucky Derby. The Lily hat was designed for the Oaks.
SASSY: Can you believe it? We have arrived at the final award.
SASSY (chuckling): Well this is the most darling isn’t it?
HATTINGDON: Yes it is and I love wearing it. We are crazy about snowflakes around the studio too. Good time of year for Flap, wouldn’t you say?
SASSY: Yes indeedy it is (still chuckling).
Well, that’s a wrap ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for joining us for the 2017 Hatful of Smiles™ Awards.
Good night everyone. Say good night, Hattingdon.
HATTINGDON: Good night Hattingdon. Good night everyone. Love you!
PLEASE NOTE: Hatsquisite™ magazine is not a real magazine. Hatsquisite™ magazine and Sassy Topper emerged from the fertile imagination of Hattingdon® creator Vivian Grant Farrell. Thank you.
We told you we had something special for you for Christmas, and here she is. Happy Christmas from me and Hattingdon.
Inspiration Behind the Macy Hattingdon® Christmas Hat Design
When I was a girl my Dad took me to Macy’s in midtown Manhattan at Christmas. It was so colorful and exciting from the outside I could hardly wait to see what was on the inside.
As we entered, some of the first departments we saw were jewelry and perfume. At the entrance to the Perfume Department my eyes lit at the gorgeous ladies standing there giving out samples. What glamour!
They wore short red velvet dresses with plunging necklines trimmed in white (fake) fur, fishnet stockings and patent leather high heels. But they didn’t have on Santa hats. They had on hats made of elegantly wrapped Christmas gift boxes with enormous red velvet bows worn at a jaunty angle. I can see them in my mind’s eye as if it were yesterday.
Here’s wishing you a Christmas full of colorful and joyful memories and a hatful of smiles from Hattingdon and I.