Fashionistas go back to the future to steal limelight from horses

What’s new in vintage wear for 2013?

Don’t know? Then you weren’t at two of Ireland’s most exciting fashion events yesterday.

It wasn’t all about the horses at Leopardstown or Limerick races. While the nags went round the bend, the fashion conscious went further.

Geraldine Walsh, from Kinsale in Co Cork, blended patriotically with the green sod underfoot with a fur-lined ice-white and orange ensemble, with her hat capping a toast to the Roaring Twenties.

Matt MacKenzie Smith, from Newbridge, Co Kildare, was equally tasteful in his outfit of country-gent-meets-Jackie-Healy-Rae, topping his tasteful get-up off with a retro caipín. They were well deserved winners of the Mount Juliet and Irish Tatler Most Stylish Lady and Man competition.

Jockey Ruby Walsh sported black and amber but his talents lie elsewhere, and the trophy he received was for a stylish win in the Lexus Steeplechase.

Over in Limerick the daywear was equally delightful. Colours were more muted, though, as Muriel Callaghan, from Ballinalee, Co Longford, sported a black and white ensemble to be the first past the post in the Limerick Racecourse Ladies’ Day Competition.

Her monochrome counterpart, Michelle Lenahan, from Castletroy in Co Limerick, chose the same shades to win the Herbal Essences ‘Best Tressed’ competition with a hair-raising hat and a winning smile.

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