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Kentucky Oaks: All about the Pink
Ladies we are less than two weeks away from the biggest Ladies’ Day at the Races in the United States. The Kentucky Oaks has grown substantially not only in attendance but in popularity and recognition. This is the race day for the girls and it can’t be missed with the sea of pinks that it showcases!
Longines is the title partner of the Longines Kentucky Oaks. ” The first running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks was on May 19, 1875 when Churchill Downs was known as the Louisville Jockey Club. The race was founded by Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. along with the Kentucky Derby. The Oaks and the Derby are the oldest continuously contested sporting events in history, and the only horse races to be held at their original site since its conception. The Longines Kentucky Oaks was modeled after the British Epsom Oaks.
The Longines Kentucky Oaks is considered by some to be among the most popular horse races in American horse-racing society due to its high attendance. It attracts about 100,000 people in attendance a year.” (From http://www.kentuckyderby.com/kentucky-oaks)
However, you have clicked on The Style Section, why don’t we focus on the style on the day??
If you haven’t been to the Longines Kentucky Oaks-you are sure missing out. The most important thing you need to know can be said in one word: PINK!
Oaks Day is ALL ABOUT THE PINK. Pink in your outfit, on the horses, in the drink in your hand…PINK PINK PINK! This is definitely the day to bring that girliness that for some may be deep down hidden, but we know you’re able to pull it out just for this particular Friday!
There’s so many different ways to rock pink for this raceday. You can choose a dainty pink lace dress paired with simple accessories and a great medium brimmed hat.
Not into the all too feminine look? Choose a fun modern pink print instead. Pair with a stand out shoe and cute clutch. This type of outfit would be perfect with a standout fascinator instead of the brimmed piece.
All pink too much? Try color blocking! A pink shirt with a bright yellow colored skirt is a great combination. Pink and orange, pink and turquoise, or even pink and green can be great color combinations for the day. You’ll be stand out in these combo’s yet still feminine and elegant.
If you’re looking for a more subtle combination, try Pink paired with either white, black, or a nude tone. Bri Mott’s says “If you choose the Pink and Black combination, make sure its more on the pink side. Oaks and Derby are all about color and femininity. Save the black heavy outfits for Preakness or Belmont.”
If you want to really step it up fashion wise and show off a bit to the crowd…do this through your shoes. A fantastic pair of pink shoes is just the extra something to set your outfit apart from the rest. Pink shoes aren’t all over stores and aren’t frequently worn in your everyday life. This is the day to purchase and showcase them!
Lastly, finish your outfit off with some great jewelry. Pink bracelets, and statement necklaces are a great tie in to your Oaks outfit. The best tie in is a great Longines Watch. Our favorite for the day is the Longines DolceVita. Gorgeous stainless steel finished with a light pink face…um yes please!
Don’t forget Longines will once again select the Most Elegant Woman at the Longines Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest which celebrates elegant Derby style. The winner of the Longines Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest will also be awarded a Conquest Classic timepiece.
This is enough reason to put thought into your Oaks outfit!
Stay tuned for all the inside info on these competitions.
Audrina Patridge in the Triple Crown Trends
Fashion at the Races was requested again by NBC’s LXTV 1st Look to dress their host for the Triple Crown. Audrina Patridge, famous first from the reality show The Hills, has become the new host after ex-Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky left LXTV and went to E! News to be the beauty consultant.
Audrina Patridge who projects a wild rocker side with her leather boots, multiple earrings, and thumb rings was so much fun to dress in the #TripleCrownTrends. Each outfit completely different than the last, Audrina learned about the styles of the race track and what racing fashion is all about.
For Derby we dressed Audrina in a red and white floral dress with the traditional big brimmed Derby Hat. The hat was designed one-of-a-kind by CrowningLori Hats (which you could WIN on our website!). Lipstick red with sequin details, the hat is a stand out just as much as the young lady wearing it!
