Fashion is nothing if not a spectator sport, but now that men’s collections are finished in London, the nation is focused on athletics of a different sort. Royal Ascot has just begun, Wimbledon starts Monday (running through July 12), Goodwood motor sport and horse-racing season is about to begin and the Henley Royal Regatta sails from July 1 to 5 — not to mention that cricket pitches across the country are dotted with white-clad sportsmen. But there’s always a fashion connection.
Ralph Lauren, official outfitter of the Wimbledon championships, has been dressing the on-court officials, ball kids, linesmen and umpires for a decade. To mark the anniversary, the designer, Boris Becker and British Vogue editor in chief Alexandra Shulman will host summer cocktails at the Kensington Palace Orangery in London on June 22. Cohosts include Billie Jean King, Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and the Countess of Mornington.
Swiss watch brand Longines is the official timekeeper and watch of Ascot and Royal Ascot, while Cartier will host an event at Goodwood House for the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 28. The jeweler will showcase a range of distinctive classic cars and host a competition around the theme, “Flat-Out and Fearless — Racing on the Edge.”