Monday, April 30, 2012


I've spent hours looking for just the right spring hat-not of the floppy brimmed, keep the sun out of your eyes variety, but a sophisticated, frothy confection, perfect for the very chic Frederick Law Olmstead Awards Luncheon that takes place this week in The Conservatory Garden in New York City's Central Park. Frederick Law Olmsted is, of course, known as the father of American landscape architecture.  He designed many renowned urban parks, including New York's Central Park, and the luncheon is a celebration of our beautiful city parks. Better known among the ladies who attend as "The Hat Luncheon" the event is hosted by the Women's Committee of the Central Park Conservancy and is always so much fun.  No matter the weather, the lunch is always a beautiful affair, with the park's gardens in full bloom and hundreds of ladies in chic spring suits and extraordinary hats. Oh, those hats! Some are glamorous chapeaus festooned with flowers and bows, but the ones I'm always in awe of are the cheeky, humorous ones: potted plants. caged hummingbirds and butterflies--I can't wait to see this years new crop! 

photos courtesy of New York Social Diary


Karena said...

Barbara I love love this post; it reminds me of opening day at the races, though with a theme!

Glorious hats, so did you find one yet?

The 2012 Artist Series featuring Designer and Paper Artist Anita Rivera...(of Castles Crowns and Cottages)is on my site, please stop by! Her work is amazing!

Art by Karena

Splendid Sass said...

This post is funny and amazing at the same time! I love the green hat with the red gloves.
Happy Monday.

I Dream Of said...

Oh what fun! Barbara, I love this post! Hats are so elegant and such fun all at once, and I think I'm with you, I like the crazy-creative ones best. Good look finding the perfect hat and have a wonderful time at your event! XO

Splendid Market said...

I am sure you will find something fabulous! I love this event. The hat with the reed-like ribbon is especially wonderful. Hoping to see all of your favorites soon! Have a great time. xo ebh

michele said...

how fun is that event??? and gloves! will you be wearing gloves?

smiles and happy new week to you.


Annie H. said...

My sister attended it a few years ago and said all she did was stare at the hats, I would love to attend such a fun event. It looks so glamorous. I am sure you will find a grreat hat.

Veronica said...

Oh my hat~~ what a feast of glam, funny and entertaining hats. Loved the lady with the red gloves as well!!

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Veronica said...

Oh my hat~~ what a feast of glam, funny and entertaining hats. Loved the lady with the red gloves as well!!

Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

zanetastyle said...

Fun!! So what hat will you wear? (: wanna see photos!! Hugs z

miss b said...

I am actually on the look-out for a hat too so this lovely post gave me inspiration - I love the pale olive green one.

Acquired Objects said...

Barbara I love hats! When you're all dressed up for a day event they just finish your outfit off. For me personally I would choose the very first hat, the green, not to much, not to little, just right. I can't wait to see what you choose.


Leslie said...

Reminds me of Marie Antoinette!! I think hats are so fun and have a secondary purpose - to protect the skin! Have fun! Sounds like a wonderful event.

Donna said...

Oh how fun!! I can't wait to see what this year's hats will be in your post!! Hats are so fun!!

Ideezine said...

Maybe this should be renamed the "mad hatter parade" how creative! Love the idea of such a great event and wonderful piece of history that still evokes joy.

Anne N. said...

These hats are FABULOUS! Hope you find a great one.

Kathleen Lisson said...

My hat style is a little more traditional than those photographed. I liked the lady in the yellow hat with the blue dress.