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    2015 Dates

    April ¦ May ¦ June ¦ July ¦ August ¦ September ¦ October

    Our annual British Summer Social Season Guide highlights all of the top events around Britain for 2015. We will be updating the calendar with new events on an ongoing basis, as well as publishing preview coverage, interviews and style features, so make sure you keep checking back to view the most up-to-date edition of the guide. Editorial and advertising enquiries can be directed to

    - APRIL-

    The London Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show (8th – 10th April) 

    The event showcases the best yachts, jets and prestige cars on the market. There will be VIP lounges and champagne bars aplenty, with brokers on hand to talk you through the latest products.

    The London Yacht Show

    The London Yacht Show

    The Crabbies Grand National at Aintree (9th – 11th April)

    Ladies Day will take place on the 10th of April this year and it is then followed by Grand National Day on the 11th. This legendary racing fixture is not to be missed and promises an incredible day out for all visitors making the trip to the world famous racecourse.

    The Grand National

    The Grand National


    Read our exclusive interview with the highest place lady in Grand National history

    Read about the luncheon at Royal Opera House that unveiled the weights for the 2015 Grand National

    - MAY -

    Badminton Horse Trials (6th-10th May)

    Badminton Horse Trials is arguably the world’s top three day event. It takes place in the Cotwolds and is often frequented by the members of the Royal family. This event is not just for equestrian fans and many people attend so they can visit the fantastic shopping village, which offers every countryside product you can imagine.

    Zara Phillips competing at Badminton Horse Trials

    Zara Phillips competing at Badminton Horse Trials

    Looking Back…

    Badminton Horse Trials 2014: The Trot Up Report


    Duke of Richmond’s XI vs Cricketers Club of London (10th May)

    Hosted at Goodwood Estate in West Sussex there is a 2pm start for those keen to watch some of the finest cricketing gentry on display!

    Cricket at Goodwood

    Cricket at Goodwood


    Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: Peter Pan (15th May – 14th June)

    Rediscovering J. M. Barrie’s original stage play, directors Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel create a Never Land where danger stalks dreams and adventure breeds mischief. Imagination takes flight in this darkly comic tale, yet in an ever changing world, and without a mother’s love, what place is there for the boy who wouldn’t grow up?

    Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

    Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

    Chelsea Flower Show (19th-23rd May)

    The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is another world-famous event. This time the focus is on horticulture, with stunning show gardens and floral exhibits. The Private Viewing day is packed with London’s high society and the event is normally visited by notable guests throughout its duration.

    Gwyneth Paltrow at the Chelsea Flower Show

    Gwyneth Paltrow at the Chelsea Flower Show

    Looking Back…

    Browse the Social Diary from Chelsea Flower Show 2014

    Watch our film: A day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    - JUNE -

    Chesterton Humberts Polo in the Park (6th-8th June)

    This year Polo in the Park welcomes a new sponsor in the form of Chesterton Humberts. The popular event takes place at the Hurlingham Club. Most guests make a beeline for the Pommery Champagne Garden, which is located in one of the sunniest spots and offers a great view of the action.

    Polo in the Park

    Polo in the Park takes place in central London at the Hurlingham Club

    Cartier Queen’s Cup 2015 (16th June)

    The Finals Day is the highlight of this high-goal polo competition. This will be Cartier’s fourth year of sponsorship. The event boasts a unique blend of glamour, style and elegance in a beautiful setting.

    Cartier Queen's Cup

    Cartier Queen’s Cup


    Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club (15th – 21st June)

    This event has been staged at The Queen’s Club for more than a century and the grass courts have been described as “the best in the world” by former champions Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, and current title-holder, Andy Murray. Murray, who completed the Aegon Championships-Wimbledon double in 2013, has already confirmed that he will return this year and you are likely to spot Queen’s Club member Pippa Middleton in the crowd on most days.

    Queen's Tennis Club

    Queen’s Club

    Looking Back…

    The Maggie’s Enclosure at Queen’s

    Royal Ascot (16th -20th June)

    This premier racing fixture is not to be missed and gives both ladies and gentleman the opportunity to dress up in their finest formal attire. Aside from watching some of the best flat racing in the world, the spectacular hats will also provide entertainment. Stick with tradition and enjoy a picnic in the car park, before venturing to the Royal Enclosure where you will find a plethora of champagne bars.