Preakness is definitely Audrina’s raceday. We dressed her in a KACHEL modern printed dress with an A-line skirt. Since the race day is all about the party, we keep the millinery light and simple. We went with the amazing “Black Widow” by Lisa Tan Millinery. A light and airy piece that sits on the head and doesn’t mess up the hair. Looking to dance? This dress is the best to get your twirl on and the hat won’t get in your way either! Cheer on your horse and lets party!!
Lastly we channel New York for the Belmont Stakes. The monochrome from the city is brought into Audrina’s race wear. We chose a Karen Millen dress that is flattering to any body type with black panels down the side and a floral print front and back. Rather than JUST black and white, we added a little bit of lavender color to set her apart from the crowd. We matched this dress with a beautiful Sophie Hunter fascinator. Best showcased with the hair up, we put Audrina’s hair in a low bun.
The Triple Crown brings the best horses, best atmospheres, and of course the best racing fashion that the United States has to offer. It’s important that you know the #TripleCrownTrends before heading to the track. From the first leg, the Kentucky Derby, to the last in New York City, the Belmont Stakes, these are the races to see and be seen. Audrina Patridge will be turning heads at each race and we may take a little bit of the credit
Stay tuned for the NBC 1st Look episode featuring Bri Mott dressing Audrina Patridge for the Triple Crown! It will air the night of the Kentucky Derby after Saturday Night Live!!
Dubai World Cup Fashion 2014
What a fantastic day (and night) of racing! The 2014 Dubai World Cup brought the best of the best from all over the world. No we aren’t talking about the horses, we are talking fashion! Irish Millinery, Australian Designers, Kate Middleton inspired pieces and of course some of the best fashions in the UAE. This was a fantastic day full of beautiful hats, fabulous dresses and stunning shoes and they were all showcased at the classy Jaguar Style Stakes.
All the way down the western side of the enormous Meydan Racecourse, the Jaguar Style Stakes set up a fantastic ‘fashion arena’ where stylish ladies and gents could rest their feet on the patent white leather couches and enjoy a cocktail while watching the races. Jaguars were showcased in each corner of area pointing to the main event: the fashion stage.
With a competition gearing toward the hat, best dressed male, best dressed couple, and the grande finale of the best dressed lady, people not only lined up to compete but also to enjoy from the sidelines.
From outrageously big hats to small artistic pieces, ladies brought their most stylish millinery to the track for the chance to win spa packages and more. From ‘Most Creative Hat’ to ‘Best Hat’ each hat had a chance to take home the prizes. Large peacock pieces competed with couture modern art pieces. Most creative went to a floral inspired piece and Best Hat went to a fun (almost Dr. Suess inspired) headpiece. (See our Millinery Section for these photos)
The Best Dressed Couples brought their A-Game as well. Included “fake proposals” and kisses and of course a few twirls to win the hearts of the judges. What won, however, is just the fashion itself. Incorporating the beautiful red color from the lady’s rose millinery in the gentleman’s pocket square and printed dress shirt, this couple screamed stylish couture in such a chic way!
The Best Dressed Male provided the crowd with the most entertainment. Dances, winks, blowing kisses and more. Anything goes with these stylish (and ambitious) guys! The one who took the cake was in an Ascot inspired Top hat, three piece light grey and black suit with white button accents. Oh and white shoe laces on black dress shoes. Seriously! He not only worked the judges, he worked the crowd as well! Well done sir!
The finale was the Jaguar Style Stakes’ Best Dressed Lady. Over 300 well dressed ladies walked the stage for their chance at the big prize of the lipstick red convertible Jaguar! Big smiles, fancy poses, and confidence in their walks, these ladies strut the stage with a stylish vengeance.
The judges had a tough job of narrowing it down to only 20 ladies for the finale. These 20 ladies in an array of colors, dresses, shoes, and of course millinery. From these 20 ladies, Longines picked their Most Elegant Lady and Jaguar needed to pick the runner up as well as THE BEST DRESSED LADY! Longines chose a gorgeous young lady in a simple mint green A-line dress with black shoes and a black Kate Middleton type hat.
