Tuesday 27 September 2016

Spot the winner - top fashion festive racing looks

It's part and parcel of the Christmas holiday traditions - going racing. Our fashion expert selects some head-turning festive racing looks

Published 20/12/2015 | 02:30

Black and gold hat, €415, Martha Lynn, marthalynnmillinery.com; 'Jessie' gold lurex coat, €1,295, Louise Kennedy, 56 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 and Brown Thomas, Grafton Street; 'Baiba' tassel single cut diamond pendant,€1,295, Louise Kennedy, 56 Merrion Square; 'Montserrat' silk-lined leather gloves, €470, Paula Rowan, Westbury Mall and Brown Thomas.
Black and gold hat, €415, Martha Lynn, marthalynnmillinery.com; 'Jessie' gold lurex coat, €1,295, Louise Kennedy, 56 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 and Brown Thomas, Grafton Street; 'Baiba' tassel single cut diamond pendant,€1,295, Louise Kennedy, 56 Merrion Square; 'Montserrat' silk-lined leather gloves, €470, Paula Rowan, Westbury Mall and Brown Thomas.
Velvet hat with feathers and diamante trim, €165, Mad Hatter, Lower Stephen Street, Dublin 2; Weill floral coat with faux fur trim, €975, Nissa oyster suit with fitted skirt, €295, both from Olivia Danielle, Church Street, Athlone; 'Lewina' slate grey gloves, €210, metallic clutch, €149.95, Paula Rowan
'Amadou' tie-dye, rabbit-hair felt hat, €200, Anthony Peto, South Anne Street, Dublin 2; Beaumont raspberry faux fur jacket, €249, knit dress, €200, Olivia Danielle, Church Street, Athlone; 'Lewina' slate gloves, €210, Paula Rowan
Purple felt boater, €375, Martha Lynn Millinery; 'Marlena' orange and purple lurex jacket, €995, and matching 'Lianna' skirt with pockets, €1,295, Louise Kennedy, 56 Merrion Square and Brown Thomas, Dublin; 'Sasha' orange gloves, €89.95, Paula Rowan
'Dusko' felt hat, €170, Anthony Peto, 14 South Anne Street, Dublin 2; 'Sandra' cashmere coat, €550; 'Echo' tweed jacket, €350, and matching skirt, €185, LK Bennett, Dundrum Town Centre and Arnotts; 'Danielle' contrasting frill gloves, €140, Paula Rowan

Goodbye to the turkey and hello Christmas racing! The post-Santa racing season is always one of the most exciting, and most sociable, of the year and with so many people home for the holidays, it really adds to a lively atmosphere.

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I have the pleasure of judging the Monart Destination Spa 'Most Stylish Lady' competition at Leopardstown on Monday, December 28. The Lexus Chase Day is always one of the most glamorous days on the Christmas calendar in Ireland. December 28 sees the official Ladies' Day of the four-day racing festival at Leopardstown so rest assured, the stakes will be high and I know from experience that the hardcore racing fraternity will be out along with regulars from the Best Dressed circuit of fashionistas, tempted by the rather gorgeous prize worth €5,000.

The winner of the Most Stylish Lady and her guest will enjoy a five-night break at award-winning Monart in a luxurious suite, complete with chauffeur to and from the spa located near Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. There will be signature spa treatments every day, dinners and afternoon tea. If the winner cannot avail of a five-day stay, the prize can also be conveniently redeemed as five separate mini-breaks.

To say I'm currently fixated about colour is an under-statement. After styling this winter fashion shoot, I'm most definitely out of the black and intend to wear red on December 28 for my judging duties. I have a soft spot for Leopardstown, not least because I actually won Best Dressed there back in May 2000 and I luxuriated in spending my fashion prize for the next few months. As for tips, well I would encourage ladies to embrace colour and do dress appropriately for the weather. Remember that the clue is in the title: Most Stylish Lady so accessories and grooming will help you towards that fabulous prize and do come early. Gates open at 10am, the first race is at 12.10pm and I will be out spotting the glam ladies from noon.

Styled by: Bairbre Power, @bairbrepower

Photography: Emily Quinn, emilyquinn.com Model: Karen Fitzpatrick, Assets Model Agency, assetsmodels.com Shot on location: at Monart Spa, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, monart.ie

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