Aretha Franklin's Inauguration Hat Inspires a Line of Toppers

01/26/2009 at 01:22 PM ET

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Michelle Obama’s look won’t be the only fashion statement to live on past last week’s Inauguration. Selling like hotcakes are $179 versions of Aretha Franklin’s distinctive hat with its Swarovski rhinestone-rimmed bow that the Queen of Soul wore to sing “America” at the swearing-in ceremony. The hat’s designer, Luke Song of Detroit’s Mr. Song Millinery, tells the Los Angeles Times he’s sold thousands since its debut on national TV. While Aretha’s hat was a customized version, Song will be responding to demand by producing a collection of 12 hats in a variety of colors and bow sizes, priced from $150-$220. The Aretha-inspired collection will be shown during February’s Women’s Wear in Nevada trade show in Las Vegas. The company sells its hats in over 500 U.S. stores. and while they usually doesn’t name their toppers, this collection will be named after the singer herself. If you’re dying for a hat like Aretha’s, click over to mrsongmillinery.com for contact info. Tell us: Would you wear a hat like Aretha’s?

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[…] Aretha Franklin, whose inauguration hat almost matched the size of her ta-tas, is apparently quite the style trailblazer: $179 versions of the distinctive hat with its Swarovski rhinestone-rimmed bow are selling like “hotcakes.” […]

monique on

I much prefer the gigantic hat to the gigantic boobs she’s always got hanging out. Thank God it was cold outside.

Mary on

the hat reminded me of something a 6 year old would wear (raven symone when she was on Cosby show)

But hearing her sing brought tears to my eyes as I thought how far African Americans had to come to get to this point.

sun.kissed on

Yeah, I’d wear it if I were 60 years old on the mother’s board at church.

Miller on

OMIGAWD.

this hat is singularly the most awesome piece of clothing ive seen in my life.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T the hat!!!

Denise on

I actually laughed at the hat, but Aretha IS Aretha. Does anyone remember the white bustier and capris she wore at the VH1 Divas concert? She doesn’t care what we think! And she did a great job considering I heard that she refuses to sign in air conditioned halls to protect her voice.

Chasity on

OK … ARETHA IS GREAT AND SHE LOOKS GREAT !!!
YOU PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO GET A LIFE AND STOP JUDGING OTHER PEOPLE … OR, JUST LOOK IN THE MIRROR – I’M SURE SOME OF YOU DON’T EVEN NEED TO BE COMMENTING ON ANYTHING WHERE YOU ARE JUDGING OTHER PEOPLE ON THEIR LOOKS !!!

Dianne Brooks on

So, it’s really just a hat? I thought the big bow was supposed to spin with the wind and generate energy. The inauguration was so awesome that I could overlook the “Wind Machine Queen”.

Dianne

blessd2x on

The hat rocked! You did it once again! Let the haters hate! Everyone can’t wear it, you showed us a classy Lady Aretha Look! Thank you! God Bless!

ladycool on

Aretha is and always will be a music industry icon. To all those who had negative comments…didnt your parents teach you if you dont have any nice to say, dont say anything???
Haters are everywhere!!!

*Bows to the Queen*

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