Top designers likely to be worn at this year’s Royal Ascot

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After its introduction in 2012, the dress code for Royal Ascot has become well-known for banning fascinators, spaghetti straps, and asking male guests to wear only black or grey top hats. 2015 is no exception to the rule and this year’s style guide has outfit suggestions for guests to wear. Here are some of the top designers that are most likely to be worn at this year’s race meeting:

 

Gina Foster

Hats are a necessity when it comes to Royal Ascot fashion. Gina Foster is a popular alternative to Sir Philip Treacy when it comes to luxury millinery. With a special collection on her online store dedicated to the Royal Ascot in a range of colours, designs and textures there is bound to be something there to suit all outfits. The prices range between the £300 – £900 mark which, although expensive, is not too outrageous for a designer hat.

A great Gina Foster hat

A great Gina Foster hat

 

Ben de Lisi

Known for designing for the popular department shop Debenhams, Ben de Lisi’s dress which was commissioned by Coral last year made the news after Strictly come Dancing star Kristina Rihanoff was asked to change it as the dress, which was made of Coral betting slips, had spaghetti straps. This year, Coral have commissioned another dress from de Lisi which he says is inspired by the jockey silks and will even incorporate a silk necktie so it is likely that this year’s dress will be more tasteful.

 

LK Bennett

When it comes to finding an outfit which is perfect for the Royal Ascot, L K Bennett tends to be a brilliant place to start. A British designer whose dresses are the ideal style for the dress code, the summery patterns will go well with most accessories, making it an ideal choice for those looking for an outfit within the £300-400 price range.

Kate Middleton is a huge fan of LK Bennett

Kate Middleton is a huge fan of LK Bennett

Hetherington Hats

As gentlemen guests in the Royal Enclosure are required to wear either a black or grey Top Hat, Hetherington Hats are bound to be making an appearance at this year’s Royal Ascot. Located on Walpole Street, just around the corner from Harrods, they stock over seven hundred different hats for sale or hire and fit each hat to the wearer’s head individually.

 

Barbara Casasola

For those who are looking for an outfit which is a little more unusual, Barbara Casasola’s collection of ladieswear is ideal. Describing her designs as “pared-back but sensual”, Casasola’s designs are regularly placed in the “best dressed” section of Royal Ascot and it seems likely that this year will be no exception.

Debenhams A/W Press Day 2013/4 – so much variety

It was in a new venue, but the Debenhams press day was as glamorous as ever, showcasing a range of beautiful evening wear, gorgeous winter coats, and a great range of accessories. All the designer ranges were there in force, with Jonathan Saunders, Jenny Packham and Julian MacDonald, amongst others showing that Debenhams persists as a destination you must visit when you are looking for serious occasion dressing.

This being the Autumn/Winter collection, there was a real emphasis on that perfect dress for party season. 1930s bias style dresses were juxtaposed with 1950s floral prom styles. Meshing and net details were in abundance, whilst interesting prints featuring larger than life diamonds and gems were also a feature. Interestingly, no one colour dominated, this was a full palette of shades that ranged from monochrome to the pinks that would have made Schiaparelli smile.

Dresses

 

Coats and Seperates

Accessories

Friday shopping focus -Designer at Debenhams key sales picks

For my Friday shopping focus this week I thought I would start with a little look at Debenhams, who are holding a special three day sale. Everything across the store and online has some level of discount, making this the perfect weekend to treat yourself, or pick up something that you have needed for a long time (the wants versus the needs!). In particular, you can find some really fantastic offers on new lines from the ‘Designers at Debenhams’ section.

This collection has long been a great place to source quality pieces and designs, with designers like Jasper Conran, Betty Jackson, Ben De Lisa and Marios Schwab all producing fabulous designs for the department store. This weekend you can make a saving on all those designs, so I have picked some of my current favourites to showcase here. Top buy? It has to be those gold Jenny Packham shoes that are available in many sizes for just £18 – a 70% saving.

Top Picks

Marios Schwab/EDITION Was £45.00 Now £36.00 click to visit Debenhams

No. 1 Jenny Packham Was £160.00 Now £128.00 click to visit Debenhams

 

Star by Julien Macdonald Was £55.00 Now £38.50 click to visit Debenhams

J by Jasper Conran Was £65.00 Now £45.50 click to visit Debenhams

No. 1 Jenny Packham Was £60.00 Now £18.00 click to visit Debenhams

Butterfly by Matthew Williamson Was £70.00 Now £49.00 click to visit Debenhams

Principles by Ben de Lisi Was £38.00 Now £30.40 click to visit Debenhams

H! by Henry Holland Was £30.00 Now £24.00 click to visit Debenhams

 

Betty Jackson.Black Was £55.00 Now £38.50 click to visit Debenhams

Principles by Ben de Lisi Was £40.00 Now £32.00 click to visit Debenhams