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With less than 24hrs until Goodwood Racecourse opens its gates for the first day of Glorious Goodwood, I thought it would be nice to introduce my readers to Carla Kyle.
Carla is not only a former model and fashion stylist, she is also the founder and designer of Glitterati Polo, a super stylish mother of 3 and wife to Jeremy Kyle. So I thought it would be great to find a little more out about Carla and her tips for dressing for the races.
Tell us a little bit about you and your brand, and how you got into styling...
Fashion has always been important to me, I worked as a fittings model before starting my family, learnt what worked & what didn't , began styling people through word of mouth then professionally. Then through playing polo launched my own brand Glitterati Polo on the back of everything I'd experienced over the years. I still continue to style the clients I've built up over the years, but I love being on the creative side of fashion now.
What inspired you to start your own business?
I'm a girls girl, I love Fashion, like most people I just want to be unique in what i do , Glitterati Polo is clothing brand for girls in Polo, its a very male dominated sport, I wanted to bring an edgy fashion brand into the sport with a touch of sparkle for players & non players
The fashion industry is notoriously competitive – how did you manage to differentiate yourself and your work?
I don't believe in Forcing a style or a look onto anybody, I work with people to maximise the look they want to achieve & try to give inspiration. I'll just advise what i think suits them
Who were your fashion inspirations when you started out? And who is your style icon now?
Ever since I was a little girl I looked to my mother for inspiration she always looked so well groomed whatever she wore, I get inspiration everywhere. I don't have a style icon I just appreciate anyone who has the ability to look confident in their clothes
Please define your style in a few words.....
When dressing for the races are you an impulse dresser or do you prefer to plan your outfit in advance?
I prefer to Plan
Jeremy is presenting the Magnolia Cup with Vivienne Westwood on Ladies Day, what will you be wearing and have you purchased something new?
Im wearing a hat by Cara Meehan but I'm still planning the rest of it
Do you like to shop online or in store for your racing ensembles? Which is your favourite store?
Shopping online is so easy, but you can't beat going into a store, … the buzz you get when you find THAT DRESS !!OR THOSE SHOES!!
Favourite store would probably SELFRIDGES
Do current fashion trends have a big influence on your choices of what to wear during a big race meeting?
Not really, I might consider a colour that is on trend but I tend to think Practically when I go racing …You're on your feet all day so good shoes are a must
What category of clothing are you most drawn to/are most likely to overspend on?
SHOES… I HAVE A SERIOUS ADDICTION
What is your failsafe fashion piece this season?
A Straw Trilby it can dress things up or down so easily
If you had to save three items from a house fire, what would they be?
Apart from my 3 Children, MyBlue Hangisi Manolo Blahnik"s . my Black Chanel 2.55 & My favourite pair of jeans
Who is your favourite designer?
Who is your favourite milliner?
I have a few, but I love new people to the industry like Sara Tiara & Cara Meehan
Spring, summer, autumn or winter racing – which do you prefer and why?
I love National Hunt Racing so A/W for me … I love Gorgeous Tweeds & soft Cashmere & Faux Fur is so good these days
What are your biggest fashion DONT'S for women and gentlemen when attending the races?
Don't wear something that is uncomfortable you are going to be in it all day
The one thing that you wouldn't want to be seen wearing is…?
Which is your favourite racecourse? And Why?
For Flat Ascot .. For National Hunt Cheltenham .. Because you can see the whole track & I've always had fun at both
Who is your favourite racehorse?
Flat.. Frankel National Hunt … Big Bucks , both amazing horses
What is your Best racing memory, why, and what were you wearing?
I own racehorses & one of them won a big race at Ascot over the jumps. Walking into the winners Enclosure at Ascot was an incredible feeling … I was wearing a Black French Connection Wool Cape something warm underneath it & a pair of Black Christian Louboutin over the knee boots
What lesson would you pass on to younger people following in your shoes?
Have fun with Fashion, but learnt to know what suits you, be individual , Don't care what other people think