For amusement value & in honour of Ladies Day here I am at Ascot, lurking around the Parade Ring in my role as a style reporter for the BBC a few years back.
I’ve appeared on television & radio as a style journalist for well over ten years now — on all manner of shows, from the BBC’s long-departed Liquid News to the Today programme and for three hilarious years I co-presented BBC Five Live’s fashion coverage from Ascot with comedian Kevin Day. (And will never again wear a Stephen Jones saucer hat without hatpins on a windy day when broadcasting live.)
Here I am in Diane von Furstenberg & a Philip Treacy hat. It was always tricky finding suitable hats to borrow because, if you look closely, you’ll see I am wearing headphones,so my hats always needed to be perched on the front of my head. Fortunately Mr Treacy believes in the front perching hat, so his beautiful saucers were usually the way forward.
The black cables snaking by my arm are from a Motorola pack, which was slung over my shoulder, so that I could hear what was happening in the studio. (We were broadcasting live all day and sometimes we never quite knew when they would be coming to us.) Somewhere to my left would be a nice radio tech with a huge backpack containing the transmitter, ariel & microphones which allowed us to roam the paddocks looking for stylish people and style victims to interview and mock
Although I could always choose to be dressed by a designer, I’m not a sample size, so I usually wore my own dresses. (Especially after the year I got stuck in a Betty Jackson sample in the Brower Lewis showroom when optimistically trying on options.)