    Royal Ascot

    Royal Ascot

    Looking Back…

    A box at Royal Ascot with Carol Joy London

    Worsley XI vs Cricketers Club of London (21st June)

    The Mid-Summer cricket match at the exquisite Hovingham Estate begins at 1pm. Hovingham Hall is a grade I listed Palladian-style mansion in the village of Hovingham, North Yorkshire, England, the home of the Worsley family and the childhood home of the Duchess of Kent. On the front lawn of the house lies the cricket ground, which is reputed to be the oldest continuously played on private cricket ground in England.


    Cricket at Hovingham

    -JULY - 

    Wimbledon (29th June – 12th July)

    Wimbledon needs little introduction, especially after Andy Murray’s incredible performance last year. This is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is also considered by many players to be one of the most prestigious titles to win. Celebrities flock to the event and it lasts for two weeks, which means there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the action.




    Nevill Holt Opera (25th June – 2nd July)

    Nevill Holt Opera is delighted to announce a brand new production for summer 2015, of Bizet’s musical and dramatic masterpiece, Carmen. This production will bring together some of our leading UK artists, to perform five very special shows, opening on 25th June 2015. NHO’s Carmen will reunite the winning creative team that were at the helm of our acclaimed 2014 production of Puccini’s La Bohème.

    The Nevill Holt Opera

    The Nevill Holt Opera


    Henley Royal Regatta (1st-5th July)

    The Henley Royal Regatta is a perfect excuse to venture into the British countryside. The rowing event takes place every year on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames. It is a popular social occasion, which offers a party atmosphere in the fashionable pop up bars that visit from London.

    Henley Royal Regatta

    Henley Royal Regatta

    Looking Back…

    Henley Royal Regatta Social Report 

    Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival (11th & 12th July 2014)

    The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival takes place in Weymouth Harbour. Events include interactive demonstrations from a fabulous line up of passionate chefs including Dorset’s very own Mark Hix, John Wright from River Cottage, Lesley Waters, Mat Follas, Russell Brown and Matt Cook – complemented by Pommery champagne pouring demonstrations, expert wine matching and much more.

    Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival

    Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival


    Salon Prive (TBC September)

    Salon Privé is billed as a society garden party in the middle of London by day and a glamorous cocktail party by night. The event is focused around supercars and takes place in the sophisticated surroundings of Syon House. Leading brands showcase their latest designs and vintage cars are also on display.

    Salon Prive

    Salon Prive

    Looking Back…

    The Salon Prive Gala Ball

    The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair (23rd – 27th September)

    The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair takes place in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London. This is Autumn’s must-visit event for sourcing and buying fine art and antiques. It has quickly become a highlight on the social calender and last year there were over 19,000 visitors from around the world.

    The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair

    The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair


    The Country Life Fair (18th – 20th September)

    The Country Life Fair will take place at Fulham Palace in London. It will feature exhibitors from all over the United Kingdom and give you the chance to sample, taste, try and buy everything from the latest clothing, equipment, cars, gadgets, food and wine as well as investigate holidays, spas and property.

    The Country Life Fair takes place at Fulham Palace

    The Country Life Fair takes place at Fulham Palace

    - OCTOBER -

    Stone Food & Drink Festival (2nd-4th October)

    This year will be the 10th year of Staffordshire’s biggest gastronomic gathering.  Now a real red letter day in the ‘foodie’ calendar, the Taste of Staffordshire supported event attracts in excess of 20,000 visitors. There is a packed week-long schedule of food and drink events hosted by local pubs and businesses in addition to the ‘main event’ on the town’s Westbridge Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    Stone Food & Drink Festival

    Stone Food & Drink Festival




    HATWALK 2015

    Irish Millinery Catwalk Show

    HATWALK Irish Millinery Catwalk Show & Awards will be back in 2015 for our 3rd year. Make sure you SAVE THE DATE in your fashion diary’s!!

    Hat Walk 2015


    We will be returning to the Grand Ballroom of the 4* Hastings Everglades Hotel in Derry ~ Londonderry to celebrate & showcase the best in Irish Millinery on Friday 27th March 2015.

    Book tickets for this fantastic event 

    I will be hosting a fantastic flower making demo.






    As Spring approaches, the races day dresses dilemma is upon us. Whether it’s Cheltenham Festival or Ascot you’re planning for, it’s important to pick out the perfect race day attire to ensure you stand out in the crowds this season. The most important part of your race day outfit – is your hat, it will make your dress, shoes or outfit, complete. What’s the most important thing a hat can do for you? Away from trends, pattern and colours, a hats primary job is to suit your head shape and make you look good. Here’s some quick top tips on how to shop for your face!

