Despite the sloppy track and the wet weather race going women (and men) braved it all to come to the Derby dressed in their favourite headwear. be it facinators, hats or headwear more suited for Mars, they came prepared.
Taking a cue from what was seen at Kentucky Derby recently and Paris Fashion week earlier this year, we bring you the best kept millinery fashion secrets, freshest fashion looks and classically seductive ideas to make you the belle of the proverbial ball at Royal Ascot this hot summer.
Traditionally Royal Ascot is about restrained elegance. In a larger sense its about dressing to meet Royalty. Its England after all!
But where is the fun in that?
Hats this season are not just tradition but also nom de jure. Pair them with gorgeous multiple bags and Cinderella shoes for a truly magnificent outcome.
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Checks and Tartan Hats
I guess the final word in English fashion are tweeds, checks and tartan. We had all hoped they were resigned to the back of the cupboard until Burberry sent a fashion invite. But guess what? They are back.
For those men who find top hats a chore and those women who don't...
Sequins and Ruffles
Sounds like something more relevant to an evening dress rather than a hat. But there you have it folks, fashionistas and fashion designers agree that they are also great on head wear. Sequins and ruffles add a feminine air, they say. Combined with the in-vogue bucket hat, they are perfect for sunny skies or a rainy afternoon.
Jelly fish, yes, jelly fish will be inspiring our fashion choices this summer. Pale, translucent, almost plastic, in ince cream shades and ofcourse with tentacles.
Perhaps the combination of words like ice cream, jelly fish and tentacles remind one of breakfast best left unfinished. But on a runway or at a trackside they can be truly spectacular.
Roses And Feathers
Roses were widely visible at the Run For Roses. Although roses are the theme at the Derby oversized blooms, flowers, fur, feathers and embelishments are very big this summer. Straw hats with an emphasis on stripes and colour blocking could be just the thing. We also see a resurgence in structural plumage which can add an interesting shape to attendees headwear.