Vogue Williams and Chanelle McCoy lead Irish fashionistas at Ladies Day at Cheltenham
Published 16/03/2016 | 14:14
It is all about the fashionable fillies at Cheltenham today as Ladies Day kicked off with gusto.
Leading the way in the style stakes is model and TV presenter Vogue Williams who paid tribute to the traditional tweed look with a purple suit by Irish designer Catriona Hanly.
The Howth native finished off her look with a matching hat, black Paul Costelloe coat and Louis Vuitton heels.
lt was no suprise that the statuesque blonde decided to champion Irish designers as she is judging the best dress competition today as part of Team Ireland at this year's racing festival.
“I think it is interesting that Ireland is up against England – we didn't do well at the rugby so we better get this one,” she joked.
The London based presenter will enjoy a drink and a sumptuous dinner at a table with Former Formula One team owner Eddie Jordan and his family.
“Ireland is so funny because literally Eddie knows everyone that I know,” Vogue told Independent.ie
Lots of colour adorned the course today as women of all shapes and sizes put their best fashion foot forward and Vogue is well aware of what she will be looking for when she picks her winning lady.
“I would like to see something that you would wear to meet your boyfriend's mother for the first time. Saturday night outfits won't do,” she said.
She will be joined on the judged panel by reigning Miss Cheltenham Sophie Lydia Smith who is representing England, but has plenty of Irish blood in her.
“My granny is Irish and came over to the UK during the second world war so she is not with us today but we have a lot of Irish in us,” Sophie told Independent.ie.
“I've got a lot of Irish in me and I'm English too so I'm not sure who I will go for in the best dressed today but I will be looking for lots of colour.”
Also turning heads on the racecourse is Leitrim lady Jennifer Wrynne who won last year's best dressed competition and stunned in a off the shoulder blue trouser suit of her own creation.
The milliner finished off the look with a very colourful hat as enjoyed another Cheltenham festival.
There are plenty of fashion forward ladies in the running for this year's best dressed, including Meath lady Louise Allen, whose outfit comes from a family friend and dates back 15 years.
Kirsty Farrell (20) from Newry got her outfit from her own shop, Rosie's Closet, which she co-owns with mum Rosie.
This year's winner will walk away with over £10,000 worth of prizes.