Fashion and racing – far too good to be missed!
Attending a fashion show at Royal Ascot does little to ease the stress surrounding what dress to wear and the choice between a hat and a fascinator. However, fashion and the races is a potent mix – far too good to be missed.
Located on the top floor of the triple-decker marquee, The Bessborough Restaurant provided panoramic views of the racecourse, a lively atmosphere and a much appreciated amuse-bouche of Bloody Mary with green tobacco and salted celery straws upon arrival. The restaurant hosted a plethora of Great British talent ranging from the three-time winner of British Designer of the Year, Dame Vivienne Westwood, to emerging talent Mary Katrantzou.
The starters, of beetroot and Tsar salmon served with a horseradish jam, arrived just as the first of the shows began. Dame Vivienne Westwood dazzled diners with her infamously, edgy touch, as she showcased some of her signature pieces from Spring/Summer 2010 Gold Label Collection. Amanda Wakeley, OBE, proudly displayed an Indian inspired collection of draped sunset-coloured silks, belted gowns, unstructured blazers and a sequinned jumpsuit. Whilst, Ascot favourites GIEVES and Hawkes, paraded a collection of exquisite morning and dinner Suits fresh from Savile Row. Meanwhile, Mary Katrantzou wowed the ensemble with her wearable art and milliner Stephen Jones, exhibited examples of that Ascot essential, the hat.
During the shows guests enjoyed a five-course meal including a delightful selection of lemon deserts and a plate of British cheeses which rounded things off just before HRH The Queen’s arrival. Then, it was off to the parade ring to see what fine thoroughbreds this year had to offer.