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I arrived in London on the red eye from New York at 0630hrs on Wednesday morning, and by 1035 I was sitting in a train carriage at Waterloo with Brig, who I took as my guest, en route to day two of the annual Royal Ascot race meeting.

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First port of call, as always, was under the fashion tree: Martha Ward’s (at top) temporary Ascot home where, each day, she interviews stylish guests about their outfits. (Martha is wearing Jonathan Simkhai and Stephen Jones, with J Crew heels.)

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For me the five days of the Royal Ascot race meeting are absolutely perfect – hats, frocks and horses in equal measure. (I can hear my friend Tania sighing as I write this – she’s most definitely ALL about the horses. Sorry, my dear!)

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I was dressed by my dear friend the designer Suzannah in her Wave dress, made in a stunning intense orangey red Italian double-crepe. The circular skirt is shaped up at the front and down at the back hem, and it has perfect half sleeves. With it I wore a navy Jane Taylor hat, navy patent LK Bennett Floret 3.5″ heels (the perfect Ascot shoe – I wear them every year, as your feet don’t hurt one little bit all day),

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MaxMara tortoiseshell sunglasses, Thomas Sabo pearl drop earrings, a studded Whistles bracelet, and Smythson of Bond Street’s lizard Soho notebook clutch in Charcoal, based on their original Soho diary.

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Brig wore a Gina Foster hat, Sophia Webster for J Crew heels, Celine sunspecs and clutch, and a navy Jigsaw dress, whose ravishing textural fabric she designed in collaboration with the William Morris archive. She is so clever: I have this dress too, and it’s one of my favourite pieces.

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We lunched in one of the pop-up restaurants in the Royal Enclosure, as guests of the racecourse, before winning (Brig) and losing (me) on the races.  Nazer (above & below) is in green Nanette Lepore, Sophia Webster heels, and a Rachel Trevor Morgan hat.

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Kara (below) in a dress by The Fold, and a Rachel Trevor Morgan hat.

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I’d like to say enormous thanks to, firstly, Ascot Racecourse and my friends at Goodley Bullen for hosting me and Brigitte, and secondly to Suzannah, LK Bennett, Jane Taylor Millinery and Smythson of Bond Street for helping me with my lovely outfit for the day.

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Do you not find that you sink into the grass in thin heels or is there a knack to it? The dress is FABULOUS. It looks like you had an amazing day!

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I think maybe there’s a knack! You do sink a cm or so, but the LKBs aren’t proper stilettos – I wore needle heels one year and never again. I was truly impaled in those. LLGxx

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I would call the color of that dress, “LLG’s Favorite Lipstick Red.” You look totally swell.

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Thank you! And yes, I definitely matched dress and lips this year LLGxx

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That Suzannah dress is stunning- I love the silhouette!

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It’s amazing how modern it feels right now: somehow super short and super tight just seems dated. And the silhouette is so flattering (I hope!) LLGxx

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Sasha you look incredible in that dress – red is your colour! x

Jasiminne / Posh, Broke, & Bored – Luxury lifestyle blog

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Thanks lovely! I would NEVER have picked a bright dress like that but it was Suzannah’s idea and I think it was genius! It’s a particularly wonderful shade of orange, which she calls flame. Actually, I think that shade would look rather lovely on you, no? LLGxx

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Your friend Suzannah is very talented, the dress looks fabulous and red really suits you. Did you win anything on the horses?

Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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She’s a dress genius! That dress is cut so beautifully, and it’s the perfect marriage of cut, colour and fabric. I won NOTHING on Wednesday – but Thursday was a different story! LLGxx

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Just chiming in on how marvellous that dress looks!

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