Hat Attack #12

July 1st, 2014


Hat Attack is celebrating its first anniversary and in honor of this milestone, The SC is wearing a hat created by Diane Harty HERE from Frisco HERE which is a short drive from Vail and is referred to as  the “Main Street Of The Rockies.”  I stopped into Diane’s studio with Mr. J on our trip down the mountain several weeks ago.


July’s headpiece is the “Halo,” made of straw and stripped rooster feathers.  It is a major “face-framer” and makes me feel alive with its dramatic movement.    

“I am a one person studio, specializing in hats constructed on an antique straw machine.  Most of my hats are created from strands of braid 5 to 12 mm wide.   This requires a specialized, antique chain-stitch sewing machine.  My pieces range from the basic sun or cap style hat to abstract or representational  sculptural cocktail hats. I approach each hat as a sculpture as I do not use any blocks or forms to create the shape as I stitch.  This gives each hat a uniqueness and vitality.”  ~ Diane Harty


Photos by Daniel

I’ve entered a new phase in my hat consciousness.  The hat room is bursting at the seams and I no longer need or want to possess every hat that I adore.  I’ve become aware that wearing a hat that I love for one or two times satisfies my longing for its beauty, and that part of my mission is to spread the word and promote milliners or hat makers that I admire.  I would like to be a drop in the ocean of contribution, increasing the health of the millinery industry, with the goal of expanding “hat love” in any way that comes to mind.  I would like to give back to the artistic world of headwear, which has brought me years of pleasure.  And at the same time practice the art of “letting go.”

In the spirit of this mission, July’s hat is not in my possession, but for sale directly from Diane Harty, along with other beauties that are created in this magical studio located high in the Colorado Rockies.  Diane’s contact information is available on her website HERE.  Style Crone does not benefit financially from this post. However, Style Crone benefits greatly by the wearing of this magnificent and energetic piece of art, if only for a delicious few moments in time.

The generous and gorgeous Bella of The Citizen Rosebud HERE has activated the coupon code HATATTACK, giving you 15% off any purchase of $10 or more from her Etsy Shop HERE.  Check out the fresh-picked vintage treasures that she has to offer!

The SC is linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.  Patti is lovely, as she mixes old with new.

Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear love my way!

Please display your hat, headwrap, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you adore, give The SC a JULY HAT ATTACK and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post.  Can’t wait to see the beautiful contributions that you share throughout the next week. Participation will be open through Monday, July 7th.

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34 Responses to “Hat Attack #12”

  1. No Fear of Fashion

    Ohhhh Judith… How utterly beautiful. I am overwhelmed. I would love to buy your hat but won’t. I am still so at the start of hat wearing as you can read in my post of Barcelona. I bought the hat in this Hat Attack there, inspired by you. Unfortunately I am no good with hats (yet). Still have an aweful lot to learn. Like how to keep it on my head in the wind. What sort of hats suit me and what doesn’t. How to keep my hair from becoming a mess after wesring a hat.
    Oh… And happy anniversary.


    I hope the flowers are hat enough. Much love, my dear friend

  3. Beth Waltz

    Today I’m meeting a friend for lunch at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. P will show photos of art seen in Rome — I’ll show photos of this hat!

  4. Vix

    How wonderful of you to part with some of your incredible collection. The July hat is a beauty and looks incredible on you and I love how you’re prepared to share some of your incredible good taste and impeccable choice with the rest of the world. xxx

  5. Patti

    Ah this took my breath away. I though immediately about calling Bill Cunningham so he could feature you and this glorious hat! Thank you for starting, and wow! continuing for one year so far – this wonderful link-up.

  6. Linda

    Wow. Every month since I discovered your blog I think “Judith has outdone herself.” This month is no exception. Thank you for “Hat Attack” and thank you for being a walking work of art. Not to mention an inspiration for those of us who are no longer spring chickens.

  7. thorne garnet

    I hat from Smokey Joe’s Cafe

  8. Pam@over50feeling40

    That is a pretty amazing hat! You ladies do so much to keep hats in the accessory conversation ….so elegant yet fun!

  9. Shelley

    Interesting that you should be writing this now about not needed to own every fabulous hat that you see; that wearing it once or twice is enough. I’ve been feeling this way about clothing, and not needing to keep things even though they are beautiful. That said, the piece of art you’re wearing is spectacular, and with the portrait collar (I think that’s what it is) dress, you are a just gorgeous.

  10. Arlene Mesner

    Wow, what an amazing hat that you wear so well!

