Hats off for Ladies Day at Epsom

The Hello! Magazine Best Dressed finalists, with winner Leigh Johnson
THE SUN came out for Ladies Day at Epsom Downs Racecourse yesterday as 100,000 descended onto the hallowed ground for the first day of this year’s Investec Derby Festival.

Among the champers and picnic baskets, a hotly contested battle was taking place for this year’s best dressed lady.

The annual prize, this year sponsored by Hello! Magazine went to Leigh Johnson, who beat four other well turned out finalists to land the award – and a Royal Caribbean Cruise worth £5,000.

Her Roland Mouret pink and silver dress clearly caught the judges eye but maybe it was the silver hat with pink feathers which clinched it – which had been hand crafted by Johnson herself.

And it was a double triumph of sorts for Johnson after her friend Charlie Elmy-Britton won the best hat award – which had also been crafted by her skilled millinery techniques.“I am so excited to have won,” she said.

“I am so excited to have won,” Johnson said, “It’s a great atmosphere and to top it my friend Charlie has won the best hat which I made too.”