Fascinators. What? Where? How?

As the Veuve Clicquot Masters 2012 approaches at lightning pace, most of us are starting to think of outfits to dazzle fellow guests with.

We suggest you start with your Fascinator.

First up, let’s have a look at exactly what a fascinator is.

“A fascinator is a headpiece, a style of millinery. The word originally referred to a fine, lacy head covering akin to a shawl and made from wool or lace, but mostly feathers. Today, a fascinator may be worn instead of a hat on occasions where hats were traditionally worn—such as weddings—or as an evening accessory, when it may be called a cocktail hat. It is generally worn with fairly formal attire.

The fun, fanciful ornament is often embellished with crystals, beads, or loops of ribbon, and attaches via a comb or headband; some have a small, stiff, flat base that can be secured with bobby pins. They are particularly popular at premium horse-racing events.”

Here are some of our favourite ideas:


Our Top Tip: Choose your fascinator or hat first and then find a dress/outfit to go with it.


We’re certainly looking forward to seeing some outrageous fascinators at this year’s Veuve Clicquot Masters! Remember – The Little Hattery will be at the Veuve Clicquot Masters with the most gorgeous hats and fascinators.


(Fascinators from The Little Hattery)


Save it in your Diary:

Event: Veuve Clicquot Masters 2012

Date: Saturday 25th February 2012

Venue: Val de Vie Estate (Paarl-Franschhoek Valley)

Start time: 2:30 – 7pm

After party: 7 – 11pm

Dress code: Ladies and gentlemen are encouraged to wear their best designer dresses, summer suits and fascinators or hats.

Tickets: R400 per person (includes a glass of wine on arrival, a ’before polo tea’ canapé platter and entrance to the Equus Lounge after party)


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