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Aintree Grand National Ladies Day, Runners and Riders
Fri, 12 Apr 2024 11:18:00 +0000

Good news for race goers that, unike Royal Ascot, there is no official dress code at Antree so gals can go for high fashion and furlong winning style, the more colourful dresses and flamboyant hats the better which is why its known as 'Fabulous Friday'. Looks like lots of high thigh slit sleek body hugging dresses and huge flower petal design hats are winning the day. The Iris inspired dark blue and yellow outfit was stunning. Also noticed the cute Black and white spot mini dress worn with a huge brim matching hat and a flora and fauna pink blossom print trouser suit teamed with a simple fascinator and butterfly design leather bag. . Meanwhile the guys can tone it down with suits or smart, trousers, shirt, waistcoat and tie ...or traditional equestrian style tweed jacket and (Peaky Blinders style) flat cap......or not.

Ladies Day is held on a Friday, the second day of the Grand National. An exciting day, attended by the 'hoi palloi', celebrities, fashionistas and sporting icons. Watch out for famous faces amongst the 45,000 crowd. I'll be watching the drama unfold on TV. Hold on to your hats looks like a breezy day ahead. Good luck to all the runners and riders, stay safe.
"Grand National Ladies Day 2024 is expected to see both attendance and anticipation levels ramping up from the opening day, with high calibre races to bet on in a party atmosphere. The top-class racing starts at 1.40pm, and includes seven races, as attention is shared with off the track activities like the ‘Style Award’. Style Ambassadors mingle with the crowds in the Red Rum Garden to find the winner, with big prizes like cars, holidays and cash up for grabs. It’s clear that Grand National Ladies Day is a hugely popular day on the UK jumps racing calendar." 
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Grand National 2024 Live: Ladies Day pictures and race results

Focus Fashion Notes. Illustration Pat Adams

Time marches on for the Glitterati.
Tue, 12 Mar 2024 14:45:00 +0000

The dreary conditions are keeping me in, although I will be heading out over Exmoor at the weekend looking for some atmospheric shots. Fashion goes out the window (but not colour co-ordination) as I don Bobble Hat, Hiking Boots, waterproof trousers, Thermal Vest, Fleece and Paramo Jacket. I am walking to keep warm and the moor looks dark and brooding with a glimmer of white above the snowline at this time of year. Amazingly between showers the sun comes out and a rainbow lights the way. I love the coast and countryside, its changing light when the moorland colour returns fleetingly. 

Earlier in the month, I braved the outdoors (well out the front door) to shoot the Full Snow Moon. The moon,  a wonderful golden glowing star lighting up the sky. Three other starry events took place in February over the pond 

January The 81st Golden Globe Awards was an awards ceremony for film and American television productions of 2023. It was broadcast live on 7th January 2024, from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, Winners & Nominees - Golden Globes. OPPENHEIMER, starring Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Junior  came out on top

18th February 77th British Academy Film Awards BAFTAS 

WINNER: OPPENHEIMER Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas. Tap here for BAFTA nominations & winners

This side of the pond 'The BRIT Awards' took place at London's O2, on a Saturday for the second year running. Singer-songwriter Raye received seven Brit Award nominations, a new record for one artist in a single year.

If that wasn't enough,  Fashion Week fall/winter juggernaut has been rolling in February from New York, London, Milan rounding up with Paris at the beginning of March. 

This year's Oscars is the 96th Academy Awards and took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on the 10th March. You can catch up on Youtube etc. Interesting to watch the movie stars and celebrities as they arrived on the Red Carpet adorned in all their finery.  Sadly it wasn't a perfect world for Barbie after another winning night for Oppenheimer. 

Running now is Cheltenham Festival and the big news is that 'Ladies Day' is being changed to a more gender-inclusive 'Style Wednesday'

....I'm sure all the fashionistas will love it- let's hope the sun comes out and the rain holds off.

Focus Fashion Notes. Illustration Pat Adams

Oscars 2024: Watch LIVE as stars arrive on the red carpet
Sun, 10 Mar 2024 19:56:00 +0000

"Watch live as stars arrive at the Oscars red carpet. The 96th Academy Awards are being hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and will feature stars including Emma Stone, Lily Gladstone, Colman Domingo, Cillian Murphy and more."

