Bling it on! To make your Grand National outfit shine out from the crowd, make sure your accessories are on trend, individual and packed with style.
For the Randox Health Grand National Festival 2018, we’re focusing on Bags and Bling.
From small to large; hand made, designer or vintage; there is a bag out there that will complement your outfit – and show off your personality! We’ve selected our favourites, and each of these makers and suppliers offers a great selection too – so you’re sure to find your ideal accessory if you follow these leads:
For something special, try for French chic. Eve de Rothiacob’s designs can be made to order within four weeks for accessories and two to eight weeks for ready-to-wear. Handbags come in a wide range of sizes, patterns and styles, all handmade in haute couture tweed – including this unusual Agathe Clutch featuring a colourful geometric pattern.
ECLIPSE TIP: Gorgeous accessories are produced in seasonal collections so snap them up while they’re available as you may not get a second chance.
Price: €89 from Evesome.com
Bellisimo! Featuring a large gold-coloured ring and single top handle, this bag in hand grained miro leather is crafted by Italian designers Carbotti. Lined with plain red jacquard fabric, it has a wall zip pocket and phone pouch inside, plus an extendable easy-to-attach shoulder strap. Pictured is Metallic, also available in Red or Black.
ECLIPSE TIP: Jump to it – there are only a few in stock in this colour!
Price: £215 from Attavanti.com
For a range of unusual patterned leather bags, Tovi Sorga is a British accessories brand specialising in printed leather. The illustration for this clutch was by David J Watts, a tattoo artist inspired by ancient Japanese design. Lined with soft red suede, a detachable gun-metal chain allows this to double as a handbag.
ECLIPSE TIP: In Japan the mythical bird known as the Phoenix was adopted as a symbol of the imperial household, and in particular the empress. Sounds perfect for a fashionista! (For more information see Onmark Productions.)
Price: £155+ (personalisation available) from Tovi Sorga Boutique on Etsy.
For a high street selection this Laura Gold Clutch is crafted from soft gold leather with a striped lizard print. Featuring an envelope shape and curved fold over front, it has an optional shoulder strap and plenty of room for all your essentials.
WE SAY: A great day-to-night bag that you can use again and again.
Price: £195 from L K Bennett.
Talented British designer Steven Harkin will help you stand out with this retro style yellow leather bag with double black handles, a black belt in the middle and silver colour studs and fittings. Made from Italian leather, it has butter soft black Suede pigskin lining.
ECLIPSE TIP: Steven Harkin is transforming handbag design – check out his other styles too. We forecast his works will be collectors’ items in the future.
Price: £258 from Steven Harkin via Etsy.
Hold onto your horses, bum bags/fanny packs are back in fashion. Specialising in beautifully bling versions of this trend is Beksies Boutique. Try this Barbarella bag, featuring silver holographic geometric PU fabric, blue and pink sequins with velour lid, and PU quilted leather wings and back.
ECLIPSE TIP: With the straps at full length, it can also been worn across the shoulder as a mail bag.
Price: £40 from Beksies Boutique on Etsy.
Another trend for Spring/Summer18 is the straw basket. These Fair-Trade palm baskets with leather handles are woven in Morocco before being hand-printed in the UK. Choose two or three colours for the stripes (to match your outfit or your racing colours) and add your initials. Add pom poms or tassels as you please!
WE SAY: Perfect for carrying all your raceday clobber!
Price: From £55 from Pink Waters Shop on Etsy.
One way to be sure that no-one else has the same bag is to opt for vintage. Keeping up with the straw basket trend, race to snap up this ‘50s ‘Princess Charming’ bag…by ATLAS / Hollywood-FLA, featuring white Pearlised handles and side panel mural of two felt black poodles studded with Rhinestones and pearlised shells.
ECLIPSE TIP: Other vintage wicker baskets also available from this seller.
Price: £125 from Secret Siren Vintage on Etsy.
Liverpool ladies are not afraid to sparkle and this season’s trends are right on track for piling on the jewellery. Brooches are back – wear them individually or in clusters, sprinkled liberally on bags, hats, coats and even shoes. For necklaces look to layering styles, and rings are also layered by stacking. Earrings are BIG and dangly this season, particularly if they have tassels attached. Complete the look with some sport-style shield sunglasses or go full bling with embellished cats-eye styles!
