Wednesday 28 September 2016

Vogue Williams and Chanelle McCoy lead Irish fashionistas at Ladies Day at Cheltenham

Eimear Rabbitt

Published 16/03/2016 | 14:14

Racegoers arrive for the Cheltenham Festival. Picture: Reuters / Paul Childs
Racegoers arrive for the Cheltenham Festival. Picture: Reuters / Paul Childs
A group of racegoers arrive at the course during Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Ladies hat fashion for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Racegoer Michelle Foley with son Freddy from Nottingham arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Female racegoers arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Female racegoers arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Ladies fashion arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
A female racegoer in a fancy hat arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
A female racegoer in a fancy hat arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
AP McCoy's wife Chanelle McCoy (left) and friend arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Female racegoers take a selfie arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Female racegoers arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
A female racegoer wears a colour hat during Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Racegoers arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Ladies hat fashion for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Ladies hat fashion for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Ladies hat fashion for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Female racegoers arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Female racegoers take a selfie during Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Sophie Lydia Smith arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
A female racegoer arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
A female racegoer arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
A racegoer arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Miss Cheltenham 2016 Sophia Lydia Smith arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
A female racegoer arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Female racegoers arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
A female racegoer arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
England cricketer Jonny Bairstow arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
A female racegoer arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
A group of racegoers pose for a photograph during Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Racegoers arrive at the course during Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Racegoers arrive at the course during Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
A racegoer on Ladies Day at Cheltenham racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
A racegoer on Ladies Day at Cheltenham racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A racegoer arrives at the course during Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
A racegoer arrives at the course during Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Racegoers arrive for the Cheltenham Festival. Picture: Reuters / Dylan Martinez
Racegoers arrive for the Cheltenham Festival. Picture: Reuters / Paul Childs
Racegoers arrive for the Cheltenham Festival. Picture: Reuters / Paul Childs
Racegoers arrive for the Cheltenham Festival. Picture: Reuters / Paul Childs
Racegoers arrive for the Cheltenham Festival. Picture: Reuters / Paul Childs
Racegoers arrive for the Cheltenham Festival. Picture: Reuters / Dylan Martinez
Racegoers arrive for the Cheltenham Festival. Picture: Reuters / Dylan Martinez

It is all about the fashionable fillies at Cheltenham today as Ladies Day kicked off with gusto.

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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.

Vogue Williams pictured at the Cheltenham races for ladies day. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Vogue Williams pictured at the Cheltenham races for ladies day. Picture: Gerry Mooney

“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.

AP McCoy's wife Chanelle McCoy (left) and friend arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
AP McCoy's wife Chanelle McCoy (left) and friend arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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“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.

Ladies hat fashion for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Ladies hat fashion for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

“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.

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