RIDING IN STYLE: A host of British fashion labels have created bespoke silks for the amateur jockeys taking part in the annual Magnolia Cup Ladies’ Race during Qatar Goodwood Festival, which will take place from July 26 to 30.
Vivienne Westwood, Amanda Wakeley, Beulah, Jasmine Guinness, Kate Halfpenny and British online retailer ME+EM, whose pieces are often worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, are among the labels taking part.
Each label has incorporated its signature aesthetic onto the silks — the Vivienne Westwood one features bright turquoise and contrasting floral patterns; ME+EM used classic Breton stripes, and Amanda Wakeley used a soft, feminine palette and graphic prints.
Following some of the British men’s wear designers, who presented their spring 2017 collections in London earlier this month, Jasmine Guinness using her design to make a statement about the upcoming European Union referendum, incorporating the European flag onto the silk. (The race will take place more than one month after the June 23 referendum.)
The riders, who will be wearing the bespoke designs as they race for charity, include Shadi Halliwell, creative director of Harvey Nichols; BBC presenter Alexis Green, and Charlotte Hogg, chief operating officer of the Bank of England.
Taking place as part of the festival’s Ladies’ Day on July 28, the race is expected to raise more than 1.2 million pounds, or $1.7 million.