08 Mar Cheltenham Festival Fashion 2016 – “How To Twist Tweed Into Something Less Twee”
Cheltenham is full of well dressed women so why oh why do many of these insist on digging out their murky green tweed for Cheltenham Festival.
Tweed can look extremely chic when styled correctly, however we should not overlook the fact that tweed can also add bulk and the murky green colour isn’t one of which many can carry off. Have you ever visited the races on Gold Cup week? Let me tell you it’s windy, bleak and bitterly cold! So please ladies lets look at tweed styling in more detail and raise the fashion stakes at Cheltenham Festival in 2016.
Tweed was the ideal sporting attire of the 19th and early 20th-century gentleman and as such it was the performance fabric of its time. The English gentry quickly adopted tweed as the ideal outdoor cloth on their upcountry estates, wearing tweed made hunting, shooting, and fishing comfortably enjoyable pastimes. Tweed also became popular among the 19th-century Victorian middle classes who associated it with the leisurely pursuits of the aristocracy. It was worn for virtually every sporting and adventure including golf, cycling, tennis, motoring, and mountain climbing.
Harris Tweed has been used by some of the world’s leading brands, including Nike whose cool retro trainers featured a Harris Tweed ‘Swoosh’ of which made the fabric hit high on the fashion front for the first time. The late Alexander McQueen was one of the fashion world’s greatest supporters of the cloth, incorporating Harris Tweed in his 2010-2011 winter line. Other major fashion houses who have used the cloth include Dries Van Noten, Ralph Lauren and Chanel. Matt Smith’s Doctor Who is not the only high-profile wearer of Harris Tweed, other stars who have donned the cloth include Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Razorlight singer Johnny Borrell. Dame Vivienne Westwood is the designer with the longest association with the famous Scottish cloth, her 1987 Harris Tweed collection – among her most famous designs – was inspired by the royal family.
When looking for Tweed Style Inspiration for Cheltenham Festival we need look no further than the iconic Chanel AW15/16 Collection. If you’ve had the honour of wearing a Chanel classic Tweed piece—a jacket, a dress, a skirt—you know that its texture, its weight, and its very aura are the things magic is made of. Coco Chanel’s use of the legendary fabric was not only inspired by menswear, but by a man—and a Duke no less. After borrowing sportswear from her beau, the Duke of Westminster, Chanel realised the comfortable and supple fabric had a sophisticated quality that would lend itself well to her designs. Beginning in 1924, Chanel enlisted a Scottish factory to produce her iconic tweed fabrics for everything from sportswear to suits and coats, she chose colours from the Scottish countryside as her inspiration, bringing back leaves and bits of earth to her manufacturers.
Pictured above is the AW15/16 Collection by Chanel which was revealed during Paris Fashion Week in a ‘Parisian Cafe Scene’ with a 60’s twist with make up to compliment.
If you are looking for an alternative to tweed this year for Cheltenham Festival then perhaps you may decide upon a gorgeous fur accessory with a beautiful hat to compliment.
Pictured below is racing enthusiast Zara Phillips looking radiant in grey tones.
Wishing you lots of luck!