Hats off to Ascot fashionistas
Lucy Foster, from Enfield, Co Meath, has proven form, having won €10,000 for Best Dressed Lady at the Powers Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday.
Daughter of trainer Denise 'Sneezy' Foster, Lucy yesterday headed to England with a horse van-full of Irish fashion, including dresses from Portlaoise designer Heidi Higgins, who was named Best Dressed at Punchestown last month.
The hat stash is from milliner Martha Lynn, who, ironically, was a rival finalist to Lucy in the Fairyhouse fashion fest; while completing Lucy's fashion team is Cashel-based stylist Paula McGann.
Unlike the jaw-dropping, minimalist outfits often seen at Aintree, the fashion police will be well and truly out at Ascot, where the rules for entering the royal enclosure are very specific:
Off- the-shoulder dresses are out and so, too, are halterneck frocks. l Spaghetti straps are a no-no and dress straps must be wider than one inch.
Midriffs must be covered. l Hats are allowed but fascinators (clumps of feathers), regarded as short on plumage, are shown the door.
Trouser suits are acceptable if they are full length -- but the jacket and trousers must be made from the same material and must be the same colour.
Gents don't get away easily either. They have to wear black or grey morning dress, waistcoat and top hat.
Lucy hopes to see winners at the course. If not in the best-dressed competition, then from her new fiance, trainer Fozzy Stack, who has horses running most days this week .
Fozzy, son of trainer Tommy Stack who partnered Red Rum to fame, has a yard in Golden, Co Tipperary, where he trains Lolly for Dolly which runs tomorrow and victory would be a sweet honeymoon gift for its owner, actor David Keoghan who married Cecelia Ahern last Friday.
Meanwhile, for Ladies' Day on Thursday, Lucy is banking on wearing a dramatic black-and-white dress and matching giant hat.
"Royal Ascot is a fabulous opportunity to dress up. It's once a year, everyone makes a huge effort and the style is phenomenal," said Lucy (25), who works in Fethard, handling advertising for John Magnier.