wonderful! not at all over the top, yet still sophisticated, smart, legĂ¨re. somewhat reminds me of katharine hepburn in the 30s/early 40s. talk about "boyfriend"-jeans/pants/chic – really, it's been around for quite some time…
Of course people still dress to go to the horse track even if it's routine meetings and not the Prix de la Arc De Triomphe or some of the fancier events at Longchamps. Same in Britain. Obviously Ascot, the Derby, the Cheltenham Gold cup and Goodwood are fashion bonanzas but at most regular meetings during the day or at some of the evening meetings in the summer you'll see a lot of fashion plates. Nearer home you pay a visit to the Saratoga races.
Come to Lexington, Kentucky in the Spring and Fall racing season at Keeneland race track. Believe it or not, you will see a lot of well dressed individuals. You will also see those in jeans and t-shirts, but only in certain areas. Actually, coat and tie are required in the clubhouse area. My friend took off his tie to re-tie it and was approached immediately.
Interesting you mentioned her boyfriend who was the well dressed guy in another shot. Obviously a case of Likes attracting each other. She does look great. Definitely a look of Keaton or Hepburn as others have mentioned. The sort of woman I'd like to be seen with…….what more can I say.
Alas, I cannot answer your question but I must do what I do best. Comment. Love the hat. Want the hat. Would look so great in that hat. Also, I adore the shirt and vest and coat lapel combination. From our vantage point this part is magazine perfection. The pants tell us, ordinary folk, that she's one of us.
Very 1930s, Indiana Jones era. Love the complementary brown and green. The fedora is jaunty. Karen Allen, Harrison Ford's co-star in Raiders, would be proud. I think the je ne sais quoi here is . . . joie de vivre to the max!
I love the green color. The brown with it. The whole thing: the fedora, blazer, vest and especially the looseness of the pants are GREAT!
This is one real woman who doesn't care to look emaciated. What a relief. Karl Lagerfeld said recently that people aren't interested in seeing curves on the runway. Try it, Karl. Try it some REALLY daring designer. You will be surprised.
I would say it is because it is Parisian! I love how vintage and masculine this outfit is, she almost reminds me of a stable boy from the 20's/30's. It is a beautiful look, one you rarely see at some of the more glamorous racing events. I would definitely wear something like this to my next race meeting!
She's like Vita Sackville West mixed with a bit of modern day dyke dressing – in the best possible way. I am so jealous of her. I want to be in Paris again. The streets are to die for and every other person seems to a model of some kind or another.
I ALWAYS dress for the NY track, as does my husband– and not just for Saratoga. Lots of snazzy owners and fans (and a lot of not-so-snazzy too, but that's part of the flavor). And there are some snazzy trainers (such as Francisco Costa's partner John DeStefano) and owners (Barry Schwartz is an owner!). Great people watching! Go to the Clubhouse.
i love that she has worn this without making the outfit look costume-y….i think her stance says a lot about how she wear the clothes and not the other way around….i don't even bother anazlyzing parisian style anymore….its just genetics
I love it. Another Parisian whom with one fell swoop has outdone any of the socialites and social butterflies alike attending horse racing events in Australia. Here, at such events, the best of them look like they're going to a nightclub with a UFO hat; the worst look as though bound for a round drinks or twenty at the pub.
Thank you once again, France and Europe. There's no substitute for style.
do not know when you took the pic, Oct 3 & 4 was Arc weekend at Longchamp racecourse, the biggest occasion of the year. Proper outfit for Saturday (or almost any other racing day), a bit underdressed for Sunday, the big day, when the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is run. Horse racing apart, she looks great.
Grubby baggy trousers? Take a step back and look at the overall ensemble, ladies and germs.
The look is meant to emulate country style aristocracy of years gone by. She does it perfectly. A chasm away from the vulgar display of women rocking up to those events wearing short skirts, platforms and sombrero-like hats. She's gorgeous within and without.
"Any insight as to why the Parisian horse racing community is so chic?"
Because they're Parisian, silly. All the other adjectives in that phrase are irrelevant. You could as easily have saked "Any insight as to why the Parisian rat grooming/garden weeding/boot polishing/dental hygiene community is so chic?"
Maybe you should know that Hermes, maybe the greatest luxury house today or maybe ever , started as saddle makers and other horse riding stuff. There's a strong link between all things horsy and being chic in France, not only in Paris.. BTW, It's the same phenomenon in Australia though admittedly, not that chic.. Xavier
I wish more people wore hats! But…. the sleeves of her jacket are too tight. Look how much the fabric bunches just under her shoulders, and she is not even lifting her arms. This has been a trend the last couple of years. Any woman with a bicep is likely to have difficulty finding a blazer that allows any freedom of movement whatsoever. This woman is not heavy, her arms are not fat. The designers need to stop imposing this highly restrictive set of proportions on women.
Thankfully horse racing is one classic Parisian tradition that has scarcely changed— couture-wise.
If you're in Paris in the next few weeks before it gets too cold, stop by the Longchamp Hippodrome for some great fun. I went recently with my best friend (we're both here on exchange from the states) and we were awed by the endless beautifully coordinated hats and outfits. Some women wear hats that match their shoes that match their husbands' ties that match the horse they're betting on. Very fun to see and participate in!
If you go, we'll be the american girls with the significantly less flamboyant hats!
I once worked at Cheltenham Horse races for a weekend as a temp, and people certainly didn't dress like this! It was all tweed, waxed jackets and baker boy caps… very uniform, and very well-to-do British! What a difference a few miles makes! I'd be interested to get inside and see if it was as uniform as what I saw.