QIPCO British Champions Day 2017, to be held on 21st October at Ascot Racecourse, will feature an Opening Ceremony to kick off the day’s racing, at which renowned sporting Soprano Laura Wright will perform.
Eclipsemagazine.co.uk asked Laura for her thoughts about the day, beginning with how did you become interested in horseracing?
Laura: I grew up with horses, but in a more domestic environment. My mum was a showjumper when she was younger and I’d grown up having riding lessons. I became interested in the racing side in my early twenties, when I would go to Newmarket races (most local to me) the whole day blew me away… the racing, the fashion and the music there just isn’t another sport like it. I then became more involved when I developed my role as a singer at sporting events, including British Champions Day!
As a racegoer, have you attended British Champions Day before? Why do you think it is special?
Laura: I attended last year’s British Champions Day, as well as performing. It’s the last of the European Flat racing season, so there’s a sense of flair and finale about it. Any event held at Ascot has a sense of grandeur to it in my eyes and that’s reflected in the flair of people’s fashion. It’s amazing to think it’s only been going since 2011, it already feels like an established part of the racing calendar.
How do you feel about being asked to perform at British Champions Day?
Laura: I was lucky enough to perform last year for the opening of British Champions Day, I’ve also performed at Aintree for the Grand National for the past two years and will be doing so again in 2018. It’s always an honour to be asked to perform at such a prestigious event, there’s always a heightened sense of expectation with what you’re wearing too!
As Ascot’s British Champions Day is a fairly new addition to the racing calendar (having only begun in 2011) and is also hosted at the end of the Flat racing season when the weather is turning colder, how do you see fashion style amongst the racegoers developing?
Laura: I think with the weather turning colder it’s a great chance to nail that chic outerwear look, or bring in the jumpsuit/trouser suit combination. I love a tailored look when the weather turns colder. I also think we’ll see a lot of ladies going for up-do’s with hair and a stronger make-up look. I’ve had my moments when it’s been windy and I’m attempting to sing with hair across my face, it’s not a good look!
For this season, what would be your top three fashion tips for British Champions Day?
Laura: As I mentioned above, an outfit that fits well and is tailored will look expensive and chic regardless of the price tag or designer. Now it’s officially autumn, I think bringing a strong flash of colour into your outfit can work really well. We’ve seen a lot of sequins and embellishments on the latest catwalks and that can add the wow factor to your outfit.
And finally the most important question! Can you reveal what you will be wearing for BCD this year? If not can you give a few hints?
Laura: I have a number of performances on the day so I will be wearing a mixture of British and International Designers. I’ll be going brave with my colours and incorporating some of the glitz and sequins we’ve seen at fashion week. Can’t wait!