If you are attending the Queen’s Stand on Investec Derby Day then there are strict rules for the dress code.
Ladies must wear a formal day dress or tailored trouser suit with a hat or a substantial fascinator. For all other days of the festival the dress code in the Queen’s Stand is: Ladies are asked to wear a hat or fascinator.
Karen Gold, one of our top five inspiration women’s fashion designers to follow, specialises in the formal day outfit. Here Karen’s structured dress is cut from her signature Aso oke, (meaning Top Cloth,) a hand loomed fabric from Sub Saharan Africa. She contrasts the zesty lime green hand silk embroidered fabric with a fresh white delicate organza neckline and short sleeves. Karen explores the merging of sustainable fashion with classic styles.
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Margaret Woodliff Wright is one of our five Marvellous Milliners to follow, and her Chrystal Lime headpiece goes perfectly with Karen Gold’s dress. A contemporary style, the headpiece has three acrylic faux crystal chrysanthemums set on a lime silk dupion pear-shaped base, finished with organza lime green ribbon leaves.
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Step up the glamour with a pair of rose gold sandals by Freya Rose, one of our Super Star Shoes Designers to Follow.
Freya’s Courtney sandal features an ornate Mother of Pearl block heel covered in a brass lattice pattern. Only 50 pairs of this style have been made due to the design taking over 20 hours of artisan hand craftsmanship.
For those times when your feet need a rest from wearing a four inch heel, pop on a pair of CocoRose London’s white laser cut leather loafers. These soft leather loafers fold up so are handy to carry in a reasonable sized handbag. If your handbag is too small, no worries as they come with their own travel pouch.
The Clapham loafer also has double cushioned insoles and padded Achilles heels for extra comfort.
Team the outfit with a structured pale pink grab bag by Italian family run designer brand Anna Cecere. The Carina handbag is handcrafted in smooth leather with gold coloured hardware and is large enough for all your racing day essentials – CocoRose foldable flats, sunglasses, sunscreen and scarf etc. It also has a detachable shoulder strap for those times when you need both hands free.
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Complete the outfit with rose gold jewellery by one of our Fabulous Four Jewellery Designers to Follow – Dower and Hall. Twinkle in a pair of rose gold vermeil peridot drop earrings.
Make waves with this 18ct gold vermeil Waterfall Wave Cuff. The handcrafted design is made up of seven curved bars reminiscent of waves and finished with Dower and Hall’s signature hammered texture.
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Karen Grace studied Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion and is a registered affiliate member of the Federation of Image Professionals International.
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