By Ellie Hamilton
This sensational pink creation is "a bright celebration of Royal Ascot" according to Philip Treacy. He explains that "the playful structure of the hat coupled with the sculptural movement of the arrow feathers represent the beauty and elegance of the event." Keen on encouraging every woman to experience the grandeur of wearing a hat to the races, Treacy advises: "When choosing a hat, you must choose one that stays true to your style. Get creative and have fun!"
Philip Treacy Hat, £2,500; Malene Oddershede Bach Exclusive Floral Embroidered Dress, £900; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street
Reinventing a traditional vision of florals, Awon Golding explains his creation is "perfect for the modern woman". The pastel masterpiece uses "a bold graphic treatment melding modern techniques with traditional artistry" whereby "each flower is handmade from heat-soldered crinoline to create delicate spring blooms for the 21st century." In terms of styling, Golding advises: "The perfect complement to my hat is a gorgeous lipstick, try a bold orange-red tone. If you have shorter hair, tuck the sides back for a clean look."
Awon Golding Hat, £575; Three Floor Exclusive Lilac Lace Tiered Dress, £465; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street
Designed with Ascot in mind, Cara Meehan's elegant creation was "inspired by the timeless elegance of the Royal Enclosure," says Cara, who adds she chose the luxurious French navy blue as she predicts it will be the colour of the season. Cara's top tips for achieving the best race day look are to "style your hats to nearly touch your eyebrow" and to "tilt brimmed hats to sweep just above your eye."
Cara Meehan Hat, £415; Pleats Please Abstract Print Dress, £575; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street
Stephen Jones's exuberant creation was designed to "celebrate the high point of the Millinery year, using delicate straw and dramatic ostrich and tulle spines". This show-stopping hat encapsulates Stephen's feeling that "a hat for Royal Ascot has to be glorious and extravagant. It’s the one week of the year that you can truly shine and express yourself through what you’re wearing."
Stephen Jones Hat, £2,550; Forte Forte Beige/ Black Stripe Silk Jacket, £415; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street
This lilac geometric design uses "hand-made blooms with just enough sparkle to cascade across an asymmetric lilac base and branch across the hat in a shimmering spray," describes Alexandra Harper. She adds that her creation is "intensely feminine, strikingly unique" and "makes the ultimate race-day statement." To add allure to your race day look, Harper advises to "perch the hat forward, over the right eyebrow."
Alexandra Harper Hat, £710; Borgo De Nor Exclusive Bella Floral Dress, £745; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street.
We love this eye-catching yellow and teal creation by Jess Collett, who encourages everyone to "wear your hat with pride." Jess recalls, "I wanted to design a piece that carries all the wild elegance that Royal Ascot inspires. I imagined walking through a fantasy garden and when out the other side I found myself wearing a hat that captured the way that garden made me feel, other worldly."
Jess Collett Hat, £785, Mother of Pearl Rona White Dress with Pleated Bottom, £495; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street.
Rachel Trevor-Morgan describes her beautiful floral creation as "a statement piece with an elegant silhouette made in dusky pinks and smoky tones offset with sharp fanned feathers." She adds that the hat "oozes femininity" and the inspiration behind it was "English summer gardens with a quintessential British elegance." Rachel's top tip when choosing your hat is to "step out of your comfort zone; it is important to be bold at Royal Ascot."
Rachel Trevor Morgan Hat, £1,495; Vivienne Westwood Virginia Nude Dress, £715; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street
This statement piece by Monique Lee is a tribute to architect Frank Gehry, whom she "admire(s) for his vision and sensitivity to materials and forms." Decorated with layers of see-through fine silk organza and Japanese hand-dyed cotton, Monique wanted to "create movement and shadows while the wearer walks to make a statement." For styling, she advises to team it with a classic red for a sophisticated look.
Monique Lee Hat, £595; MSGM Floral Printed Long Sleeve Silk Dress, £535; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street