    Face Shapes [Image courtesy of Daily Mail

     Heart Face Shape

    With a broader forehead and smaller chin, stay away from wide brimmed hats that may accentuate this. However, you’re lucky that almost any other hat will suit your face – so experiment! Although we’d suggest a medium sized hat to add a great balance.

    Oblong Face Shape

    Long face features and a high forehead? You may have this face shape. Try a hat with a flared brim and low crown, such as a wide brimmed or a cloche – the angles or length of which will finish further down your forehead. It’s all about experimenting what suits you but we would suggest to avoid tall hats.

    Oval Face Shape

    This is one of the most common face shapes and luckily for you with a broader cheeks and narrow forehead – almost any hat will suit so our advice is experiment and as with everyone – ensure your hats style looks great with the rest of your outfit or makes a statement apart from it.


    Face Shapes [Image courtesy of Daily Mail

    Square Face Shape

    With broad features, accessories should soften your natural look. Because of this, choose circular and fluid head-wear such as fluid wide brimmed styles. Avoid anything too sharp such as square hats or those with a geometrical style

    Round Face Shape

    It’s easy to see if you have a round face because they look as you would expect. Circular faces benefit from tall hats to elongate their features and hats with angles and shapes to add angular definition. Or look at hat accessories, something as simple as a feather or 3D feature can distract someone’s eye and give the illusion of length.

    SS15 Collection launched on LOVEHATS.COM

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    The Horst collection will be available to order from 25th February 2015 from and a



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    savage beauty

    London’s where I was brought up. It’s where my heart is and where I get my inspiration.”
    - Alexander McQueen, January 2000


    The V&A is delighted to announce that it will present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London in spring 2015. The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, the exhibition will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs will be presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

    The original version of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2011 was organised by the Costume Institute and became one of the Museum’s top 10 most visited




    Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore a major Fashion exhibition opens


    Somerset House, in partnership with the Isabella Blow Foundation and Central Saint Martins, is proud to present Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!, a major fashion exhibition celebrating the extraordinary life and wardrobe of the late British patron of fashion and art.

    Born into the rarefied world of British aristocracy, Isabella’s thirty year career began in the early 80s as Anna Wintour’s assistant at US Vogue. On her return to London in 1986 she worked at Tatler followed by British Vogue. In 1997 she became the Fashion Director of the Sunday Times Style after which she returned to Tatler as Fashion Director. Driven by a passion for creativity, Isabella is credited for having nurtured and inspired numerous artists and designers.

    The exhibition showcases over a hundred pieces from her incredibly rich collection, one of the most important private collections of late 20th Century/early 21st Century British fashion design, now owned by Daphne Guinness. This includes garments from the many designer talents she discovered and launched, such as Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald amongst others.

    Isabella is also known for discovering models Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant, and for her collaborations with major photographers such as Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle and Sean Ellis, which pushed the boundaries of convention in her increasingly provocative fashion spreads and establishing herself as a legendary figure within the international fashion and contemporary art worlds.

    Curated by Alistair O’Neill with Shonagh Marshall and designed by award-winning architectural firm Carmody Groarke, with installations by celebrated set designer Shona Heath, the exhibition displays thematically the breadth of Isabella’s collection, a life lived through clothes.

    JBH Millinery A/W 13 launched on

    Justine Bradley Hill launches her Autumn Winter 13 ready to wear Collection on The collection is called Titan and takes its inspiration from the Greek Mythological characters known as the Titans. Using handcrafted metallic leather flowers, the finest silks, crystal, felts and metallic hues the range is create for the strong confident women who knows her style and like to turn heads.

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    The Silly Season – Royal Ascot Tuesday 18th -Saturday 22nd June 2013

    royal-ascot-hatsThe race season is in full swing and the workroom at Justine Bradley-Hill Millinery is a whirl of colour and texture. Ladies are frantically attending fittings up and down the country in preparation for the most celebrated meet of all …..Royal Ascot Tuesday 18th – Saturday 22nd June 2013. Milliners work round the clock and into the early hours to meet the needs of their clients each flower lovingly tooled, each feather sculpted to an inch of its life, shades are tweaked, matched and clashed all for five days in June. I stumbled across this lovely clip to remind us what it is all about. To all my fellow milliners not long to go!!!!!!!!