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The women of the Top Hat Brunch show off their headwear. Back row, left to right: Terryce Walker, Gloria Johnson, Sonia Carter, Rita Wray, Lenora Lewis, Katrina Myricks, Wauline Carter and Ethel Gibson; seated: Sharolyn Smith, 2012 Holiday Top Hat chairwoman, and Belinda Arnold Fields, President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, central Mississippi chapter.

The women of the Top Hat Brunch show off their headwear. Back row, left to right: Terryce Walker, Gloria Johnson, Sonia Carter, Rita Wray, Lenora Lewis, Katrina Myricks, Wauline Carter and Ethel Gibson; seated: Sharolyn Smith, 2012 Holiday Top Hat chairwoman, and Belinda Arnold Fields, President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, central Mississippi chapter. Photo by Courtesy Belinda Fields

Hats have long been about more than just protecting your head, and nobody knows that more than the women behind the Holiday Top Hat Brunch. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the central Mississippi chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., presents the 21st annual hat brunch, with the theme “Essence of Glamour & Vogue!” This year, the yearly parade of hats will be joined by a full fashion show, styled by J. Bolin.

The brunch is at the Jackson Hilton hotel (1001 E. County Line Road, 601-957-2800). Events kick off at 9 a.m., with the parade of hats starting at 11. Tickets are $40 each, or $400 for a table of 10. For tickets or additional information, please call 601-362-1115.

The 2012 categories, as described by event organizers, are:

ENJOLI

Anything goes ... this hat designed for the woman who struts her own style, may be plain or bold. With a coordinated ensemble, it simply says, “My Style.”

DIVA

Worn bodaciously by the self-assured, style-conscious woman; this hat, small, medium, or large, is usually fashionably adorned with feathers, beads, coiled braids, or bows, and coordinated with a high fashion ensemble and accessories.

SAFARI

Designed for the tigress that adores animal print and dares to “walk on the wide side” with class. Whether leopard, zebra or giraffe, this hat adds “jungle fever” with style and elegance to any ensemble.

FIRST LADY MICHELLE

Designed for the confident feminine lady who emits sophisticated elegance and exquisite taste in her apparel, this face-flattering hat accents and complements any unique, ultra chic and elegant ensemble.

JAZMINE & JAMAAL

Designed for young ladies and young men, in grades K-12. Looking fabulously fierce and commanding attention, this hat may be dressy, casual, snappy, bold or daring; yet stylish, coordinated with dressy or casual attire. Coming or going, the hat has head-turning s-t-y-le.

SISTER CORETTA

Representing the fashionable church lady, decked out in hat, gloves, suit, or dress, this hat is the essence of conservative ladyship.

LABELLE

Whether wild, tall or narrow, this hat is designed for the woman who adores bling, jewels and glitter. Coordinated with a bold dramatic ensemble, it simply says, “Work It!”

SOPHISTICATED GENT

Designed for the distinguished, debonair man who knows how to don a hat to accessorize and complement the casual, dressy, conservative, flashy or ethnocentric apparel.

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