Birds of a feather flock to races as Irish add splash of colour
There can't be a pheasant left with any plumage east of the Pennines, judging by the feathery headgear at Cheltenham Ladies' Day yesterday.
British royal Zara Phillips proved her fashion mettle, going from sedate angora beret and large sunglasses on Tuesday to working man's flat cap, killer heels, short coat and red patent Mulberry handbag yesterday.
The Irish fashion squad certainly showed the Gloucestershire gals. The visiting women showed little interest in embracing the Cotswold horsey uniform of short tweed skirt, bare legs and fur-lined boots, opting for more colourful ensembles.
Gemma McNamee, from the Liberties in Dublin, flew the flag for glamour with an all-white outfit -- a broderie anglaise dress and swirling saucer hat with giant bow.
The contrasting fashion styles were very marked, the local ladies preferring sensible plaids and checks in autumnal colours and Davy Crockett-fur headbands.
Amanda Kelly from Swords, Co Dublin, chose a dizzy mix of polka dots -- black and white on her puffball coat and hat, with dotty red gloves.
Glamorous Mary Carty from Kells, Co Meath, left no one in any doubt that she liked cerise, wearing hat, coat, polo neck and lipstick in the same shade.
The winner of the best outfit on the day was student Eliza Cook, with a three-quarter length grey jacket and long black leather Agent Provocateur gloves, with black feathered hat and vintage suede boots.
Meanwhile, Michelin star chef Derry Clarke enjoyed a well-deserved day off from the kitchens at Dublin's L'Ecrivain looking very sharp with black-brimmed fedora, wide-herringbone overcoat and a purple shirt with green collar trim.