Epsom Derby Fashion Run-down
The Epsom Derby is renowned for combining history, with elegance and glamour. With an atmosphere like no other meet in the year, this years Fashion stakes definitely did not disappoint.
|Epsom Derby 2013|
I personally believe that well kept finger nails are as important as a good hair cut. So on Tuesday I visited Klasse Spa to have my nails done. I opted for a nude nail polish which would match any outfit (Nude nails are currently the hottest trend at the moment, the closer the colour is to your foundation the better).
On Wednesday I collected my hat from Jennifer at Jenny Roberts Millinery. Three weeks prior I had visited Jennifer with my dress and she had kindly agreed to make a hat to match. Upon collection I only had a vague idea of what it would look like. When I saw it for the first time I was overwhelmed at how beautiful it was and I couldn't wait to wear it to the Derby (Visit my previous post on how the hat was made)
We had to set off from Retford at 7am which meant there was no time to visit a hairdresser. So at 5am I started the process of making myself look as well groomed as possible starting with my hair. I chose to curl my hair and pin it to the side to complement the style of my hat.
|Epsom Derby Hair|
|In the Parade Ring at Epsom Derby 2013|
It's no secret that my favourite part of the Derby is the Fashion on show. While the horses in the 2013 Epsom Derby ran a close race with Ruler of the World coming home first giving Trainer Aiden O'Brien his 4th Epsom Derby win, My eyes were firmly on the Royals in attendance. Notably Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip chose colour co-ordinating outfits. The Queen wore powder blue Coat with navy accessories and a Powder Blue hat by Angela Kelly, whilst Prince Philip wore a Blue tie to complement the Queens outfit choice.
|Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip attend Epsom Derby 2013|
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were also in attendance with Princess Beatrice accessorising her monochrome graphic print dress with a cloche style hat made by Karen Henriksen whilst Princess Eugenie opted for a more neutral full skirted dress accompanied with a taupe hat by Sarah Cant and nude heels (not dissimilar to the LK Bennet shoes favoured by Princess Catherine).
|Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice attend Epsom Derby 2013|
As soon as I entered the owners and trainers I spotted Trish Callan, (wife of top jockey Neil Callan) who was dressed immaculately.
|Trish's Hat was from The Hat Club London|
|Trish was wearing - Coat made in Hong Kong, Dress - Vintage Karen Millen, Shoes - Christian Louboutin.|
|Trish Callan and Her Son Henry and Niece|
Other race-goers spotted in the owners and Trainers were -
|Racehorse Trainer Laura Mongan and friend.|
As has become expected many celebrities also flocked to the downs. The majority of whomes heads were adorned by the official Hat designer Philip Treacys. Some of which are shown below.
|Philip Treacy Creations at The Epsom Derby 2013|
Personally my favourite celebrity was Les Miserables star Samantha Barks who wore a Blue, black and White Body-con Dress designed by Antonio Beradi which can be purchased from Harrods (there is a 30% sale on this weekend for loyalty card members) With co-ordinating Philip Treacy hat and accessories.
|Actress Samantha Barks at The Epsom Derby 2013|
I thought I would save the mens fashion until last.........
As is the case with the majority of formal dressing for men it is the attention to detail that sets them apart from the crowd. Men lack the choice that women have when attending the races. Morning suits were not compulsory throughout the whole of the course only in the queens stand.
I do think that it is nice to see men engage in a tradition and it makes the whole atmosphere a little more special. Because of this I will be concentrating on the morning dress on show at the Epsom Derby.
The most popular variation of morning dress was the black tailcoat with plain grey or patterned trousers usually in a subtle check, stripe or hounds-tooth. The next most popular choice seemed to be the grey tailcoat with matching trousers. Both looked great it was just a matter of taste.The fit of the tailcoat and trousers is obviously the basis of a lovely outfit.
Next we have the Top Hat, a fantastic piece of our history that is often done very poorly. Top Hats although still produced are not made with the same methods or material and the finished article is not a patch on the original.
Vintage silk Top Hats are still readily available and there are many people that specialise on the internet. Silk Top Hats can vary significantly in price and is is usually the larger and rarer ones that can be worth many thousands of pounds, but in my eyes they are worth every penny.
Then there was the shirt/tie/pocket square combination. There are limitless options available to a man when picking these three and it is really where the gentlemen made themselves stand out from the next. I personally like to see a white collar with morning dress whether that be a plain white shirt or just white collar and cuffs on a coloured or patterned body. The key to success seemed to be a well fitted waist coat, and as there are no stipulation in the dress code these can come in all different shape, size and colours, some of which are featured below.
Lapel flower's were also seen although this is a much more common sight at Royal Ascot. It adds another nice touch of colour and it should compliment the colours in your outfit.
I was disappointed that in the owners and trainers there were quite a few people that had not really made an effort. Although these were out numbered by some very dapper gentlemen that had taken the dress code into consideration and were wearing there morning suits to perfection.
All in all the fashion on the Downs lived up to the 'Sport of Kings' and Queens.
With Royal Ascot only two weeks away one can only imagine what that will bring. But rest assured, it is likely to bring an eclectic mix of well-dressed Ladies and Gentlemen keen to be successful in both the betting and the style stakes.
We're you at the Derby? What did you think share your thoughts with us in the comments box below.
Nude nail polish is so cool.ReplyDelete
Like the flesh.