Saturday, 9 June 2012

BBC Radio Manchester's Retail Therapy - Listen Again 9/6/12

Sorry for the delay my pretties, I've been a rather busy pea. If you saw the news alerts on Diary Directory or Fashion Monitor you'll know exactly why... but more on that in a post very soon!

For know, you'll have to be content with a little ditty from my latest stint on BBC Radio Manchester's Retail Therapy show with Becky Want. Today we talked about hats for Royal Ascot but before that, I was brought into a conversation, live on air, for some impromptu styling advice. A lovely gent was looking for some jeans and Becky (literally) dragged me into microphone-shot to help ease the gent's dilemma.

LISTEN AGAIN HERE! Styling advice comes in at approximately 09:50 mins in.

Now, the main event. Royal Ascot and the new style guidelines for attendees! The big wigs at Ascot have decided enough is enough with fascinators and exposed midriffs and proposed for stricter guidelines on dressing. They make for interesting reading. The main points are:

No fascinators (unless under 10 and a girl)

No strapless, halter-neck, off the shoulder dresses. Straps must me at least 2.5cm in width.

Headpieces must have at least a 10cm base to pass guidelines. (despite bases being invisible when headpieces are worn)

Dresses must come to below the knee. (Or you'll be called a slut)

Ladies' trouser suits must be full length and jackets must totally match trousers.

Gent's are not to customise top hats. (especially with sequins)


I talked Becky through the guidelines and used some fabulous bespoke pieces from Jen Scott-Russell's collection at H'Atelier in Manchester's Northern Quarter

Both headpieces are bespoke. 
The black, £275, the red £260. 
Time from consultation to completion, four weeks.

The Manchester based Milliner is a headwear extraordinaire and I adore her beautiful show room. (images below).

I interviewed Jen earlier in the year for when the Royal Ascot guides were announced, the interview makes for interesting reading.


I also featured these hats from Linea at House of Fraser and one from Philip Treacy!

Dish headpiece, £85.00, silver hat, £55.00

Listen to my segment on Royal Ascot hats on BBC Radio Manchester here (until 16th June 2012) Hats comes in from 19:30 mins in.