Fashionistas from every walk of life were out in full force last week for Royal Ascot. Come rain or shine (and there was quite a bit of both) the boundaries of fashion are pushed at the annual event and this year was no exception. An array of the most creative and daring millinery was on display all week, along with a selection of the most elegant women’s dresses and suits, and shoes so hot they almost set the grass on fire. Vivacious colours dominated the racecourse landscape amongst the fashion savvy, though the men seemed to have tone it down a little, with conservative waistcoats.

Stealing the day was the High Street. Yes, there were the usual Alexander McQueens, Amanda Wakeleys and Vivienne Westwoods, but the effects on the economy could be well seen with a strong turn out from Karen Millen, Coast and Reiss. That said, those who opted for a mix of House of Fraser and Harvey Nichols certainly held their own, looking spectacular in their creativeness and getting the most out of their outfits. Thrown into the mix was also a good smattering of new cutting edge British designers such as Todd Lynn and Henrietta Ludgate.

The atmosphere across the board was as convivial as ever. Although there was a single fight reported, virtually everyone was blissfully unaware of it. As the day wore on, and everyone totted up their wins (and losses) ladies who ventured out in skyscraper heels and platforms were seen carrying them and most people looked ready to go home. As ever Royal Ascot proved a triumph for lovers of the races and lovers of style and next year is already being anticipated.