Hello-Hello, and welcome to a Wednesday, is is bright and beautiful here at the Prepatorium, we hope that is the case in your corner of the globe as well.
It’s one of our favorite events every year: Royal Ascot is underway on the far side of the pond and we get to look at some fun fashion and chapeaux. Below, the Queen arriving yesterday with Prince Philip.
We love this image of the Queen chatting with Ascot board members.
Prince Charles looked dapper, the Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla) is in the ensemble worn for Kate and William’s wedding, evidently channeling the “let’s recycle the clothing, shall we?” sentiment.
Also in attendance, Princess Beatrice (L) and her sister Princess Eugenie, far more understated than we have seen them of late.
Both young ladies looked very pretty, and rather elegant.
The overall atmosphere looks delightful, although this gentleman is clearly done in by the rigors of having to make betting choices whilst also enjoying a picnic.
And then there are those hats.
Most qualify as legitimate headwear.
Others, simply over the top. Below, hat designer Tracy Rose in one of her own creations.
It’s no secret yours truly adores her iPad, but this is rather silly.
The unfortunate proliferation of creations made purely (we’re not sure we should use that word here) for media attention is growing tedious. Below, a model wears a hat ‘created in honor of Royal Ascot’s 300th Anniversary.’
“I don’t mean to be sneery, but when was the last time you saw someone well-dressed at Royal Ascot or, indeed, at any horse-racing event?
What can you do when you are forced into an environment where your heels sink into the turf, the wind whips around your ankles and up into your petticoats, and there’s a silly rule about the wearing of headgear?
Ms. Gaudoin is the former editor of the paper’s Weekend magazine, she now resides in London and offers a different take on the event, including this point.
“The hats and outfits seen most often at Ascot are those put together by “day trippers” who compete to “outlandish” each other.”
Click here to read the entire piece, it’s a solid investment of time.
In a related note, this month’s Weekend has a number of splendid stories, including this one about the recently renovated Hôtel du Cap.
Women’s Wear Daily has the story:
The 1,700-square-foot suite features neutrals such as whites, beiges, charcoal gray and silver accented with the signature Tiffany blue.
Above, the foyer described in this portion of the story:
The foyer has a Tiffany-blue glass-beaded and silver-leafed handmade wall covering, while the entry console’s design is a subtle reference to one of Tiffany’s most iconic pieces, the engagement ring.
While your trusty scribe feels like she is writing about the Eloise suite at the Plaza, evidently there is some shared history between the two storied firms. Lisa Lockwood’s story explains:
“There’s a long history of the two brands [St. Regis and Tiffany] working together,” said a St. Regis spokeswoman. She said in 1991 John Loring, now design director emeritus of Tiffany & Co., designed a Tiffany suite at the St. Regis, which had more jewel tones (emeralds and sapphires), heavier woods and was more masculine in feeling.
With that we say g’bye, we are off to swipe TQM’s new iPad over lunch, we have offered to help set it up. (How frightening is that?!)
ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:
- Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters
- Chris Jackson/Getty Images