Racegoers turned out in their droves for the 43rd annual Red Mills Race Day at Gowran Park in Kilkenny, this year also marking 115 years in business for sponsors Connolly’s Red Mills. The style quarter, conveniently located next to the parade ring was the epicentre for style on the day where visitors were able to enjoy fashion shows, shopping, and of course the ever popular Best Dressed Style Event.
Guest judge, presenter and nutritional coach, Nathalie Lennon had a tough job choosing from all of the stylish entries, but Sarah Cass from Castlekelly beat off the competition to be crowned Best Dressed Lady and won the top prize of a luxurious stay for two including dinner at nearby resort Mount Juliet Estate.
Sarah Cass, Best Dressed Lady
Wearing a showstopping electric blue coat from Shrimp London which was a Christmas gift from her mother during the pandemic, Sarah chose Red Mills Day at her local track as the first outing for the coat. She paired this with a velvet dress from Serendipity boutique in Kilkenny, a headpiece from Marc Millinery, and ‘Sex in the City’ inspired shoes from Arnotts. Sarah impressed both Nathalie and fellow judge, stylist Marietta Doran with her stunning choice of colour and fabric textures, with a unique mix of velvet, wool, fur, satin and a touch of bling.
Sandra Hansen, Runner up
Runner up Sandra Hansen from Berlin is a fashion designer and designed her ‘Goddess’ dress herself, inspired by Irish heroine Grace O'Malley and featuring a print of the Galway coast. Her first time at the races, Sandra was over the moon to come second in the hotly contested competition, and matched white knee high boots and fedora to finish off the stunning outfit.
Niamh Madden, Second Runner up
Second runner up Niamh Madden from Mooncoin was the epitome of comfort and style in her camel ensemble which she topped off with a headpiece from Hats Life hat hire in Wexford, and was delighted to take third place having come to Gowran as a treat for her boyfriend’s birthday. Both ladies won handbags from British label Fairfax & Favor, available exclusively from Red Mills in Kilkenny.
Bill Comerford, Best Dressed Gentleman
Best dressed gent Bill Comerford is an avid racegoer, originally from Kells in Kilkenny and was shocked and over the moon to have won, in a three piece suit from Daverins of Cashel and a fedora which he added last minute, winning him a voucher for local hotel the Lord Bagenal.
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