From wellies to waxed jack­ets, ex­trav­a­gant hats to sky­scraper heels – this year’s Royal Nor­folk Show cov­ered ev­ery end of the fash­ion spec­trum

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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

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