Glorious Goodwood Fashion: The Qatar Goodwood Festival, affectionately known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’ is a quintessentially English event, with elegance and style, which attracts an international attendance.

Over 100,000 people flock to Goodwood Racecourse during the five days to enjoy this chic, relaxed and glamorous Festival that celebrates the very best from the world of fashion and horseracing.

For many, world class sport is the backdrop to a fabulous day out, and the Qatar Goodwood Festival is quite unique.

Widely regarded as one of the most stylish race meetings in Britain, unusually, this does not come about through the enforcement of stringent dress codes.

It is a more relaxed affair; top hats are replaced with Panamas, ladies wear pretty florals and hats, while guests in all enclosures sip G&Ts to the lilt of live music.

Goodwood’s Preferred Milliner 2016: LAYLALEIGH

Laylaleigh, the West Sussex-based bespoke hat creator, is the preferred milliner for Goodwood Racecourse throughout 2016.

Founded and designed by regular racegoer Leigh Johnson in 2010, Laylaleigh is known for its bold and exuberant styles, which look very much at home at the races.

Laylaleigh has created a Goodwood collection for the season, with each hat being named after a woman who has been significant to the Goodwood Estate’s history.

French aristocrat Louise de Karoualle is celebrated with a piece named ‘Duchess of Portsmouth’, while the ‘Lady Emily’ hat takes its name from the lively and headstrong Lady Emily Lennox.

As preferred milliner, Laylaleigh lends its skills to helping shape the image of the Racecourse, leading the style and setting the trends for racegoers to follow.

Johnson learned her trade from one of the industry leaders, Ian Bennet, who taught her many of the traditional methods for creating bespoke headpieces.

Her perches, hats and fascinators combine these techniques with unique materials to stand out from the crowd. The designs are crafted in her studio showroom based in the beautiful coastal village of West Wittering.

Johnson reflected: “Being asked to be the preferred milliner for Goodwood for this year is such a privilege.

“Goodwood Racecourse is so dear to me, having attended race meetings there with my family my entire life.

“Goodwood is steeped in glamour and history and this capsule collection has been designed to reflect that.

“I truly believe there is a hat for every woman in the collection.”

L’ORMARINS Best Dressed Competition

Goodwood Racecourse and L’Ormarins formed a race sponsorship association for the first time in 2014, linking Glorious Goodwood with one of South Africa’s most high-profile racedays.

The Grade Two Glorious Goodwood Peninsula Handicap was run at the prestigious L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Day at Kenilworth Racecourse in January, 2014 and in reciprocation, the Group Three L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate took place on the Friday of Goodwood’s Festival. The arrangement was repeated successfully in 2015 and is now in its third year.

Gaynor and Johann Rupert, who sponsor the Queen’s Plate through their winery, L’Ormarins, said: “The Qatar Goodwood Festival is one England’s most famous sporting and social events of the year so we think the association is great for L’Ormarins and the Queen’s Plate.”

The spotlight on fashion is not just confined to Ladies’ Day on the Thursday, rather being a noted feature on all five days of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

For the third year running, there will be a Best Dressed Ladies competition on the Friday 29th July, to celebrate the ongoing partnership with L’Ormarins. Judges will search for an exquisitely dressed lady, looking elegant in the signature blue and white colours of L’Ormarins, while also echoing the magnificence of the racing at Goodwood. A stunning hat is a must to complete this elegant look.

A prize of a lifetime is on offer for two people that includes return Premium Economy flights from London to Cape Town. The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate takes place on Saturday 7th January, 2017, so the suggested dates would be Monday, 2nd January to Sunday 8th January.

The prize also features airport transfers and transfers to all LQP-arranged elements of the package, six nights’ accommodation at a top hotel in Cape Town, a tour of L’Ormarins Estate & Drakenstein Stud Farm, a wine tasting with Anthonij Rupert Wyne and lunch at the farm, lunch at the Grand Beach Café, invitations to any

official LQP events and two tickets to the L’Ormarins Luncheon at the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.

Karen Sargeant

Karen Sargeant

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