Jaguar’s Best Dressed Lady Runner Up went to an Australian but UAE Resident dressed in a royal blue dress complimented by Kim Fletcher Millinery with pink accents. The Best Dressed Lady title was awarded to a printed dress in natural colors with a white color accent. Subtle nude shoes were offset with a statement hat with a ton of different natural colored feathers on a light cream base. This young lady took home to Red Convertible Jaguar for a whole year! Jealous??
All the ladies were winners as we know how tough it is to get up on that stage. Fashion at the Races’ own Bri Mott entered the Best Dressed Lady Competition and according to her she “shook like a leaf!” Wearing a dress from Asos.com, millinery from Boring Sidney Hats, and shoes from BCBGMaxazria. Being in front of not only five powerful judges, media with camera’s snapping, but hundreds of people watching your every move?! Well its nerve racking! All ladies that walked up those stairs and showcased their stylish racewear are winners in our eyes! BRAVO GIRLS!
Even the ladies who didn’t enter the competition were top notch on this race day. Looking around at all of the racewear on the day is so inspiring to what women can do with just a little work and time. The different styles of each lady shows how fashion can showcase your personality in such a wonderful light. Even better, at the races you have one more facet you can use to showcase your personality. Whats that? Your millinery of course! And trust us….the DWC2014 brought out all different kinds of personalities through their millinery!
All in all this was a fantastic day of racing and racing fashion. Not sure that any other race day can top this one! But maybe we spoke to soon?? Here we come Kentucky Derby! Melbourne Spring Carnival! Breeders Cup! Royal Ascot! There’s O so many!! Let the racing fashion day dreaming begin **
To see all the fashion goodies check out our photo gallery!
Jaguar Style Stakes: Are You Ready?
The Dubai World Cup, at the end of March each year, is one of the most prestigious race days in the world! Few can compete with the scenery and excitement that the Dubai Racing Club offers at the Meydan Racecourse.
If all you’ve experienced is night racing at Moonee Valley or Churchill Downs…get ready for this night to blow your mind!
Surrounded by everything that screams elegance and style, from Land Rovers to Longines Watch Co., this race course brings out only the best for its biggest day of the Dubai World Cup Carnival. White linens covering the tables of the private suites, golden couches in the common areas and the views from the surrounding windows showing the gorgeous Meydan Racetrack on one side, and the entire Dubai Skyline on the other.
If the fantastic racing isn’t enough, “Jaguar is once again playing host to the highly anticipated fashion competition.” Along with our friends at Longines Watch Co., Jaguar looks to find the Best Dressed and the Most Elegant Lady. Offering additional categories such as Best Dressed Man, Best Dressed Couple, Best Hat, and the Most Creative Hat, this competition is sure to bring out the most stylish ladies and gents in the UAE and from all over the world!
This year, Jaguar has picked a new panel of judges, giving the competition the credibility it truly deserves. “Renowned television personality, makeup artist and Max Factor Regional Creative Director Joelle Mardinian” joins “internationally acclaimed fashion designer and stylist AlAnoud Badr, alongside Miss World Runner-Up 2012 Jessica Kahawaty and finally Marketing Manager Nicola Gibson who represents title sponsor Jaguar. ” This line up of judges shows how seriously the competition is taken not only by the men and women involved but also by the press and media that cover the event.
‘Commenting on the competition’s sponsorship by Jaguar, Hannah Naji, Marketing Director, says” Combining power with style is the forefront of Jaguar’s leading automotive technology, and the Jaguar Style Stakes is an ideal platform to engage with our audience and bring these values to life…Fashion has always been an integral part of why people love coming to the races and we hope to make this a day to remember.”
The Best Dressed Lady (UAE resident only) will be awarded a brand-new Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible for a whole year. The Longines Most Elegant Lady will of course walk away with a beautiful watch on their wrist. Besides these advertised prizes…. bragging rights of course!
Online registration has closed but there is still room to register on the day between 2:00 and 3:45 pm. The event begins at 4:00pm and continues until 7:30pm. Three full hours of fashionable fun!!