Spring notes. Red tights on the bright side.
Thu, 15 Feb 2024 17:14:00 +0000

Another day cloaked in mist and rain but there is a bright light on the horizon. Red tights and red socks are trending for 2024. 

Add a little colour pop to your outfit, looks particularly good with mannish boy tweed or herringbone tailoring paired with midi-skirts or if you prefer just a hint of red choose red socks and wear with trainers or brogues under suit trousers. 

By the way the 40th Anniversary of London Fashion Week starts today

The following note from the British Fashion Council

"Discover the provisional schedule for London Fashion Week February 2024 as it celebrates the event's 40th anniversary, taking place from Friday 16th - Tuesday 20th February 2024. The schedule features both menswear and womenswear designers, with highlights including BFC NEWGEN recipients, iconic British luxury brand Burberry, as well as 16Arlington, Ahluwalia, David Koma, Dilara Findikoglu, dunhill, Emilia Wickstead, ERDEM, Eudon Choi, Fashion East, JW Anderson, KNWLS, Marques'Almeida, Molly Goddard, Richard Quinn, Roksanda, Simone Rocha and many more.

The LFW digital platform, is the Official Digital Hub and is freely accessible to everyone, industry professionals and global fashion consumers alike, showcasing digital content from the designers, enabling collaboration and bringing together fashion, culture and technology."


You can catchup with all the shows at the 'Fashion Channel', a great channel which has been "showcasing the best videos and the most exclusive moments of the international runway since 1982".

Here is a link the BURBERRY Best Looks Fall 2024 London Fashion Channel (Don't forget to subscrbe so you can keep up with all the shows.

Marc Jacobs | Spring Summer 2024 | Full Show
Sat, 03 Feb 2024 12:22:00 +0000
Giorgio Armani Privè Spring Summer 2024 Fashion Show
Wed, 24 Jan 2024 10:34:00 +0000
VICTORIA BECKHAM Best Looks Spring 2024 Paris - Fashion Channel
Thu, 05 Oct 2023 15:57:00 +0000
DIOR Spring 2024 Paris - Full Show
Fri, 29 Sep 2023 15:38:00 +0000
GUCCI Spring 2024 Milan - Full Show
Thu, 28 Sep 2023 14:33:00 +0000
VERSACE Spring 2024 Milan - Fashion Channel
Sat, 23 Sep 2023 17:20:00 +0000
Emporio Armani Women's Spring Summer 2024 Fashion Show
Thu, 21 Sep 2023 16:01:00 +0000
Supermodels, Annie Lennox, FKA Twigs & More Celebs Take the Stage at Vo...
Sat, 16 Sep 2023 09:25:00 +0000
Kate Moss Opens Vogue World: London and Takes the Audience to Another World
Fri, 15 Sep 2023 08:09:00 +0000
The Burberry Autumn Winter 2023 Show​​
Tue, 21 Feb 2023 12:53:00 +0000
Fri, 17 Feb 2023 10:56:00 +0000

London Fashion Week - Live

> London Fashion Week - Schedule

Dolce & Gabbana | Fall Winter 2022/2023 | Full Show
Wed, 09 Mar 2022 16:58:00 +0000
Dior | Fall Winter 2022/2023 | Full Show
Tue, 01 Mar 2022 18:20:00 +0000
Alexander McQueen | Fall Winter 2020/2021 | Full Show
Tue, 22 Feb 2022 13:35:00 +0000
Molly Goddard SS22 Runway Show
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 19:59:00 +0000
Summer Kicks. White Sneakers with a 90s vibe and recycled botanicals
Fri, 09 Jul 2021 12:15:00 +0000
Summer is here and fingers-crossed Covid restrictions will soon be gone, although let's face it we'll probably be stuck in watching the tennis at Wimbledon and cheering on England in the Euro final this weekend.

Summer style musts include girly white summer dresses in broiderie anglaise, jumpsuits with Bardot style tops, white jeans and shorts of course and the go-to footwear has to be white trainers.

The good news is that some of the freshest drops have just landed at Schuh so you can look sporty or cool in the latest styles including Puma Mayze sneakers, with 90s style chunky soles and layered panels guaranteed to help you stand out.

Celebrate nature in a pair Nike Blazer Mid 77! kicks, real plant dyed and 20% recycled and adorned with botanical plant motifs. 

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