Images by Laura Hudson
My opportunity to go to Royal Ascot was made possible by a fantastic British brand called HotSquash. The label specialises in clothing with unique warming and cooling technology. The dress I was wearing was equipped with the cooling feature, hence you see me shamelessly basking in the sun, not a sweat patch in sight. I can’t wait to try on a piece from HotSquash’s warming range – it could be the next British winter must-have.
Coming back to Ascot, I must talk about the races themselves. They were like short bursts of energy fuelling the day, with the presenter’s superfast commentary like a shot of vodka in one’s Red Bull: Sharp, exciting and invigorating. Having said that, some of the other interactions were less pleasing. I was lucky enough to be in a group of wonderful women all whom work in fashion journalism and see over-the-top styles on the daily. Walking through the crowds, had my squad not been there, I would have felt borderline frightened. Other elegantly hatted ladies tended to stare each other down top to bottom and back again. Meow! If you are going to Ascot next year, be mindful of that – these are not just empty words.
I’ll finish off with the icing on the cake, my kokoshnik by couture milliner, Liv Free. Her work is just mind-blowing. It was important for me to wear something that represented Eastern Europe and the stunning elements from my part of the world, as due to recent political events it keeps being demonised every single day. This was my personal silent statement, and no words can ever argue with the sincere beauty of an intricate, traditional and folkloristic kokoshnik.
A massive thank you to HotSquash and Brandnation for this opportunity. Would I go to Royal Ascot again? In a heartbeat.