I HAVE been to a lot of race meetings and fashion shows in my time and this year’s Ladies’ Day in Galway had style to rival any Ascot or runway show.
Thankfully the rain stayed away and the ladies came out in their thousands at Ballybrit.
The winner of the Best Dressed title was Alex Butler from Middleton, Co Cork who looked gorgeous in her stunning one shoulder midi-length red dress, and headpiece by acclaimed milliner Jennifer Wrynne which she teamed with a beautiful pair of Louboutin shoes. Her spectacular prize was worth over €10,000.
I loved the style of the Best Irish Design winner Mary White from Claremorris in Co Mayo. Her bespoke hat was created by herself to match an elegant outfit which was designed by local designer Laura Jayne Halton and her prize was €4,000 sponsored by the Kilkenny Group.
I adored the hat that won Best Hat, with a prize worth €2,500. Danielle Gingell, who is a dog groomer in Claremorris in Co Mayo, really turned heads with her vintage-feel hat of flowers wrapped in a tulle headpiece which was designed by US milliner Arturo Rios.
Also spotted in the crowd was model Roz Purcell who was keeping an eagle eye on the fashion stakes because later on that day she was judging Best Dressed Lady in the Hotel Meyrick.
Limerick was well represented in the style stakes. Libby Hickey looked fabulous in a black hat and a really cool dress. Elizabeth Mangan was in a beautiful Diane von Furstenberg jumpsuit. Ann O’Halloran Ryan wore a stunning bespoke red dress designed for her in Thailand.
Of course the racing was good too with Denis O’Regan celebrating his winning ride on Quick Jack in the Guinness Galway Hurdle. Roll on next year!