A DAY AT THE RACES
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.