Our own Bri Mott will be entering the competition! In a dress that cost $33 from the clearance section of Asos.com, gorgeous silver shoes from BCBGMaxazria, budgeting accessories and millinery from Boring Sidney hats…she is excited to be a part of the Jaguar Style Stakes and strut her stuff on the international stage! (Hopefully with no trips!)
Stay tuned for pictures of the outfit on our twitter and facebook accounts!
The Biggest International Stage Fashionista’s have Ever Seen!
Jaguar Style Stakes
From the Dubai World Cup Website:
Jaguar is proud to be associated once again with the Style Stakes competition at the 2014 Dubai World Cup. The Jaguar Style Stakes, a must for any self-respecting fashionista, is one of the region’s most hotly anticipated events for fashion trend setters, with the winner securing a 2014 Jaguar F-Type for a year.
The judging panel brings expertise from Dubai’s Fashion and Media industry, Alanoud Badr (Fashion Designer, Consultant & Stylist), Jessica Kahawaty (Miss World Runner Up 2012), Joelle Mardinian (TV Presenter & Beauty Expert) and Nicola Gibson (Jaguar MENA Marketing Manager).
The Jaguar Style Stakes judges will critique some of UAE’s most stylish men and women competing for a place in the below categories:
• Best Dressed Lady • Best Dressed Man • Best Dressed Couple • Best Hat • Most Creative Hat • Longines Most Elegant Lady
This year the Best Hat and Most Creative Hat categories will be judged side by side at the same time, bringing to the stage an exciting line up of colourful millinery. The judges will once again be looking for original pieces displaying distant creativity and attention to detail in each head piece.
Longines Most Elegant Lady will be exclusively handpicked from the impressive lineup within the Best Dressed Lady category, by our Longines judge. The winner will be presented with a Longines Conquest Classic watch. The watch has a diameter of 29.5 mm, featuring 12 diamonds on a mother of pearl dial and 30 diamonds embedded in the watch casing. The stakes will be higher than ever within this category.
Entrants will get a chance to register online in advance, saving time on the day. Limited entries will be available for advance registration. On the day, registration will be available between 2:00pm and 3:50pm on Level 1 – Gate A, Gate C, Gate D and the Jaguar Style Stakes arena, with the competition starting at 4:35pm in the Jaguar Style Stakes Arena in Apron Views.
Please click on the link below to access the Pre-Registration Entry Form:
Registration forms will be available on Dubai World Cup day (March 29, 2014) from all Jaguar Style Stakes registration desks located on Level 1 – Concourses at Gates A, C, D and at the Jaguar Style Stakes Arena. All entrants must be 21 years of age or above to enter. The winners must be over 25 years of age and UAE residents to qualify for the Jaguar F-Type prize.
Jaguar Style Stakes Schedule:
|4:35pm||Best Hat / Most Creative Hat|
|5:00pm||Best Dressed Man|
|5:25pm||Best Dressed Couple|
|6:05pm||Longines Most Elegant Lady|
|6:05pm||Best Dressed Lady|
All participants must be present at the Jaguar Style Stakes Arena, 15 minutes prior to their registered category.
Judges will be on the lookout for style, originality, attention to detail, as well as appropriateness of the outfit for the race day. Below are useful tips from internationally renowned stylist, Mandi Kingsbury on what the judges are looking for:
• Hats/fascinators are essential for ladies • Style and originality • Grooming and deportment • Coordination of ensemble • Enjoy the invigorating colour palette of Spring: Coral, Lime Green, Summer Blues • Elegant close toe heels or sandals • Dramatic clutches are a must-have but should not be too heavy or Chanel inspired bags to sling around your neck • Statement necklaces with a simple dress, if you are brave enough to carry it
Below are useful tips indicating what the judges are looking for and what is considered inappropriate:
• Bare heads (hat or fascinator is essential) • Revealing attire (i.e. miniskirts/dresses, plunging necklines, bare midriff, or clothing made of see-through materials, visible underwear) • Evening gowns • Arriving late • Sunglasses on stage • Jeans or trainers • Clothing that resembles nightclub wear • Under 21 years of age – all entrants must be at least 21 or older
Why wouldn’t you enter ladies and gents? This is a perfect opportunity to show off your fabulous outfit and have a fabulous time at a fabulous race day?? (Enough fabulouses??)
