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 for contact info. Tell us: Would you wear a hat like Aretha’s?

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Jane on

I loved it – reminded me of when ladies dressed for the occasion.

Pj on

Aretha is a legend! She will be going down in history for singing for Dr. Martin Luther King during the early years for civil rights and for the swearing in of the first African-American President Mr. Barack Obama. She’s the Queen and she dosen’t care what anyone thinks about her styling of dress. She’s been like that for a long time. If you’ve got confidence in yourself you don’t care about what others think of you. And the hat was Fabulous!!! Fit for a Queen.

Chris on

If you are looking for a similarly-styled “Aretha hat” that is inexpensive compared to other selections available on the internet, try:

Lubo on

I don’t know why people make such a big deal of fashion, but i am a long time fan of the queen, and my thing is that she was awesome with her rendition of that song, and it would and should make anyone proud to be living in america!!!! WHAT A VOICE!! WHAT A WOMAN!!! WHAT A GIFT!!!!!

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Rosie Khan on

Satellite TV users will definitely grow in the following years and also satellite internet users..-;

Sophia Wilson on

i have a satellite TV and cable TV at home, both of them are good~`’

Rain Jacket  on

satellite TV is getting cheap nowadays, i would like to have my own satellite TV too:~;

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satellite televisions are very affordable today, i even bought two units for myself and my brother*”`

Water Container : on

well it is nearing for us to buy some christmas ornaments for the coming christmas:.-

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