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Tracy Rose speaks to spectators on the first day of Royal Ascot horse racing festival at Ascot, Southern England,, 18th June 2013

Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood are the two jewels in the crown on the racing calendar for fashionistas. Both attract hundreds of thousands of spectators every year and are hugely pleasurable events. Fashion Fabulous joined the excitement of the racing and the fashions, bringing a piece of fabulous creativity themselves.

DSCN3812Our very good friend, Martina Neuen from RTL, Europe’s largest TV broadcaster, was eager to meet up with us again for this year’s Ladies Day, Royal Ascot to film us from the crack of dawn and throughout our day at the races. She and the RTL film crew were staying a few doors down from us at The Coppid Beech Hotel, Berkshire. First we gave her a tour in our room of the three amazing hats that were worn at this year’s meeting.

Catching up with us at the racetrack there was more filming and we gave our expert insight to Royal Ascot. As ever, Ladies Day attracts the most imaginative hats on the planet.

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Horse & Hound, 27th June 2013, two images of Tracy Rose hats and other race-goers including the Queen from the first and second days at Royal Ascot

Statement pieces included millinery made out of confectionery wrappers, a mock swan’s head adorned with pearls, and from gigantic floral headpieces to smaller tangerine and hot pink colour clashes as worn by mezzo-soprano singer Katherine Jenkins. It’s always marvellous to watch the Queen and her guests arriving by carriage in great style.

Describing the Royal parties outfits for RTL, it was that clear that Her Majesty knew how to elegantly standout from the crowd in a delightfully vibrant lilac coordinated outfit. Next to her, was her grandson Peter Phillips wife, Autumn, wearing a cool aqua coat and large sophisticated ivory hat adding a touch of glam to the Royal carriage. Ten days later, the six minute feature went out on RTL’s Exclusiv to a viewership of 2.5 million.  Tracy Rose at Ladies Day, 20th June 2013, Tracy Rose at Ladies Day Royal Ascot

At Glorious Goodwood, Ladies Day we saw an abundance of Gatsby influences fringed flapper dresses making a big hit in the Richmond Enclosure, Goodwood’s most exclusive race-goer area. Actress Anna Friel opted for a “retro flower-power” look complete multi-coloured heart hat made from flowers whilst Zara, the Queen’s granddaughter was radiant in a sunshine yellow dress with black accessories a perfect choice for the beautiful weather we had that day.


Tracy Rose on Channel 4 Racing TV Ladies Day Glorious Goodwood 1st August 2013

With a relaxed dressed code instituted by Lord March, who himself wore a fine unstructured beige linen suit, female race-goers were delighted to wear their favourite smart and highly attractive ensembles and we certainly didn’t see anyone in a bikini!

As in previous years, the most fashionable place to be was the Richmond Lawn Bar where Verve Clicquot was the champagne of the day although the Pimms was pretty good too! Panamas and linen suits were of course the most popular apparel for men although several celebrities such as star of television series “Whitechapel”, Rupert Penry-Jones broke rank with a very conservative black suit, Nathaniel Parker opted for light grey whilst actor Bill Nighy exuded ultra-cool in dark navy.


Russell Rose & Tracy Rose soaking up the atmosphere at Glorious Goodwood

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