Royal Ascot 2014: Opening Day in Suzannah, Edwina Ibbotson & LK Bennett

by Sasha Wilkins on June 19, 2014 · 18 comments

Sasha Wilkins Royal Ascot 2014

On Tuesday I headed to Royal Ascot, as a guest of the racecourse. I decided to wear Suzannah again this year, and she made me the most ravishing navy blue silk radzmir coat dress.

Sasha Wilkins Royal Ascot 2014

which she matched with a couture Edwina Ibbotson hat. (We added the coral decoration to tie in with my orange LK Bennett court shoes.) I carried a Moschino navy bag, and wore Gucci black sunglasses.

Sasha Wilkins Royal Ascot 2014

I popped into Blow Ltd first thing for a blow out upon which to sit my hat. Here I am in the cab on the way to Waterloo station.

Sasha Wilkins Royal Ascot 2014

I managed to leave the belt for my dress at The Savoy where I stayed the night before for a story, so had to divert my cab to pick it up – a huge thank you to the lovely Savoy butlers who arranged for it to be waiting at the entrance with just ten minute’s notice.

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We took the train, which is always entertaining: an entire station concourse filled with people in top hats and party frocks at 1030 in the morning.

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I took Brig as my guest this year – that’s her above on the far left in green Roland Mouret and a Gina Foster Jacinta hat (She also wore an Erdem black lace coat and Prada shoes).

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When we arrived we were rushed off to appear on Ascot TV, interviewed by always charming Martha Ward, who was in SS14 Michael Van Der Ham, with a Jane Taylor hat. Here’s Amanda Wakeley doing her stint

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And Brig.

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Television duties over, we headed off to find my friends with the Bollinger.

Naturally.

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Before heading to our box for lunch.

Royal Ascot 2014

Royal Ascot 2014

And to watch the Royal Procession from Windsor Great Park onto the racecourse. Last year I did the live commentary for Channel 4 with Clare Balding, so it was rather nice to kick back this year with a glass of Champagne and just watch the spectacle without worrying about identifying what each princess was wearing.

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Then it was down to the Royal Enclosure to watch the first race, the Queen Anne Stakes. We both lost.

Royal Ascot 2014

Sasha Wilkins Royal Ascot 2014

Ascot would not be Ascot without afternoon tea: delicious royalty-inspired cake action:

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Here’s Kara (left) in bespoke Harriet Gubbins and an epic Piers Atkinson hat. Nazer (right) is in Luisa Beccaria, with a Jane Taylor hat.

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Tea consumed, we headed back to the Royal Enclosure for more Bollinger bubbles with the boys.

Royal Ascot 2014

Royal Ascot 2014

And here’s beautiful Nazer again in her Luisa Beccaria dress

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These LK Bennett Floret Saffiano Patent Leather Point Toe Courts are absolutely the most comfortable shoes. Last year I wore a very pointy four inch needle sharp stiletto and my feet were crippled an hour or so in. I wore these all day and whilst I can’t pretend my feet weren’t screaming after eight hours standing, they were by far and away the best occasion shoes I have ever worn. (They also come in delectable blue, and pink and are currently in the sale for £135.)

Royal Ascot 2014

Thank you to Suzannah for my glorious dress, and to LK Bennett for the shoes, and to Edwina Ibbotson for the loan of yet another of her ravishing hats. I have a Blow Ltd Editor card, which allows me to have free blow dries.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Mel Kirk June 19, 2014 at 09:47

You look exquisite Sasha!!! I’m popping to see Nicholas to try and arrange a dress later. Wish me luck! xx

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Sasha Wilkins June 22, 2014 at 15:43

@Mel Kirk: ooh what did you end up with?! LLGxx

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tricia June 19, 2014 at 10:47

Your dress looks absolutely beautiful & so does the one your friend Brig is wearing – you both look gorgeous & very classy. It sounds as though you had the most wonderful day.

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Sasha Wilkins June 22, 2014 at 15:52

@tricia: Thank you Tricia! Yes, Brig looked phenomenal. I partic loved her Erdem coat LLGxx

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Lisa June 19, 2014 at 18:04

Completely love your outfit. Every last detail.

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Sasha Wilkins June 22, 2014 at 15:46

@Lisa: I was really chuffed that my stylist friend Chloe came to my fitting, because between her and Suzannah I think they knocked it out the ball park! It’s so difficult to see yourself clearly and I think it really helps having a friend on hand, however much one fancies oneself as a style expert! LLGxx

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Lu June 19, 2014 at 18:17

I love, love, love your outfit. I dream of a Suzannah dress! The last time I was home for an English summer we attended Royal Ascot and I paid for my dress and Royal Enclosure badge and drinks with my winnings! Loved the pictures of your day out too it has made my homesickness for Royal Ascot subside somewhat xxx

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Sasha Wilkins June 22, 2014 at 15:50

@Lu: Thank you very much Lu! I went again on Thursday and came home £7.50 down, even tho I won £50 on once race. I clearly don’t have your eye for a horse…sigh LLGxx

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annemarie June 20, 2014 at 13:21

“…so it was rather nice to kick back this year with a glass of Champagne and just watch the spectacle without worrying about identifying what each princess was wearing”– oh what a life of hardship you lead!

You look beautiful x

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Sasha Wilkins June 22, 2014 at 13:45

@annemarie: hehe upon re-reading it, I realise that did come across as insufferably smug, but as I know you’ve been reading me for years, I do hope you read that sentence with the raised eyebrow with which I wrote it!

And thank you. That dress made me feel like the best possible version of myself.

LLGxx

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KittNoir June 20, 2014 at 16:59

Wonderful look! Especially love the shoes and shades x

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Sasha Wilkins June 22, 2014 at 14:54

@KittNoir: Thank you! The sunglasses were my mother’s from years ago, and I was very fortunate that she gave them to me! LLGxx

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Angie June 21, 2014 at 08:21

What a fabulous outfit Sasha!

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Sasha Wilkins June 22, 2014 at 10:16

@Angie: Thanks Angie! LLGxx

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Shade of Red Blog June 22, 2014 at 11:04

I love your post, so much prettiness! I was in Ascot too yesterday, and wrote a post about it. Not as exquisite as yours, surely!
http://shadeofredblog.com

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Sasha Wilkins June 22, 2014 at 14:16

@Shade of Red Blog: oh thank you for letting me know – I’ll go over to take a look! LLGxx

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Clare B June 24, 2014 at 21:16

I love all your replies Sasha – like you at Ascot – poised and beautiful.

We unfortunately picked that day to show Windsor to some visiting American friends having completely forgotten Ascot was on. Epic fail! Cue sitting in a traffic jam around Ascot for an hour, however I did get a fabulous view of all the outfits as everyone headed in! Plus, we accidentally drove up a side road to try and divert from the chaos and nearly got ran off the road by the Queens car making its way to the racecourse so at least it was interesting!

xx

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