Stay tuned for more!!
CHELTENHAM RACING FESTIVAL
England and its racing fraternity gather at Cheltenham each March of every year for one of the premier racing carnivals outside of Royal Ascot.
The carnival is a magnificent tradition and houses 4 days of thrilling racing where there is always money to be made. A great place to do that too is at William Hill. They put up some amazing specials throughout out the carnival so don’t be afraid to take a look at the Cheltenham festival betting offers – William Hill.
But if we are being honest and let’s face it, we are ‘Fashion at the Races’ this year, much too absolute squeals of delight around our office was the inclusion for the first time of the “Fashion Zone Live”
Set up to celebrate the best of male and female fashions throughout the week.
Based in a circular marquee in the tented village, it will include a catwalk with models, a Champagne bar and live jazz music. Now doesn’t that just make you want to dress up to the nines and have a fabulous time?!
Featuring fashion shows throughout the week, it has been designed as the go-to place for snappily-clad females on Ladies’ Day.
The idea comes courtesy of the Jockey Club’s new regional head of marketing Matthew Foxton-Duffy, who will be putting his stamp on this year’s festival, who is the son of a racehorse trainer and the grandson of a bookie.
A great part of Cheltenham festival has always been the amazing dresses on show on Ladies Day and throughout the whole week, as it is at other amazing premier carnivals around the world.
The Fashion Zone will be open throughout the week with models strutting down the catwalk promoting the very latest fashions. Later on each day there will be music from the prestigious Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. Creating an amazing atmosphere to compliment that already created by having world class racing going on outside.
On ladies day, when the female racegoers, traditionally dressed to the nines, enter the area, they were snapped and a select few were invited to walk the catwalk as part of the annual best dressed competition. Such an exciting opportunity as well as a reward and recognition to the ladies who really love to attend the track and look absolutely stunning, which we must argue now, is becoming a big draw card for a lot of the eager single males attending the races these days.
Stay tuned for a follow up with some of the fabulous fashion!
The Ms. Racing Queen Pageant is back!
In 2013, the Stronach Group decided to do something completely different and hold a ‘pageant’ searching for one young lady to represent the racing industry for a year. With over 100 contestants from California to Florida, young ladies competed for their chance at the Title which also awarded them $100,000! After such a successful year for the 2013 Ms. Racing Queen, Tatiana Schoeppler, The Stronach group has decided to go forward and hold the competition for a second year. We first met Tatiana Schoeppler at the Preakness Stakes. She was a breath of fresh air to the races, as a new comer yet also an obvious fan; she championed the importance of gaining new fans to racing by showing them how much fun it can be!
Fashion at the Races began dressing Ms. Racing Queen for her big race days and press opportunities. In June of last year, we were so excited to have her as our Cover girl of the 2014 Fashion at the Races Calendar. A gorgeous day at Lane’s End Farm brought Tatiana and the other Queen of Racing, Zenyatta together for the first time. With Z’s 2013 colt running around half the time, and chewing on Tatiana’s dress the other half, it was a wonderful and fun experience for all involved.
To incorporate the importance of race day fashion into the competition, the Ms. Racing Queen pageant has a Derby Wear Category where each girl struts their stuff in their race day fashion for the famous Run for the Roses.
Fashion at the Races’ own Bri Mott has been asked to judge the competition this year and we cannot think of anyone better qualified to judge this category??
The Kentucky Derby is known for its mint juleps, southern hospitality, and fashion of course! When people think Derby, they think big hats! So of course there is a bit of focus on the adornment upon your head but we will save this focus for last.
