A DAY AT THE RACES

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Kitx’s Kit Wil­low reps Aus­tralia at Royal As­cot.

KITX de­signer and Com­mon­wealth Fash­ion Ex­change con­trib­u­tor KIT WIL­LOW waves her sus­tain­able-fash­ion flag at Royal As­cot

10AM I ar­rived in Lon­don on the Eurostar from Paris and met my friend Sunshine Ber­trand [the eye­wear de­signer] at St Pan­cras sta­tion. I had our out­fits with me, so we raced into the sta­tion toi­lets to change. I wore a Kitx back­less bias lay­ered dress and Sunny wore a Kitx ivory and yel­low dress cov­ered in dots over a match­ing skirt. I had a vin­tage ocelot hat and Sunshine had a Gucci ocelot-print tur­ban. We didn’t mean to both be in ocelot, it just hap­pened!

11AM We got in the car and our driver took us to Royal As­cot.the weather was per­fect and the drive to Wind­sor through the for­est was just so beau­ti­ful. We ar­rived to see thou­sands of peo­ple tee­ter­ing around in high heels bal­anc­ing ex­trav­a­gant fas­ci­na­tors on top of their heads.we col­lected our ac­cred­i­ta­tion and it took us ages to fig­ure out where our box was, but one of the Royal As­cot pub­li­cists helped us and, fi­nally, we were in. MID­DAY We went to look at all the Com­mon­wealth Fash­ion Ex­change dresses on dis­play in the mem­bers’ area in the Queen Anne and Royal En­clo­sures. My dress had shell beads and raf­fia sourced from ar­ti­sans in the Solomon Is­lands on a black gown made from draped and pleated wool. I took some pic­tures and fixed a few lit­tle styling de­tails that weren’t quite right and then I was in­ter­viewed by Dy­lan Dreyer for the To­day show on NBC.

12.30PM Lunch was a cham­pagne buf­fet in one of the royal boxes. It was more like high tea, with lit­tle sand­wiches, cakes and salmon, lamb, beef and veg­e­tar­ian op­tions.af­ter lunch we went for a walk around the mem­bers’ lawns, which were su­per chic.

1.30PM There are only six races at Royal As­cot each day, so ev­ery race is very ex­cit­ing.we toured the sta­bles, where we saw the horses and their strap­pers and picked the horses we wanted to place bets on.then, at 2pm, the Queen ar­rived in her car­riage and “God Save the Queen” played as ev­ery­one cheered, be­fore she went to her box in the cen­tre of the course. 5PM We left the track and went back to The Kens­ing­ton ho­tel, where I was stay­ing. We fresh­ened up, and in the evening we went out for din­ner to a beau­ti­ful In­dian restau­rant in Maryle­bone called Jikoni.the decor was so di­vine and the food was so de­li­cious: it was the per­fect way to end a per­fect day at Royal As­cot.

Be­low: Wil­low, Brett and Ber­trand. Kit Wil­low with Sunshine Ber­trand. Be­low: Wil­low tak­ing in the scenery.

The ar­rival of Queen El­iz­a­beth.

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