Sunday 18 February 2018

Ladies make a splash in deluge

Lauren Turner

IT TAKES more than the occasional deluge to deflate spirits at Ascot, especially on Ladies' Day.

When the rain came, out came the umbrellas. The extravagant hats were covered by umbrellas and the bold dresses with waterproofs, until the sun eventually came out.

Some racegoers decided to pay tribute to the 300th anniversary of the famous Berkshire racecourse with their choices of outfit.

A group of six friends wore hats in the shape of different birds as a nod to the 18th Century.

Ann-Marie Sawdon (28) from Stockton-on-Tees, who wore a dove design, said: "Our friend is a milliner and as we're celebrating 300 years of Ascot we went for a bird theme."

Paula Lachetti-Gibson, who travelled to Ascot from Milan in Italy, created a bold wide-brimmed hat with a veil, which was decorated with a crown, a toy rabbit in a cage, eggs, leaves, butterflies and the number 300.

Ascot veteran Florence Claridge, who has attended the event for more than 25 years, wore a vast red David Shilling hat, which she described as looking "like a pretzel".

Milliner Ilda di Vico chose the theme of ladybirds. They decorated her hat, made of red and black hoops, and her handbag.

Ms Di Vico, in a red dress with ruffled collar and sleeves, said: "I love ladybirds, so had the dress made to match the hat."

Irish Independent

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