The 9th Annual Deighton Cup at the Hastings Racecourse on July 22nd kicked off in a very wet coast fashion. This didn’t dampen the spirits of the hundreds of ladies and gentlemen who stepped out in their derby finery to see and be seen while taking in the action on the tracks.
There was good reason to not let a little rain ruin one’s outfit plans – everyone was vying for the Style Stakes Best Dressed Awards. A celebrity judging panel, as well as the public, were on the lookout for the most stylish in the crowd. We loved checking out everyone’s interpretation on the occasion, and have compiled a list of some of our favourite looks:
1. Flower Power
This sister duo delivers a one-two punch with their fabulous headpieces and elegant frocks.
2. Organically Grown
How whimsical and unique is this wearable flower pot, handmade and perched ever-so-delicately on the head.
3. Rock n’ Rolla
This was an edgier, rocker take on derby style, with the flaming falcon “tattoo” emblazoned on the hat, embellished with tassels, rosebuds, and sequins.
4. Rites of Spring
This ensemble was a classic vintage celebration of breezy spring freshness, with quirky cute touches.
5. Horsing Around
This gentleman went all the way with the derby theme and then some.
6. Crown Jewels
This group of friends was resplendent in the complementary streamlined silhouettes and vibrant jewel tones.
7. Circular Concept
A staple in the fashion scene, this duo always stands out in high style.
8. Take My Breath Away
Baby’s breath may be a common embellishment at weddings and proms, but at the racetrack it looks fresh and elegant.
9. Simple Elegance
Fascinators were definitely the head ornament of choice this year. This lady’s take on it was elegantly simple.
10. Boys Gone Wild
Suits by Opposuits were also popular with the crowd, for obvious reasons with their riotous colours and prints.
This year I decided to go DIY and make my very first wreath. I’m not crafty with my hands at all, so I knew this could turn out to be a total disaster. I’m happy to report that a simple wreath is relatively easy and quick to make, and quite forgiving for beginners. All you need is florist wire and tape, and your greenery. It’s also stays put comfortably on your head and keeps you freshly fragrant all day.