The scene was set for a vintage Ladies Day at Royal Ascot, with the sun out and the course looking incredible.
Ascot had gone to town with their attention to detail and everywhere you looked across the course and grandstand there were amazing backdrops to the racegoers, the occasion and of course, the horses.
We arrived bright and early to capture the fashion themes as the racegoers descended upon the most stylish corner of Berkshire. The ombre rose wall and the giant butterflys provided perfect places to photograph the crowds and the course itself was decked out in red and pink carnations.
Strong fashion themes this year were floral and full length floaty. Colours were red, pink and plenty of cream. The hats as usual, were out of this world. There was no one overriding style of dress or hat and we spoke to plenty of very stylish ladies who had matched bespoke or designer with vintage and eBay. A number of ladies had made their own hats, we were particularly taken with Mrs Ines Hernandez’s outfit and she had made her own headpiece and customised her Mui Mui bag. (image Inez & 42 Ascot people).
Self Portrait was another label that was popular and also hats by Ilda di Vico. We spoke to Tracy Rose, a milliner very much woven into Royal Ascot’s tapestry. She has been gracing Ascot with her theatrical showstoppers for over 35 years.
The Eclipse Magazine team was out and about photographing the stylish ladies and gents, and it was like a giant fashion beehive between 10.30 and 1pm, the crowds just kept coming at us!
We loved meeting you all, many thanks for posing for us, and hope you enjoy the results below:
Queuing up for photos – what a stylish queue!
Rachael Wallsworth looking stunning in a Hans & Sykes outfit paired with a striking hat by Funky Fascinators.
Mrs Angela Atkinson with a great bespoke piece by Jenny Roberts of Harrogate.
We enjoyed chatting to these three ladies. L-R we have Janet Roscastle, Xenia Wayman and Theresa Earley. Janet was working a Ralph Lauren dress with a Louis Vuitton bag and Theresa looked lovely in a Katherine Elizabeth hat and Prada.
We loved chatting to Tiffany Rowe who made her own hat. Tiffany is a regular at this meeting.
Elizabeth Richardson looking absolutely stunning in label of the moment, Self-Portrait, with a Rebecca Jones hat. Elizabeth and her husband are body builders in their spare time. What a stylish couple.
Rachel Oates and husband – We caught up with Rachel who we met first at Sandown last year for the Eclipse. Rachel is an accountant by day and literally a Hatonista (@hatonista) by night, we saw her at Epsom on both days and her millinery is top drawer. She was in a Chi-Chi outfit today with of course one of her own hats.
Pascale Ghose and her husband who’d been Ascot shopping with her! Pascale is wearing an outfit by Ascot outfitters Natalya and a bag by Eva Lobo.
Sue Lloyd-Williams’s coat really caught our eye. Sue combined Shirley Keon couture with Michelle Barnes millinery.
Valeria Agostini looking very striking in red, one of the main colours we saw throughout the day. Valeria is a milliner and is wearing one of her designs. Glamorous Hats by Valeria – www.glamoroushats.com
We hijacked Aoife Harrison and Estbalitz Diaz de Durana – who were looking sensational – to find out where their outfits were from. Aoife is wearing Umit Kutluk, a Dublin based designer. Estbalitz was wearing her own creation of fishes.
One of the showstoppers. Melanie Mar is probably our favourite outfit of the day – she looked amazing and stunning against the backdrop, in her outfit from LA and Ilda Di Vico hat. Shown here with Sally Tringham and her mother.
The Tootsie Rollers. Lovely to chat with these amazing and talented singers, and what a stylish bunch of ladies: Lisa, Katy, Anna, Meg and Khiley. Wearing Collectif dresses, Lulu Hun shoes, Norida Fraiman hats and Zoe Darling bags. Their sunglasses were from Eye Place in London.
Candida Crawford was a good spot – she looked lovely in an outfit sourced entirely from the Kings Road.
Mrs George Harrison (pictured left) looked very natural and was wearing a straw hat from a charity shop.
John Henry Cugley who stood out in his McDonald tartan with Gillian Hunt. He is an Ascot regular.
This group of ladies was very stylish: L–R Kate Ozerov who is a major lifestyle blogger ‘Stylensnitch’ www.stylensnitch.com; Maria Zherebtsova who made all the hats (www.hatsbymaria.com); Natalia Zherebtsova; Anna Herold; and Hoddanna el Haddad who was dressed by Arosière of Knightsbridge (www.arosiere.com).
Heather Fleming looking stunning in Self-Portrait and Chanel with millinery by Eleda Hats.
We loved the outfits Mrs David Brierwood and Ms Christina Brierwood were wearing: a Louise Kennedy cape and a Tori Burch dress.
Another one of our favourite outfits – Mrs Inez Hernandez who made her own headpiece. Detail shown of her Mui Mui bag, accessorised with a gorgeous brooch.
Elizabeth O’Hagan looked lovely. She was wearing a Helen Mcalinden outfit with millinery by Suzanne Ryan.
Tracy Rose manoeuvres through the course with a very theatrical showstopper.
Edita de Ettejohns, Audra Radaviciene and Lina Apanasikiene taking five and providing us with a great photo.
Irene Lelieveld and her daughter Diana Lelieveld in traditional dress and headpieces that Diana made.
In between races we caught up with Lizzie Hughes (wife of jockey Richard Hughes) who runs a successful millinery business from the yard at Lambourn. She looked amazing and had her hat made specially by Dawn Guibert to co-ordinate with her dress. All chosen in February! Check out Lizzies Hats www.lizzieshats.com
Francesca Cumani always looking fabulous @itvracing.
Eclipse Magazine Social Editor Charlotte Greig all dressed up and raring to go! Wearing a headpiece by Joslin Meeks at Harlequin Fascinators (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/harlequinfascinators) who made her hat in two days and saved the day.
Charlotte Greig is the Social Editor for Eclipse, and you will find her out and about at racedays searching for information about the best outfits – usually accompanied by our photographer Rachel Groom. Charlotte grew up next door to Epsom, is a keen fan of racing as well as fashion, and has previously worked for The Jockey Club.