Wear an outfit that compliments your frame in a feminine way. Nothing to tight and nothing too loose. Short skirts and dresses should be left at home as they have no place at the races, especially on such as tradition driven day. Skirt lengths should be just above knee (2-3inches but no more) or below, such as a tea cup length. (To learn more about Tea Cup lengths keep reading after this article!) In our eyes, Maxi dresses are not proper for the Derby. They have more of a West Coast vibe about them but also in the crowds at Derby, they will be stepped on and ruined, if you don’t trip on them first.
Lace, florals, and pastels are three trends to aim for. You should be your most feminine self and any one of these will help execute that. Leave the dark colors for fall and the black for the Belmont Stakes. Feel free to mix colors throughout your outfit your with accessories and shoes. Last and most importantly: Your Derby Hat. Your millinery or headpiece is what brings the whole outfit together. Most frequently seen at the KY Derby are the bigger brimmed pieces; however, bigger is NOT always better. Especially in this competition! If you walk that stage with a huge brimmed piece that hides half of your face, you aren’t doing yourself any justice. You would do much better to pick a medium or smaller brimmed piece, or even a ‘Hatinator.’ A Hatinator is a cross between a fascinator and a hat. These types of pieces are perfect for any race day and you can find one that fits your style perfectly! Also, don’t overdo it with trimmings, or the flowers/feathers etc. that are on your hat. Keep it chic and simple! It’s not a hat competition, it’s a head to toe competition and you want to carry your hat and your fashion with a smile and a good deal of confidence!
If you are new to the concept of purchasing millinery, don’t fall from the idea that the pricier it is, the better it is, because sometimes this couldn’t be further from the truth. One of the great things about Fashion at the Races’ Estore is we offer all different styles at all different prices. Take a look to find something in your budget as well as what best fits your style!
If you haven’t found anything, drop us a line and let us do the finding for you!! The races are a place to have fun and look great. That’s what this category is all about in the competition. Be sure to remember that as you look for your winning millinery piece as well as the rest of the outfit. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and twitter for the latest and greatest of all things horse racing fun and fashion!
Tea Cup Anyone??
Although the races has a sort of elegance as a proper ‘Tea Party,’ this is not why we are referencing the length of dress or skirt as a Tea Cup. It truly has nothing to do with a Tea Party or the Races for that matter. A Tea Cup Skirt is a length that falls below your knee into your calf area. Some would say it’s the in-between of a midi and a maxi. However, we say it’s virtually the same as a midi (as we hate anything maxi for proper racewear). This is the perfect length for any raceday as well as a trend for Spring 2014. Its more elegant than a skirt that drops to your knee and of course the mini skirt (which as a reminder should never be worn at the races). Whether it be in pencil form or a free flowing full skirt, this is the length to try out. It looks fabulous both in a dress or skirt form. If in a skirt, opt for a high waist fit which will elongate your body making you look slimmer and taller. On the shorter side? Pair it with a pair of nude heels… this will elongate you even more. Lady like yet still modern-exactly what racewear should be. ShopBop: http://www.shopbop.com/clothing-dresses-midi/br/v=1/2534374302204904.htm?baseIndex=0
Check out our Kentucky Derby Fashion advice on WHAS11 ABC in Louisville!
5 Quick Tips on Dressing for the Races
Be comfortable-no one looks good in “someone else’s” clothes or shoes
Leave the night club dress at home. Think classic and feminine when putting together you race outfit
Wear headwear! Hats and Fascinators are very fashionable and take any outfit from pretty to STUNNING!
Dress for the weather–if it’s hot– don’t risk “pitting out”–chilly? Wear stockings or a shawl/sweater.
Lastly, SMILE. Too many times girls are too busy giving the b**** look to each other–and it’s never flattering.
Shine your shoes before you arrive. Girls do pay attention to this. (Obviously NO SNEAKERS)
Tie your tie or bowtie correctly–need help? Check out this link: http://www.tie-a-tie.net/
Make sure your suit fits. It’s so easy to recognize when your suit isn’t fitted. Spend the extra and Get R Done!
Sunglasses…great for outside…UNNECCESARY INSIDE. Take them off or look like the tool—your choice
Smell good (PLEASE!) We are all attracted to good smells…don’t find yourself in the other category.