And now for the main event – The St Stephens style marquee kicked off at 11:40am with a bang. Models graced the stage firstly in ladies-day ready outfits from Next and Lipsy. The seats where flocked from race-goers and the champagne was already flowing. With the show being streamed live on a screen throughout the racecourse everyone could enjoy it even when not in the marquee.
Next &Lipsy –
Starting with Lipsy London’s amazing formal-wear range definitely caught people’s attention from the start. They had no many amazing gowns to chose from but my absolute favourite had to be the maroon lace bodycon dress; absolutely perfect for the races or any formal event. Mens formalwear in Next was also on full form, straying away from the typical blues and blacks one model wore a tweed 3-piece suit and another rocking a camel coloured blazer and matching trousers. The sharp white shirts set off each look perfectly and drew attention to the unique pieces.
As for the 2 outfits from Next women’s the focal point was definitely prints of the season. With autumn/winter already coming into retailers colours such as mustard and khaki are making an appearance and are very prominent in Next at the minute.
USC & Select –
Moving onto USC menswear and Select prints of the season same into full play with Noel Gallaghers ‘Pretty Green’ range. The multi-coloured paisley shirt and union jack t-shirt shouted summer with the vibrant colours. Select also showed out with their prints and statement colours. My favourite look had to be the pink bomber and white high waisted jeans, but that is probably just because it suits my personal style. However other pieces were equally as eye-catching such as the daisy print playsuit paired with a bright yellow high neck top. The yellow contrasted against the monochrome perfectly, adding a pop of colour. Textures also got played around with a lot in Select with a choice of leather-look leggings from the T.O.W.I.E range.
Whilst styling outfits in the weeks leading up the shows I was pleasantly surprised by the choice in Tesco’s F&F range. Their evening wear was spectacular and definately ladies-day ready with their 60’s inspired floral a-line dress. One trend I have been loving this season has to be culottes, so when I saw denim ones I knew they would be a favourite of mine. One model also wore a monochrome striped culotte jumpsuit whereas another wore my absolute favourite piece – a rust wide-leg jumpsuit. I love the fact trousers aren’t only skinny or straight and nothing makes a statement more than wide-leg trousers.
Although menswear was considerably harder to style and lacking in the formal range, they did have an amazing array of patterned shirts and bright coloured shorts perfect for the summer weather we are currently experiencing in the UK!
Moving onto another retailer I would usually just walk straight by – Dorothy Perkins wowed with their new-in autumn/winter collections and summer prints. Browns, oranges and camel colours are starting to once again pop up along with some amazing 70’s geometric prints in the new collections. I am always a lover of two-pieces so I instantly fell in love with the electric blue matching bomber and trousers. The orange and black detailing was so eye-catching and reminded me of something I would perhaps find in Zara. The range from DP was perfect for accessorising with some elaborate fascinators from What-A-Hat, adding a ladies-day edge to the casual outfits.
Now onto my all time favourite high-street shop, New Look. Basically half of my wardrobe is filled with garments from New Look as they are always so affordable, on trend and versatile. With so many different styles available in store everyone is covered! My absolute favourite outfit of the whole day was featured in the New Look segment (no surprise there). The mesh a-line midi-skirt and striped bardot top looked so glamorous and girly I fell instantly in love with it. The 50’s will always without a doubt be my favourite era for fashion, why can’t we all wear outfits like this everyday?! The fact the skirt was also mesh added so much more the outfit, mixing unusual textures can either go wrong or right and I don’t think this could have been more right! The whole outfit was accessorised so well and I could ramble on all day about this outfit, but I won’t.
Moving onto the mens it is easy to see the prominent colours this season are definitely khakis and neutral shades. Although lacking in evening wear New Look mens is perfect for affordable, casual and trendy pieces when you just don’t want to pay Topman prices.
It seems this season peacocks has adopted a very bohemian vibe. Aztec prints, oranges and purples and fringing are just some of the details many of Peacocks garments adopted. Their accessories were amazing, I loved the feathered necklaces and headscarfs that I have rarely seen in any other retailers this year! As much as I loved the print jumpsuit and striped high-waist trousers the mens formal-wear range was definitely the star of the show. Navy blue suit sets with shorts instead of trousers are the perfect way to attend any formal event in summer! With slight prints giving each suit a different edge from any other retailer for an absolute fraction of the price!
One of my favourite shows of the day was definitely River Island. Although it is a shop I love I rarely buy anything from there as it doesn’t really fit in with my casual every-day style and caters more to people who just love to be glamorous. The prints available in River Island are enough to add a little bit more to any outfit. An amazing embellished/fringed blazer was definitely a favourite amongst people in the crowd and backstage. One of my personal favourite outfits was a male piece with a floral short sleeved shirt paired with a pair of cream chinos and loafers. I would go for skinnies over chino’s any day of the week but this outfit just absolutely worked to well! The neutral toned colours complimented each other so well and looked amazing. Camo print has also been massive this season along with distressed denim and River Island definitely took that into account with their SS16 collection which has followed through into there newer Autumn/Winter collections.
Topshop & Topman
Finishing off the show with a bang the models stood on the stage for a last time in head-to-toe Topshop/Topman with a full tent admiring the amazing outfits. Although I am usually completely against wearing anything low-waist with a crop top the Ivy Park bralette and ankle-grazer badge jeans looked amazing! As also seen in retailers such as River Island and Zara embroidery and printing on denim is going to be such a big trend for the remainder of this year. The sunglasses available in Topshop at the moment are the absolute best on the high-street, straying away from the basic aviators and going for some extremely out there cat-eyes and metallic statement glasses! One outfit I am still contemplating buying is the silver metallic slip dress with a bright green reversible silk bomber over the top. The look was almost futuristic and the different colours and textures worked so well together. As for males Topman is always so solid in every aspect. From a statement monochrome daisy-print shirt to a basic suit with a turtle-neck jumper there is absolutely no room for complaints when each outfit looked so fresh and put-together.
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