Brooches come in all shapes and sizes and can be used to reflect your particular interests or hobbies – such as racing! This one-of-a-kind running horse brooch adds sparkle and colour. Many other designs are available from this fashion jewellery designer.
ECLIPSE TIP: All brooches from Khaista are unique – what you see is what you get.
Price: £29 from KhaistaUK via Etsy.
What a cutie! This gold (brass) lizard is set with rhinestones, and is also available in a silvery colourway. Jenny from Tiny Minds enjoys making brooches from found items and many have a steampunk theme.
WE SAY: Look out for her horse-themed brooches too.
Price: £27.79 from TinyMinds via Etsy.
White and glossy with a vintage-inspired design, these unique earrings combine round pendants with gold detailing to create a bold statement. With a large selection of designs with a WOW factor, ScoutingForPearls is a jewellery and accessories boutique based in London.
WE SAY: Wow!
Price: £24 from Scouting For Pearls via Etsy.
These beautiful raspberry tassel earrings are made from 100% silk thread and feature cubic zirconia stones and a gold finish. The hooks are hypoallergenic, and the earrings come packaged in a lovely gift box with a ribbon. Many other colours and styles are also available.
Price: £80 from Apolinaria Official via Etsy.
These glamorous rhinestone tassel are embedded in an antique gold base and hang from the lobe with a champagne gold tassel. A great combination of bling and this season’s tassel trend.
ECLIPSE TIP: These are clip-on earrings so there’s no excuse not to add them to your ensemble!
Price: £15.99 from Rani & Co on Etsy.
This three layered necklace is handmade in solid 925 sterling silver and comprises a double layered necklace – featuring cultured blue opals, small silver beads and silver set CZ diamonds – plus a matching lariat-style necklace with toggle to adjust how low the ‘Y’ of the necklace reaches.
ECLIPSE TIP: Mix ‘n’ match with other necklaces too – or wear one of these at a time – for many different looks.
Price: £145 from Paul Wright Jewellery via Etsy.
Dower & Hall sell individual rings that can be stacked, or complete stack collections in different colourways. This Envy Twinkle stack features a citrine on a granular dotty twinkle ring, an oval green garnet on a granular dotty twinkle ring, a peridot on a hammered band, a marquise green garnet on a plain dotty band and a green garnet on a wavy peapod band.
ECLIPSE TIP: Why not add in a couple of extra single rings to personalise your stack?
Price: £498 from Dower & Hall.
These statement-making shield sunglasses combine a horn-inspired top bar with a distinctive ‘RL’ monogram integrated into each hinge. The Shiny Gold colour will complement a fake tan perfectly!
ECLIPSE TIP: You’ll have to be quick as there are only two pairs still available.
Price: £160 from Ralph Lauren UK.
We could not resist including these too: in case you are inspired by the look of jockey goggles, these Italian-made shield sunglasses transform rivets and aerodynamic curves into a modern statement piece. You’ll have to be first past the post however, as there is only one pair left.
WE SAY: If only jockey goggles were this stylish…
Price: £424 from Ralph Lauren UK.
If you prefer the embellished look for your sunnies, Pinks And Minks offers a wide range of styles and colours all fabulously decorated for this trend. These Peach Champagne sunglasses are round but the sparkly rhinestones make them look like the on trend cat’s-eye shape.
WE SAY: We love a bit of bubbly!
Price: £32.99 from Pinks And Minks via Etsy.
This pair of cat’s-eye embellished sunglasses has a flat lens and an unusual translucent olive coloured leopard frame with pale yellow daisies.
ECLIPSE TIP: If yellow doesn’t match your outfit there are plenty of similar styles available in other colourways.
Price: £28.99 from Pinks And Minks via Etsy.
Karen can usually be found glued to her computer or at the stables. Having edited several national magazines she co-founded Eclipse Magazine in 2008 after realising that many of her friends were nervous about going racing due to lack of information – what to wear, how to bet etc.
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