Raising our hats to the Style Stakes at Dubai World Cup

Among those who did not enter the competition, the all-white look seemed to be a favorite, while a few stood out with bold choices.(AN)
Updated 02 April 2019
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Raising our hats to the Style Stakes at Dubai World Cup

  • Thousands from across the world sported unique looks at the annual event
  • The all-white look seemed to be a favorite, while a few stood out with bold choices

DUBAI: From peacock-feather hats to full-blown gowns, fashion at the Dubai World Cup is always a sight to see, and the regalia at this year’s 24th edition of horse racing at Meydan Racecourse did not disappoint.

Thousands from across the world sported unique looks at the annual event, as they watched jockeys and their steeds battle it out for the $35m prize purse on Saturday.

But horse racing aside, the event is also known for its glamour as the most outlandish and best-dressed attempt to outdo each other at the Style Stakes contest.

Hundreds entered the fashion competition that ran throughout the day alongside the horse races.

Photo gallery: Looks from Dubai World Cup 2019

Fashionistas entered themselves into the competition and were judged by five industry experts that included stylist Kelly Lundberg, designer Noor Breish, women’s hat designer Ana Pribylova, Esquire Middle East fashion director Mark McMahon and Saudi influencer Tamara Al-Gabbani.

There were six categories, including best hat, most creative hat and best dressed.

Eleanor Campbell won best dressed, while Australian nurse Conna Tution won best hat for her blue and golden headpiece, which she said was her tribute to the desert. Eksuda Vassakosol received the prize for most creative hat for one that was inspired by afternoon tea. Prizes amounted to more than $68,000 and included shopping gift vouchers and brunch packages.

Among those who did not enter the competition, the all-white look seemed to be a favorite, while a few stood out with bold choices. The look of the day for Arab News was a woman in a bright salmon suit, which she paired with a white shirt and black ribbon tie, wearing a see-through mesh tophat with a cut-out horse on the inside.

Other favourites included a white bow hat, decorated with white feathers and a delicate net over the eyes: a simple, traditional look, yet elegant nonetheless.


What We Are Reading Today: The White Devil’s Daughters by Julia Flynn Siler

Updated 25 June 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: The White Devil’s Daughters by Julia Flynn Siler

  • It is such an empowering and hopeful book for women in advocacy and in fighting for the freedom of those who are most susceptible and vulnerable

This book dives into the historical times that are often neglected by American history.

It “draws out the invisible struggles and vulnerability that results from being an Asian American immigrant, and a woman,” said a review in godheads.com.

It said the book “is a definite read especially for those who want to understand the societal construct of the model minority, of oppression in American and Asian American history.” The review added: “It is such an empowering and hopeful book for women in advocacy and in fighting for the freedom of those who are most susceptible and vulnerable. Author Julia Flynn Siler is a New York Times best-selling author and journalist.

Her first book was the The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty.

As a veteran correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek magazine, Siler spent more than two decades in the Europe and the US, reporting from a dozen countries on various topics. Her stories and reviews have also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Oxford Encyclopedia on Food and Drink in America.