WESTENDER Deighton Cup style inspiration

JULY 11, 2016

Deighton Cup style inspiration

Aileen Lalor — Westender
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Deighton Cup style director Crystal Carson with Style Nine to Five founder Christie Lohr. — Andrea Glaserova photos

The Deighton Cup is one of Vancouver’s precious few opportunities for getting gussied up. The only problem: If you’ve been to the event one or two (or seven) times, how do you keep things fresh?

Take inspiration from current fashion trends, horseracing culture or historical eras, says Crystal Carson, Deighton Cup style director and judge of Style Stakes, the event’s competition for best-dressed.

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Crystal Look 1: Deadly Danes cigarette capri pants from Scout; Corset from Lace Embrace; Lace top from Lace Embrace; Gloves and pearl choker from Lace Embrace; Yves Saint Laurent shoes from Mine & Yours; Vintage cloche hat from Scout; Fascinator from Lynda Marie. – Andrea Glaserova photo

“Androgyny is big on runways and I’m going to do a menswear look with lingerie. A jockey-inspired look would also be fun,” she says. “Horseracing has been around for hundreds of years, so why not look at what people did in the ’20s or ’50s?”

But by far the easiest way to change things up annually is to alternate your focus  – one year, concentrate on the outfit and keep the hat simple, the next, do the opposite.

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A creation by Hive Mind Millinery. – Paul Behm photo

Heads up

Hats aren’t mandatory, however, plenty of Vancouverites relish the chance to put something other than a toque on their heads.

“People find hats intimidating because they’re not used to wearing them, but often clients who say they want something small end up with the most dramatic pieces,” says Dominique Hanke, owner of Hive Mind Millinery. She says choosing a hat is all about balance.

“If you’re tall, don’t wear something tall and if you’re wide, don’t wear something wide. If you’ve got a little round face, don’t cover it with a big floppy hat,” she says. “You don’t have to go for traditional styles – The Duchess of York wore a fedora to Royal Ascot this year.”

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Crystal Look 2: Givenchy pinstriped pants from Holt Renfrew; Brunello Cucinelli collared shirt from Holt Renfrew; Manolo Blahnik patent stilettos from Mine & Yours; Vintage cloche hat from Scout. – Andrea Glaserova photo

On a budget

The dearth of dressy occasions in our neck of the woods means a Deighton Cup outfit will often be worn just once. Carson says the way to get bang for your sartorial buck is to wear separates so you can re-use the pieces.

“Culottes are a great thing to try this year,” she says.  Hats are seen as pricy, but can be affordable – Hanke’s start at $150 for a fascinator. Carson says you can also modify something you’ve worn before by removing or adding flowers and ribbons.

“It’s traditional – when women wore hats all the time they would re-trim them at home,” she says. Carson suggests turning that into an event.

“Get creative! Have a hat exchange or get together for a crafting session with cocktails.”

SH: Fun for all

The stereotype of horseracing events is that they’ll be stiff and stuffy, but Carson says the Deighton Cup is an exception.

“It’s only eight years old and doesn’t come from a historical tradition, so its focus is just fun. It’s not snobby at all. Of course it’s classy and luxurious, but not pretentious – just like Vancouver,” she says.

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Crystal Look 3: Tuxedo from Strellson; Bra, stylist’s own; Yves Saint Laurent patent stilettos from Mine & Yours; Purple fedora from Goorin Bros. – Andrea Glaserova photo
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Christie Look 1: J.W.Anderson culottes from Holt Renfrew; Brunello Cucinelli white collared shirt from Holt Renfrew; Silver stilettos from Mine & Yours; Checkered fascinator from Lynda Marie. – Andrea Glaserova photo
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Christie Look 2: White blazer from Scout; Cigarette pants from Scout; Mink top hat from Scout; Black lace top from Lace Embrace; Choker from Lace Embrace; Rhinestone Hand piece from Lace Embrace; Silver stilettos from Mine & Yours. – Andrea Glaserova photo

Photoshoot credits

Photography: Andrea Glaserova

Production and styling: Crystal Carson

Makeup: Cait Callahan

Hair: www.theglamoury.com

Assistant: Lisa Zappia

Location: Hastings Racecourse

Models: Crystal Carson and Christie Lohr

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