Shimmer and Sparkle for the September Races

OK August was not the month the racing events opened their gates to the public, so fingers crossed for the September races.

The government has advised that there will be a number of pilot sporting events in September to test the return of spectators as lockdown restrictions ease. Here’s hoping that the two major racing events, the Doncaster St Leger (9th–12th September) and Ayr Gold Cup (17th–19th September) will be among these pilots.

Celebrate the grand opening and go all-out glamour for your first racing day outing whether it is at Doncaster or Ayr. If again the doors are closed to the public, then it’s still the time to sparkle to show we can weather the storm.

Sequins are not just for Christmas! Shimmer in style and feel like a goddess in Rixo’s Venus sequined midi dress

Described as turquoise dip dye, the embellished sequins emulate the colour of the sea graduating from green to blue and back to green. Price £345.

Rejoice in wearing a hat again with Judy Bentinck’s Cassiopeia turquoise and gold hand rolled sinamay fascinator with silk crown and peacock feathers. Was £425, now £340.

Judy trained with Rose Cory, who was the Queen Mother’s own milliner. Now she passes on her own appreciation of artistry and detailing to the students of Central St Martin’s University of Arts whilst also creating hats at her studio at Cockpits Arts in central London.

The fascinator’s tilt is perfect for a pair of complementary yet statement earrings. 

Rixo’s Margaery earrings delivers just this with its aquamarine stones and large gold plated medallions.

Price £105.

Go minimalistic glamour with Guess Nova Crystal watch in yellow gold available from H Samuel.

A 40mm round yellow gold tone stainless steel case houses an understated gold dial with just one twinkling crystal marking 12 o’clock with a gold stud at 6 o’clock. A coordinating yellow gold tone bracelet brings cohesion to the look. Price £149.

Also available in rose gold and silver.

Carry a classic style chic clutch handcrafted using traditional and sustainable techniques. 

Jen Clutch in turquoise with white stone clasp is made by Kayu, one of the five handbag designers shortlisted for our EM design awards 2020. Price $245 from their website or if you prefer a UK website, it is available via – price £148.33.

The Jen clutch has a chain strap and is available in other colours.

Not only do Kayu’s bags look gorgeous, they are also ethically made. The Jen clutch is handcrafted from dyed and woven Buntal straw sourced from the leaves of the Buri palm using thousand-year-old traditional techniques. The bags are hand made by women cooperatives in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, using indigenous techniques that have been passed down through generations.


Shine in Polina Magiy’s Sandra metallic leather sandals in turquoise, green and purple. The block heel is adorned on one side with a laser cut Arabic inspired motif. Price £365.

Polina Magiy is UK based footwear designer with Russian heritage. Graduated from London college of Fashion in 2012, she launched her footwear collection to create shoes she always wanted to wear but could never find. All her shoes are handcrafted in an artisan factory in Italy.

An essential accessory is the facemask. Treat your skin to luxurious gentle silk, which has smoother fibres than cotton.

Kewcraft Design via Etsy  has created pure silk facemasks in 100% mulberry silk. The masks are double sided with silk. Each mask’s print will differ from each other due to the fabric cutting from a large pattern. It’ll be like a lucky dip! Price £15.99.

September weather is unpredictable but you may not be ready to hide your gorgeous outfit under a coat or jacket. Opt for a shawl like  Twinset’s pink wrap via

Trimmed with a delicate lace. Price £69.

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