Fashion Fabulous London co-author, Tracy Rose brought a piece of her fabulous creativity to this special Diamond Jubilee Epsom Derby with a sculptural millinery Jubilee hat.

Consisting of two hundred Swarovski crystals and finest gold lame, the hat was inspired by the 1953 Coronation regalia. The crown of the hat represents the Orb, whilst the brim is an interpretation of the Coronation crown and at either side of it are jewelled sceptres. Racegoers went for high glam looks and were definitely there to enjoy themselves.

In the Queen’s stand, bright colours were the order of the day with an abundance of block but also bold florals and graphic prints. Lengths varied from evening dresses skimming the ground to short skirts with the occasional mini. The Jubilee was definitely on people’s minds as many wore 50’s inspired outfits. This Derby showed a 50:50 split between fascinators and hats both of which were traditionally full of feathers and flowers. We opted for the Queen’s Stand, where women are asked to wear a fascinator or hat, but found that in the other enclosures, whilst not obligatory – they still decided to wear these.

Tracy opted for a blue shot with pink organza dress and jacket, gold Gucci high heels and a gold bugle bead Dune handbag, whilst Russell went for a Joseph black wool suit. On menswear, men wore in general smart jackets, suits, collars and ties in the Queen’s Stand on Ladies day, whilst on Derby Day morning suits and tops hats were the order of the day. As ever, at these big racing events much champagne is consumed. We found the Pol Roger amongst the best whilst watching the fashionistas enjoying the exuberance of the day. We chose Jubilee Jacks for traditional English afternoon tea. Although the seating area was comfortable and the service attentive, it was very hard to find the microscopic drop of jam that was supposed to have been featured in the scone and the Victoria sandwich had only the tiniest amount of cream and jam in it.

We stayed in Reigate which was a short drive from the racecourse. We found the tea was much better at a gem of a place called the Vintage Tea House, 17 Church Street, Reigate RH2 0AA (www.vintagetea.co.uk) where the date and ginger cake is to be recommended.

For fashionable places to eat and drink in London see our latest book Fashion Fabulous London 2012 that looks at 132 venues and reviews in detail the Top 200 fashion shops in London. The book is available at Waterstones, Harrods, Selfridges, Joseph, Daunt, Foyles, Oliver Bonas, Dolly Dare, Present-London, Amazon and all major bookshops priced £12.99.

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