Royal Ascot Day 1 and I know that I am going to have a fabulous time. I was wearing Australian Designer Carla Zampatti with amazing headwear loaned from Jason Grech that Richard Nylon made for the 'Designer Award' at Melbourne Cup Carnival.
When entering the course you are flooded with amazing colour and excitement of the week to come. Not many do attend each day as it is totally exhausting, but that is what I am there for, and now at the end of the week, I am totally exhausted.
What I love about Royal Ascot is there is no Fashions on the Field, but everyone dressed so well in the areas I go to being Grandstand and Royal Enclosure. Everyone who enters through the gates of the 'Royal Enclosure' is so well attired and I believe if you wish to go to this area you should adhere to the tradition. I did cover my pink hair and wore hats suitable when entering to show respect, equally you can see people entering the Grandstand Enclosure are also beautifully attired and just love the occasion to put on a beautiful outfit and hat. This does not stop with the ladies, as gentlemen are looking dapper and fabulous as well. It seems in Britain that no matter what age, the ladies who are entering seem to have an air of class and happy to dress in outstanding Racewear attire. So many times ladies over 40 or 50 have difficulty finding what best suits them, but at Royal Ascot it is apparent that all ages have the are of Racewear Nailed, especially on Day One. It is always a pleasure to see Carole and Paul from the 'Hat' magazine and they work so hard. We both constantly keep on spotting the same hats and ohhing and ahhing. Tuesday, the first day is always exciting although the big fashion days do not start until Wednesday and the peak of Fashion Fabulous being Ladies Day on Thursday.
Not to disappoint I did see amazing hats and beautiful bespoke pieces that had been made, the brim as I say is definitely back and the United Kingdom do this so beautifully. Looking at hats, my favourites of the day were Philip Treacy, Stephen Jones, Noel Stewart and Edwina Ibbotson, all equally spectacular. I dined in Carriages restaurant and The Queen must have been channelling my hair colour choosing to wear fuchsia. Carriages is an outstanding restaurant and the only draw back is you cannot have the Royal Precession parade in front of you and you are not close enough to the finish line. You get your fair share of seeing all the festivities and I would say it would be my first pick for dining as a fair price. Enjoy the day of images.