updated 07/13/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/13/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
It was the Royal Wedding hat ridiculed around the world. But now, the designer of Princess Beatrice’s fascinating fascinator is defending it, and its wearer, from the fashion bullies.
“She is only 22, and there was a little bit of bullying going on,” Philip Treacy tells Britain’s Observer. “In the future, we’ll look back and think she looked wild.”
The hat has been likened to everything from an octopus to a pretzel to a toilet seat. But Treacy, 43, has a simpler description. “I thought I was making a hat with a bow on it,” he says.