When Racing & Fashion Collide – Royal Ascot!
Fashion Reporter, Sian O’Donnell
With Royal Ascot this weekend, what better way to inspire than a collection designed by second year womenswear students from Central Saint Martins?!
One of the pinnacle dates of the summer diary – where outfits can be as outlandish, headwear overgrown and shoes towering more so than ever before over all the men in top and tails, beneficing from the best view of the racecourse (and champagne bar!) Yet year after year, a lot of women get it either monumentally wrong or stick to what they know and do not take full advantage of the variation that can be created with such enchanting surroundings.
With news the dress code is stricter this year in the Grandstand and Royal enclosure to include thicker straps, larger based hats and a ban on short, above knee dresses and halter neck styles, women need even more stimulation to get it bang on. Step forward the creative geniuses at CSM who each designed a piece, taking inspiration from the British tradition of horse racing, or more precisely, Royal Ascot; the emphasis being in the name. ‘When Racing and Fashion Collide’ is an exhibition currently open to the public at The Annexe on Brick Lane that runs until Monday 18th August.
With Mao Usami’s witchy creation of fine tailoring and colour silks worn by the jockeys, Ming Ma’s gorgeous red draping technique, Holly Willcocks’ medieval New Romantic infusion and Daisy Collingridge’s quilted creation, to name but a few, the vision is art felt and beautiful. The idea being, to take an element from one of the pieces for your own and to demonstrate the power you have in your choice, to ensure a day of utter fabulousness.
From one Great British institution to another – a dream made in style heaven.