Sunday 28 May 2017

Model Roz Purcell and designer Jennifer Wrynne opt for same eye-catching jumpsuit for Ladies Day at Cheltenham

Jennifer Wrynne, left, and Roz Purcell, right, at Cheltenham Festival
Jennifer Wrynne, left, and Roz Purcell, right, at Cheltenham Festival
Model Roz Purcell at Cheltenham Racing Festival. Picture: Instagram
Model Roz Purcell prior to the Cheltenham Racing Festival at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham, England. Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Jennifer Wrynne, 27 from Leitrim, attends Champion Day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Jennifer Wrynne, 27 from Leitrim, arriving at Ladies Day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Model Roz Purcell prior to the Cheltenham Racing Festival at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham, England. Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Roz Purcell, a judge in the best dressed lady competition, at Punchestown yesterday. Photo: Damien Eagers
Roz Purcell on Ladies Day at the Galway races 2015. Pic:Mark Condren
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They've both got good taste.

When it comes to racing style, we've seen the same long gloves, fitted skirts and fascinators for years now, so Irish fashionistas Roz Purcell and Jennifer Wrynne both had the right idea when it came to standing out from the crowd.

The only problem is it looked like they had the same idea.

Model Roz, who will be judging the Best Dressed Lady competition for Ladies Day at Cheltenham Festival today, opted for a deep pink asymmetric jumpsuit by Irish-Turkish designer Umit Kutluk, complete with draping detail.

Model Roz Purcell at Cheltenham Racing Festival. Picture: Instagram
Model Roz Purcell at Cheltenham Racing Festival. Picture: Instagram

"My heels may not be comfy but this jumpsuit is," the 26-year-old posted on Instagram.

She finished off her unique look with a statement headpiece by milliner Suzanne Ryan. The former Miss Universe Ireland is well-known for championing Irish designers both at events here and abroad.

But milliner Jennifer Wrynne had the same idea for an eye-catching outfit, taking the day's Colour Me March theme quite literally in a teal green jumpsuit nearly identical to Roz's.

She added her own twist to the colourful number, which features a longer draping detail and a strapless neckline, injecting some extra colour with an embellished headpiece from her own range.

Jennifer Wrynne, 27 from Leitrim, arriving at Ladies Day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Jennifer Wrynne, 27 from Leitrim, arriving at Ladies Day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Both are regulars on the racing circuit with Wrynne winning the top prize on Ladies Day at the same festival last year, while Roz has judged the festivities at Punchestown and the Galway Races.

When asked about what she's looking for a winner today, she told Independent.ie: "The theme this year is 'Colour me March' and as you can see, I'm decked out in some colours, so I'm looking for someone who's going to be quite eye-catching and have a lot of colour going on.

"The sun is out, so there's no excuse.

"I'm looking for those Irish girls to rep. We're sure to have some Irish finalists.  I'm excited to see what fashion there is and what style there is."

Model Roz Purcell prior to the Cheltenham Racing Festival at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham, England. Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Model Roz Purcell prior to the Cheltenham Racing Festival at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham, England. Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

The cookbook author previously said that she's expecting Irish ladies to shine on one of the most anticipated days in the festival.

"The Irish girls always pull out all the stops when it comes to racing. I have no doubt we can bring the trophy home for the third year."

The Tipperary native (26) is enjoying her first Cheltenham Festival and plans to return in 2018 whether she's judging or not.

"I grew up in a National Hunt farm, so we're used to breeding national racehorses. We actually have one racing today," she said.

Jennifer Wrynne, 27 from Leitrim, attends Champion Day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Jennifer Wrynne, 27 from Leitrim, attends Champion Day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

"I've pretty much been at every race track growing up, but Cheltenham is the only one I hadn't been to. Today, I get to be the one bringing everyone, so that's really exciting. It's pretty hectic."

Ladies Day has attracted a host of famous faces including royals Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Zara Tindall, businesswoman Chanelle McCoy, who is married to legendary jockey AP and a host of stylish racegoers.

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