  11. chicatanyage

    Wow! Amazing hat. You look a million dollars in it.

  12. Kezzie

    That hat is amazing!!!!! Wow, and congratulations to you for a year of Hat Attack!x

  13. Spashionista (Alicia)

    Exquisite; worthy of an haute couture moment! It’s the perfect piece for Hatt Attack’s first anniversary.
    I, too, am embracing the idea of highlighting pieces so that others can add them to their own collections. What better way to see to it that everyone has the opportunity to look as fabulous as you 😉


  14. Curtise

    That hat is an utterly stunning work of art, Judith! My goodness, is it really a year since Hat Attack started? Happy Birthday, HA! xxx

  15. Jill

    A true work of art, a stunning example of the milliners craft. So generous of you to share with all other hat lovers. Happy anniversary for Hat Attack and thank you so much for hosting and promoting the wearing of hats.

  16. M-T

    I may be the teensiest bit prejudiced, but I think my friend, Josephine (Chic at any Age), looks so stunning. Her Royal Ascot chapeau and entire outfit (see her Blog) is just beyond fabulous.

    Cheers, M-T

  17. Val S

    One of these days I’ll buy myself a nice hat or two, and then I can join in again. Until then I can admire so many lovely contributors here.

    The halo hat is just beautiful, and you are THE person to model it. I wish Diane much success.

  18. Jean

    I love the fact that you’re sharing resources for millinery art. This piece is unbelievably magnificent!! Breathtaking, in fact. You model it to perfection, too.

    LOVE YOU!!!

  19. Mary in AZ

    You are AMAZING! I am so glad I found your blog (quite by accident). It is enjoyable to read your emails and I look forward to it every time I open up my mailbox! What an inspiration you are and how you must enjoy hats and fashion. Thank you for sharing. Mary in AZ.

  20. Jazzy Jack

    Judith I adore your borrowed hat. The feathers look better on you than the rooster! I’m not sure how practical it would be, with wind and glasses and trying to talk to people, but it certainly would keep the flies off here in Oz!
    I share with you a hat I made for our Winter, which can be turned into a cowl.
    Thanks for a year of amazing hats!!
    XO JJ

  21. Trina

    I feel the same way about the wearing of beautiful hats, some are ones that I wear for sun protection, some I grab quite often (my panama hats) while others are bought and worn for some special occassion just to collect dust. Great idea to start giving away and (selling).
    There’s only certain women who can wear and pull off that beauty you’re wearing here and you are one of them. So much expression in one piece, love it!

  22. Monika Faulkner

    Wow!! Quite literally breathtaking!! The “Halo” is a wearable work of art…as are ALL the hats you share with us, dear Judith!! I wish I had an occasion coming up that would be suitably grand for a creation as fantastical as this!! 🙂


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  24. Louisa Hennessy

    Hi, I love this idea because I love hats! I haven’t got anything as beautiful as your Halo though, it is stunning and you look stunning in it.

    I have joined in and added a link, hope this is okay 🙂


  25. Claire

    Stunning hat! You look just beautiful as always. I am so pleased to have a hat to share for the first time this month.

  26. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    OH! That is such a WOW hat Judith! Happy 1st anniversary to Hat Attack. My, how the time flies. Each month in the past year, I avidly check out the many contributions to Hat Attack. You are always the hostess with the mostest…as it should be!

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  28. Rhia

    Oh my goodness what a show stopper! Amazing hat which certainly is no shrinking violet.
    I also love the way your outfit leaves the decollete bare, leaving more room for the hat feathers to pop up.

  29. ariane

    Hi Judith!

    What a hat!
    One of those days I will be part of hat attack again
    Happy first!
    Doing much, much better


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  31. Carol Schwarzkopf

    Here’s my humble contribution, made more special because it was once my mom’s hat 🙂 http://carol-schwarzkopf.com/2014/07/07/girls-just-wanna-just-wanna-have-fun/

  32. Melanie

    I have to say that your hat looks like a very happy ferris wheel will all the little tiny people perched on the ends of your feathers giggling like mad. Incredible hat and ensemble. Absolutely vogue-worthy!

  33. Sheila (of Ephemera)

    Wow, that hat’s a stunner, Judith! You are just amazing. Thank you for hosting Hat Attack over this past year (is that all??).

  34. Roberta

    You’re hat is so pretty .love it.just a question, on your hats that you’re “weeding” out ,are you putting them up for sale.I would love to own and wear one or two of your collection.

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