Inspirational Women’s Fashion: We all know that everyone’s worst nightmare at a big event is to find you are wearing the same outfit as someone else.
High street shopping can be convenient but if you have time to shop around, there are many fabulous independent designers whose creations are unique or limited edition – and cost around the same price as many of the well-known brands in your local department store or shopping centre.
So, if you’re out to win a Ladies’ Day competition, or just want to look fabulous for a top racing festival day out, take a look at some ready-to-wear collections from Britain’s vibrant and creative designers and you will hopefully find the perfect piece for you – and only you!
Here are five inspirational designers to follow:
LOUISE ROSE COUTURE
Louise Rose Couture is a made to order dress label, based in Berkshire. The designs are inspired by the 1950s, but with a modern edge and cut to modern sizing.
Available in customisable designs, where you can select from a range of features and finishes to add to the design; including piping detail, covered buttons, contrast waistbands, sleeve length and hidden pockets.
The nipped in waist and full circle skirt is perfect for the races. This below the knee style fits in with the Royal Ascot dress code, whilst looking both glamorous and timeless. The dresses are designed to flatter women of all ages, shapes and sizes.
WE SAY: A fabulous range of ‘50s-style dresses that can be customised to make them unique to you! Stand out at The Derby or Glorious Goodwood, or strut this vintage style at any Ladies’ Day. This is another joyful brand that brings a smile with every dress.
The label Nico Didonna is renowned for its luxurious tailored creations. Hand made and unique are the qualities associated with Nico Didonna’s designs, and garments are made with versatility in mind.
Many designs are based on classic inspiration infused with a contemporary feel, and the designer’s Italian heritage is integral to the identity of the brand.
Pictured here: hand picked fabric to make the most of the style, layered silk with cut-out sleeved makes the Nina dress a winning candidate for stylish racegoers.
WE SAY: This designer brings Italian chic to each of his creations, at a surprisingly affordable price. Unafraid to use colour and pattern, he’s also a master at the Jumpsuit if you’re looking for a knock-out piece.
Hailing from a textile family, Omar Mansoor grew up in a world surrounded by culture, architecture, art, history and design. He cultivated a vast knowledge of textiles under the watchful eyes of his elders, before moving to London to study fashion. There, he learned the craft of draping and cutting fabric to create a clean, elegant and timeless silhouette.
Omar launched his eponymous collection in 2008, since then his luxurious collection of immaculately cut dresses, classy gowns and stylish separates has adorned glamorous women around the world including British actresses, International royalty and European aristocracy at various red carpets including Oscars and Cannes.
WE SAY: Omar’s designs fuse classic and exotic in equal measure. Bringing imaginative flair and colour to each piece, at amazingly fair prices. Look out for his Royal Ascot collection each year – pictured is a the Frankel Dress from the 2018 Royal Ascot Collection, available from Designs NW3, 60 Rosslyn Hill, Belsize Park, London NW3 1ND.
This London based fashion brand was founded by Michaela Frankova, whose background in couture and bespoke design results in Ready To Wear collections with a luxury couture look – with modern twist.
Silk and lace, gorgeous faux fur and raw hints of leather intertwine in the designs, created to make women feel glamourous, sensual and powerful. With colourful print designs provided by the artist T-Mo Bauer, Frankova’s designs emanate classical beauty, evocative of the Golden Age of Hollywood with a contemporary take.
Michaela Frankova is a collection of ever growing, beautifully designed pieces that stand out from the crowd.
WE SAY: Michaela’s designs are always eyecatching, and suit confident and stylish women. If her style suits your personality, her pieces can be dressed up or down for day or evening occasions, giving you multiple uses from an investment piece.
Karen Gold is a contemporary British fashion label that fuses tran-seasonal tailoring with eclectic visuals – think paisley print jacquards, hand woven and hand embroidery fabrics.
Catering to men and women who like to stand out from the crowd whilst keeping their look timeless and sophisticated, each collection updates the wardrobe with statement pieces that make an outfit.
Top class racing festivals are characterised by pageantry, fashion and style; from the stands at Royal Ascot, which attracts the ‘who’s who’ list of celebrity guests, to Ladies’ Day at Aintree, a trip to the races calls for elegant formalwear with a modern twist.
Featuring statement pieces, vibrant colours and contemporary silhouettes, plus the all-important hat, these winning outfits will ensure you stand out.
WE SAY: This exciting designer has come a long way in a short time, and will no doubt continue to rise as her work becomes more well known. Ethical fashion is close to her heart, without compromising on quality or style. For bold colours, interesting textures and a combination of classic and contemporary, you will find something different here.
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.
She absolutely loves her job (how many people can say that?!) and is truly grateful to all supporters of and contributors to Eclipse Magazine.
If you are reading this she would like to say THANK YOU! (And please spread the word about Eclipse…!!)