Recount! I demand a recount! Kate Middleton gets more than 90% of the vote as the "Hat Person of the Year"?
Not Princess Beatrice, for her Philip Treacy antler hat from Kate and William's wedding, a fetching item if only because it fetched $130,000 for charity on EBay?
Not Tilda Swinton, on the cover of W in a Patricia Underwood for Chris Benz white hat that John Wayne would empty his six-shooter to get?
Not ... me?
The 104-year-old Headwear Assn., which bills itself as the oldest fashion trade association around -- and who is still around from then to dispute that? -- crowned the Duchess of Cambridge as "Hat Person of the Year."
She has certainly shown a fine flair for the whimsical chapeau. There's her scarlet maple-leaf hat for her Canadian trip last year, an homage to her hosts. On the solemn side of things, her stylized black fedora for Remembrance Day suited the moment and the wearer. Her fascination with fascinators –- those little tip-tilted numbers that don't conceal her face or her shampoo-ad hair –- have blown the lid, so to speak, off sales figures for similar numbers.
Much the same happened when her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales, stepped out in her own millinery, which sometimes ran to the larger and more dramatic -- and had the same effect on hat sales.
In Britain, but not here.