From wellies to waxed jackets, extravagant hats to skyscraper heels – this year’s Royal Norfolk Show covered every end of the fashion spectrum
Fabulous looks from the Jarrold fashion event at the Royal Norfolk Show
IT WAS a Royal Norfolk Show of two very different halves – of sunshine and downpours, sunglasses and umbrellas.
But this year’s showgoers still managed to dress to impress despite the extreme weather conditions and it was the usual fashion extravaganza.
On Wednesday, visitors mixed pretty summer dresses with rain coats and wellies, while on Thursday the sun came out and so did the hats and fascinators – and even the occasional high heel.
Of course the Norfolk Show is one of the biggest events on the county’s social calendar and the rain was not going to stop anyone from having fun and getting their glad rags on – and thankfully, the trend for stylish but practical countrywear came in to its own, Dubarrys for the ladies, waxed jackets for the men.
A TEAM of ‘style spotters’ from intu Chapelfield was out in force across both days of the Royal Norfolk Show, looking for the most stylish visitors and the best, stand out from the crowd, hats and fascinators.
From designer labels to homemade gowns, tweeds to vintage accessories, there is always a fantastic array of outfits and great looks to admire. The ‘best dressed’ and ‘headline hat’ competition is sponsored by intu Chapelfield with some great prizes on offer to the winners.
As usual, the number of visitors dressed to impress was incredible. The four winners of the ‘best dressed’ category across the two days each scooped a £250 intu Chapelfield gift card along with a one-to-one styling session with House of Fraser’s personal shopper.
Braving the non-stop rain and mud on Wednesday, the style spotters included Emma Lee, editor of our sister magazines Norwich Resident and Royal Coast Resident, and 2016
Great British Bake Off contestant Kate Barmby. Thursday’s style spotters, who included our feature writer Rachel Buller and BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Chrissie Jackson, enjoyed more clement conditions and even some occasional sunshine.
Wednesday’s winners were June Ridley, from Suffolk, who caught the judges’ eyes with her beautiful black dress with yellow detail and colour-coordinated fascinator, handbag and sandals, and Catherine Fox from Brundall, who dazzled with her vibrant orange dress and matching jacket and hat.
“I am just overwhelmed. I never expected to win, especially as I was wearing wellies instead of the beautiful shoes I was going to wear,” laughed Catherine.
On Thursday Hilary Jennings, from South Walsham, wowed in her stunning coordinated outfit which left no detail to chance.
“I made the outfit myself from a vintage 1955 Vogue pattern. The pattern comes with a very special Vogue label to sew into it, with the original date of design.
“I made it for our daughter’s wedding and I loved it so much; I was determined to wear it again and I thought the Norfolk Show was the perfect opportunity.
“We moved to Norfolk last August from Worcestershire and to get in to our new life in Norfolk and to learn more about everything happening locally, we read
EDP Norfolk magazine every month.” Getting dressed up for the show isn’t just limited to the ladies; there were plenty of dapper gentlemen setting trends and drawing admiring glances – including another of the best-dressed winners, Eliandro Felipeto.
Eliandro, who works in logistics, is originally from Brazil, but now lives in Norwich and he says that his secret to looking stylish is mixing and matching designer labels with bargain buys.
“I come every year for the show and I always dress like this. I love to shop in TK Maxx, to get great labels and unusual stylish pieces at a good price and I like high street brands like Zara. I got this cool hat from Roys of Wroxham though, it was an amazing find.”
The two headline hat winners, who each received a £100 intu gift card, were Cynthia Penn, from Wattisfield, who wore a beautiful boho style hat by designer Basia Zarzycka, and Shona Matthews, from Saham Hills, who wore a striking purple design.
From the ‘cool young things’ to elegant ‘Riviera style’, going ‘off to work’ to dazzling at a black tie dinner – the Jarrold and EDP Norfolk Fashion Show, in partnership with Birketts Solicitors, drew huge crowds keen to see the latest looks and hottest trends for the months ahead. Showgoers were treated to 11 lively catwalk shows across two days, with great music, dancing and some fabulous fashion. There were also beauty and hair demonstrations, style advice and plenty of inspiration for the summer. For the first time this year, local singer Dale Bullimore was on hand to bring a smile to the waiting audience’s faces as he performed a crowd-pleasing set of classic swing, soul and chart favourites. The performances featured fabulous denim outfits perfect for sunny days out, sharp suits and smart looks for work, elegant evening holiday wear, glamorous styles for a great night out and the ultimate in black tie fashion, with gorgeous dresses and striking dinner jackets. Among the labels modelled were Calvin Klein, Levi’s, Weekend Max Mara, Ted Baker, Jaeger, Hackett, Gant, Michael Kors and Gagliardi. The catwalk show was produced by PSE (Production Services Entertainment) with models from Ekiko. As always, the crowds were entertained by the energetic dancing, the dynamic soundtrack and fabulous clothes.
Top: Day two of the Best Dressed and best Hat competition
Below: Shona Matthews, June Ridley and Catherine Fox winners of headline hat and best dressed competition
Above: Ania Smith enters the best dressed competition