2015年4月10日星期五

Here come the Aintree brides! Racegoers get wedding fever in white as the Ladies' Day racing and revels get underway



  • Racing fans dressed in their finest outfits have arrived for Ladies' Day at the Aintree racecourse in Liverpool

  • The event is one of the most hotly anticipated of the racing - and fashion - calendar and attracts huge numbers

  • Anxious to boost the image of the event, Aintree bosses have introduced a 'Chanel-inspired' style code

  • Bookmakers have other ideas and are offering odds on seeing wardrobe malfunctions such as too much cleavage




Teetering in their skyscraper heels and resplendent in dresses that came in every hue imaginable, racegoers were a colourful sight as they arrived for Ladies' Day at Aintree.


One of the most hotly-anticipated days on the racing - and fashion - calendar, the ladies certainly didn't let the side down and turned up dressed in their best, which this year included bold hats galore.


As on day one of the annual racing festival, cocktail hats proved a popular choice as did feather-festooned fascinators and broad-brimmed numbers bedecked with silk blooms.



Ready for action: Glamorous racegoer Lydia Brown is all smiles as she arrives for Ladies' Day at Aintree


Ready for action: Glamorous racegoer Lydia Brown is all smiles as she arrives for Ladies' Day at Aintree




Hoping to be noticed: Ms Brown had certainly dressed to attract the attention of photographers in her newsprint dress and scarlet heels


Hoping to be noticed: Ms Brown had certainly dressed to attract the attention of photographers in her newsprint dress and scarlet heels


Hoping to be noticed: Ms Brown had certainly dressed to attract the attention of photographers in her newsprint dress and scarlet heels




Uh oh! Ms Brown also fell victim to the day's first wardrobe malfunction when a breeze blew her skirt up to reveal a paucity of underwear


Uh oh! Ms Brown also fell victim to the day's first wardrobe malfunction when a breeze blew her skirt up to reveal a paucity of underwear




On trend: A range of different summer trends were on show, including the ever-popular black and white (left), lace (centre) and print (right)


On trend: A range of different summer trends were on show, including the ever-popular black and white (left), lace (centre) and print (right)


On trend: A range of different summer trends were on show, including the ever-popular black and white (left), lace (centre) and print (right)


On trend: A range of different summer trends were on show, including the ever-popular black and white (left), lace (centre) and print (right)



Beneath them, dresses erred on the bright side with many ladies opting for flamboyant print, whether florals or ikat, and summery hues that echoed the spectacular sunshine lighting up the racecourse.


One famous face who joined the throngs of racegoers resplendent in bright colour was Liverpudlian former X-Factor star Rebecca Ferguson who wowed onlookers in her hot pink dress and cocktail hat enlivened with plumes.


But unlike Ferguson, 28, not everyone managed to get it quite right with some intent on flouting the strict new Chanel-inspired dress code with their abundant cleavage and dangerously short skirts.


Along with low-cut dresses, the clunky platform shoes that have become a Grand National staple in recent years were very much on show as were some unflatteringly tight get-ups.


Most, however, were simply intent on enjoying the sunshine and, in some cases, the revels with many opting to start their day with a mini bottle of champagne, quaffed with the help of a booze funnel.



Colourful: Many of the guests opted for colourful ensembles, including, in one case, an impressively large feather headdress (right)


Colourful: Many of the guests opted for colourful ensembles, including, in one case, an impressively large feather headdress (right)


Colourful: Many of the guests opted for colourful ensembles, including, in one case, an impressively large feather headdress (right)




Getting stuck in: Some guests opted to get the day off to a flying start with a glass or two of bubbly


Getting stuck in: Some guests opted to get the day off to a flying start with a glass or two of bubbly




Enjoying themselves: Most of the ladies arriving were anticipating a fun day out on day two of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival


Enjoying themselves: Most of the ladies arriving were anticipating a fun day out on day two of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival




Coordinating: Several couples and groups of friends opted for complementary ensembles in a wide range of hues


Coordinating: Several couples and groups of friends opted for complementary ensembles in a wide range of hues


Coordinating: Several couples and groups of friends opted for complementary ensembles in a wide range of hues




Bright spark: Bold colour was a popular choice for the second day in a row with bright pink and pale blue taking an early lead


Bright spark: Bold colour was a popular choice for the second day in a row with bright pink and pale blue taking an early lead


Bright spark: Bold colour was a popular choice for the second day in a row with bright pink and pale blue taking an early lead


Bright spark: Bold colour was a popular choice for the second day in a row with bright pink and pale blue taking an early lead





Good day out: Excited racegoers were clearly looking forward to their day out and were all smiles as they arrived at the racecourse


Good day out: Excited racegoers were clearly looking forward to their day out and were all smiles as they arrived at the racecourse





Lovely: Many of the ladies opted for summery shades such as coral, while others kept things coordinated in navy and cream, and purple


Lovely: Many of the ladies opted for summery shades such as coral, while others kept things coordinated in navy and cream, and purple


Lovely: Many of the ladies opted for summery shades such as coral, while others kept things coordinated in navy and cream, and purple




Looking good: Local girl Rebecca Ferguson wowed onlookers in her bold pink dress and jewelled purple pumps


Looking good: Local girl Rebecca Ferguson wowed onlookers in her bold pink dress and jewelled purple pumps


Looking good: Local girl Rebecca Ferguson wowed onlookers in her bold pink dress and jewelled purple pumps




And they're off! A group of ladies show off their race day looks, several complete with gorgeous cocktail hats featuring plenty of feathers


And they're off! A group of ladies show off their race day looks, several complete with gorgeous cocktail hats featuring plenty of feathers



But while many joined in with the fun, the sight of so many early morning drinkers has left bookmakers panicking at the prospect of a bumper payout following Coral's decision to offer odds on such wardrobe malfunctions as falling over while drunk and showing off too much cleavage.


'If some of yesterday's outfits were anything to go by, we're in for a treat today for Ladies' Day at Aintree,' said Coral's Nicola McGeady, whose company has priced falling over at 1/2 and exposed breasts and bottoms at 2/1.


'With the sun shining down, we're predicting the hemlines to shorten and the necklines to deepen so we could be in for a big payout by the end of the day if our odds are anything to go by.'


Such episodes are something Aintree bosses had hoped to avoid this year, with the strict style code just one of a raft of measures designed to add some class to the image of the event which has suffered in recent years.


Along with expecting 'Chanel-inspired' get-ups from female racegoers, the management has also threatened to kick out any photographers caught taking photos of drunken racegoers.



Making an entrance: A lady inspects a stall selling cut-price fascinators as she prepares to make her entrance


Making an entrance: A lady inspects a stall selling cut-price fascinators as she prepares to make her entrance




Quirky: One lady showed off a rather unique sense of style courtesy of pair of fun Bambi-inspired heels


Quirky: One lady showed off a rather unique sense of style courtesy of pair of fun Bambi-inspired heels




Sunshine: Racegoer Lydia Brown strikes a pose in front of the fountain that sits at the entrance of the Aintree racecourse


Sunshine: Racegoer Lydia Brown strikes a pose in front of the fountain that sits at the entrance of the Aintree racecourse




Final preparations: A Jockey Club employee puts the finishing touches to the racecourse as the first ladies arrive


Final preparations: A Jockey Club employee puts the finishing touches to the racecourse as the first ladies arrive












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