One of the things I love about Suzannah’s eponymous boutique in Maida Vale, where I both had my dress made for the 2012 Oliviers, and spent a morning interviewing her on English style for Good Morning America over the Diamond Jubilee weekend, is that she doesn’t just sell dresses, but hats too.
It’s one of Suzannah’s USPs that she can style you a total look. To that end, she has cases of beautiful jewellery as well as stands of ravishing hats from the likes of Gina Foster and Emily (by milliner Emily Baxendale), as well as some of her own designs.
So, when I was trying on the irresistable hats, in between takes for ABC, and falling in love with several glorious Emily numbers, Suzannah very kindly offered to loan me them for my racing season.
So, on Sunday, at the Longines Prix de Diane at Chantilly, just outside Paris, I wore the first, this ravishing navy blue net and flower number.
I fine Emily’s hats to be incredibly flattering & very secure: there is a piece of elastic and a comb on the underside, and the hat stayed firmly attached to my head all day. Really they are just ineffably chic.
Here’s me and the esteemed journalist Mr Jonathan Thompson looking extremely pleased with ourselves, overlooking the Chantilly racecourse on Sunday afternoon (we had not yet lost any money at this point). Me in Erdem with Emily hat & Tom’s sunglasses, and Jonathan resplendent in Richard James.
And tomorrow I am off to Royal Ascot for Ladies Day with blossom growing out of my head:
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