Royal Ascot Ladies Day

The Tootsie Rollers at Royal Ascot Ladies Day 2015

Following the success of the commissioned hats I made for the Tootsie Rollers to wear to last years Royal Ascot (see here), I was thrilled to work with them again this year. The Tootsie Rollers are a fun all female vocal group with a strong vintage and retro style. Their style is synonymous with the style of the 1940’s and 1950s and Ascot racecourse employs them each year to entertain the racegoers over the five days of Royal Ascot. During Royal Ascot the girls require a total of thirty hats (my kind of girls!) and this year I worked with them to create their hats for the most ultimate day of hat wearing; Royal Ascot Ladies Day.




Earlier in the year they told me about their plans to base the look for each day at Ascot on an iconic vintage film star. For Ladies Day they chose Marilyn Monroe and intended to wear white dresses reminiscent of Marilyn’s famous look. I then set to work designing a set of six hats for the prestigious day, specifically based around hats that Marylyn had worn in the 1950’s. Marilyn is a fabulous style and beauty icon but she is not especially known for donning a hat. After a little research I found some beautiful images of her wearing neat little pill boxes, elegant berets and chic little perchers. All styles that not only met the Tootsie Rollers size requirements but would also contribute to that immaculate feel of 1950’s ladies fashion.       



The Tootsie Rollers usually all wear identical hats, but after a discussion we decided break tradition and opt six different hats. The six hats still needed to work together as a collection so I suggested each hat was made with the same duchess satin, had black accents, was of a similar size, incorporated merry widow veiling and was of course typical of that era.  

I made the suggestion that each hat could include black accents to give the pieces definition as the girls were planning to wear all white. Coincidentally Black and White are of course the traditional colours to wear to the races.

The Tootsie Rollers stylist Joanna Femi-Ola paired the outfits with Lulu Guinness bags, ASOS dresses, Tom Davies Sunglasses, Carat London Jewellery and Cleo B Footwear. 

Above: A Pill Box Hat in production


Above: Lisa wears the finished pill box hat from the above photo with merry widow veiling and black diamantes. 


Above: Flo wears a Duchess satin feathered beret with veiling and rhinestone details. 


Above: Katy wears a very vintage style band fascinator with veiling and diamante detail


Above: Khiley wears a satin pleated beret with diamane jewellery, veiling and Swarovski beads 

Above: Meg wears a black and white polka dot saucer hat with veiling


Above: Anna wears a black and white polka dot pill box hat with merry widow veiling bow featured at the back of the hat


I received fabulous feedback from the girls saying that they were thrilled to receive them, had a wonderful time wearing them and received a lot of compliments throughout the day. 



All of the pieces are now going to be added to The Libertarian’s hire collection. I’ll be making a few tweaks here and there on two of them, but they will be available for you to wear with your own vintage styling! I would love to see what you would wear them with- perhaps little white gloves and tailored pencil skirt suit? I feel a vintage style-off coming on...


Ascot Ladies Day 2013

A Hat Trick!!

For the third year running my hats have made it into the global press coverage of Royal Ascot Ladies Day. 

It is pretty thrilling to have my designs picked out from the thousands of other millinery creations that can be found on the prestigious day. It is especially exciting as Ascot ladies day is really a celebration of millinery and it's a fantastic opportunity to let my imagination go to town (any excuse to unleash my imagination!). 

I also love that I can share the experience with my friends who always relish wearing something a little outrageous for the day. 

I shall add photos from the previous years in another blog post, but here are my favourite images and press from this year’s Royal Ascot.


Above: My collection of dessert themed Hats

Above: Press getting some snaps of Constance before we enter the Grandstand  

Above: Constance Peach wears the 'Stack of Cakes' hat with Chocolate sponge centre, dribbling icing and strawberries


 Above: This shot of Constance was used in a lot of this years Ascot Ladies Day press coverage


Above: Angela wears pastel hand carved macaroons on a sinamay plate with hand painted porslin china style edges.


 Left to right: Jenny wears a dripping slice of mud cake with spoon on a gold sinamay plate, Charlotte wears a meringue with cream, glittering strawberry and spoon sitting on a smartie hat and Steph wears slices of pastel iced cake perched on the brim of her hat.

Above: Heidi wears pastel Blancmange Fascinator with spoon on a wavy pink sinamay plate.


Above: Georgie wears the Pile of Cakes Hat

Above: I loved the tongue in cheek approach to this gentlemans headwear. He wasn't just trying on someones fascinator; it was part of his outfit.

Above: This very friendly guide dog looked the part with it's own fascinator

Above: My mum and her two friends looking very elegant and wearing Libertarian hats of course! 

Above: Crowd in the Grandstand waiting for the Queen to arrive

Above: The Queen arrives in purple  

Above: This is my favourite shot from the day as it shows an aerial view of my ice cream hat as the queen rides past!



Above: Post racing Band Stand sing a long in the Grandstand. 

...and finally here I am wearing my ice cream hat- hand sculpted and carved ice cream with flake, wafers, sauce and spoon!




All of these hats are now available to hire. I will be adding detailed photos to my hire section soon.


My sweet tooth is now calling... cheerio!