Ebor Festival 2011 was first in the style stakes

PUBLISHED: 17:47 26 September 2011 | UPDATED: 20:03 20 February 2013

Ebor Festival 2011 was first in the style stakes

Ebor Festival 2011 was first in the style stakes

Smart and sassy race goers compete at a fashion show to find the best of the field at the Ebor Festival. Esther Leach reports hotographs by Simon Dewhurst

It was an Ebor Festival to remember and not necessarily for the winning riders. It was a time of colour and glamour for men, women and children who took part in Fashion on the Field.

Style scouts were out looking for the best dressed among race goers and they were not short of candidates who were invited on to the catwalk by international designer Jeff Banks and his team which included celebrated milliner Yvette Jelfs and June Barker, creator of Clothes Show Live.

Debenhams joined forces with the team to bring the Fashion on the Field to the racing festival. Its a wonderful way to encourage people to dress up and have fun, said Jeff. Weve been impressed by all the lovely ladies, and of course men, who weve seen on our catwalk in the Fashion on the Field marquee here in York.

It was a difficult job for judges who were Mark Heyes, resident fashion guru on televisions Lorraine and Aliza Reger, daughter of Janet Reger and head of Janet Reger lingerie brand and me, as editor of Yorkshire Life in the unlikely role of representing our fashion conscious readers.

Race goers at the festival didnt disappoint, dressed in wonderful and original style as our pictures show in the hope of winning a prize worth more than 10,000, including a holiday on the Caribbean island of St Vincent, 500 to spend at a Debenhams store and dinner at the Ivy, London with Jeff Banks.

t was Victoria Bailey from Leeds who, out of about 1,000 contestants who took part in competition heats held over the four-day festival, captured the look that wowed the judges.

Mark Heyes explained why Victoria was a winner for him. l loved Victorias whole look but what stole it for me was her striking silver-blonde hair teamed with a colour-matched fascinator. Her complete look was elegant, timeless and perfect for the races. It was simply stunning.

Victoria, who wore a long, flowing dress from high street store Mango, was almost speechless as she stepped up to accept her prize and congratulations from the judges. She said: Im so thrilled to have won and to have been chosen by the judges. Its been an amazing experience and still cant believe the amazing prize have won.

The print version of this article appeared in the October 2011 issue of Yorkshire Life

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