It may be the oldest and smallest racecourse in England, but Chester’s Roodee is young at heart and big on the fashion trends – especially when it comes to the May Festival.
Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019 is ‘Living Coral’. The colour is described as sociable and spirited which welcomes and encourages light hearted activity, symbolising our need for optimism and joyful pursuits. That certainly describes horseracing festivals!
The Oona coral silk mini dress from WTR is simple chic with a lustrous sheen to shimmer in the sunlight. A twisted halter neckline at the front, the drama is kept at the back with a flamboyant silk bow. Price £490 from Wolf & Badger, also available in fuchsia pink. Fabric 100% silk with 100% silk lining.
Top with more coral from hat designer Fiona Gale. Her Nina hat is a hand sewn coffee bean-shaped headpiece adorned with handmade silk chiffon and habutai orchids in tones of corals, peach, yellow and ivory. Coral, topaz and clear AB Swarovski crystals will glisten under the sunlight and the coral veiling stands delicately upright emulating living coral of the sea. Can be made in other colours as requested. Price £173.36 via Etsy.
Fiona trained as a graphic designer, moved to Ascot and discovered the fantastic world of millinery. She was able to use her 2D graphical knowledge and create 3D art forms as hats and fascinators. Fiona also runs a hat hire service at the Royal Ascot races (www.dress-2-impress.com) where racegoers can book online in advance, collect their hat on the day of the races and return in the evening.
Splash a touch of Aqua blue on to the coral with Freya Rose Courtney lace up sandal with genuine mother of pearl and polished brass lattice heel. The shoes are handcrafted in Spain, whilst the ornate heels are handmade by jewellers in Indonesia.
Not only looking gorgeous, these shoes have ergonomically perfected memory foam insole padding and kid leather lining for extra comfort. Price £575.
Freya achieved a first class honour’s degree in Footwear Design from the London College of Fashion and established the brand in 2010.
Take a dip in turquoise with Oddical’s Dottie clustered gold drop earrings with turquoise tips (£110) and matching cuff bracelet (£110) available via Young British Designers. Both pieces are created by 3D printing in nylon, plated in 22ct gold and hand painted in turquoise blue.
Oddical was created by Farrah Al-Dujaili who graduated with her MA jewellery and silversmithing from Birmingham in 2010.
Carry a piece of art around at the races in the form of a clutch bag. Contemporary artist and designer Ella Prakash decided to combine art with fashion and created Ella Impressions. The Glory Art and Design Clutch is hand made from artwork print on PU with suede lining and a rose gold chain, so can be held or worn over the shoulder. Price £150 from Wolf & Badger.