On your marks, get set, go! It’s officially the start of spring and what better way to celebrate than to head to the racetrack at the Dubai World Cup on March 29. It’s the perfect time to don your finest, make a statement and, of course, wear a hat – it’s essential. 


Left to Right: Alexander McQueen S/S14, Dolce&Gabanna S/S14 and Coco Rocha rocks a Peter Pilotto ensemble topped off with a Nerida Winter headpiece

Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady and look to Moschino for a playful take on ladylike glamour with gingham checks paired with pearls. You’ll find the Italians have solved your hat problem, with a choice of oversized creations at Armani or intricate headpieces at both Dolce&Gabbana and Antonio Marras. And as for colour, either opt for spring’s hot hues or monochrome; just throw in some chunky gold accessories for good measure.


It’s Monochrome chic for Jerry Hall, while Dita Von Teese goes demure in a pencil skirt suit and Princess Diana does ladylike colour blocking

The style stakes are high… so take the risk and choose opulence every time


Clockwise: Pink dress Dhs17,295 Valentino. Leaf earrings Dhs1,270 Aurélie Bidermann at net-a-porter.com, Black jacket Dhs12,572 Balmain, Gold sunglasses Dhs2,183 Dolce&Gabbana


Clockwise: Cocktail dress Dhs10,678 Roland Mouret. Floral hat Dhs5,367 Louis Mariette at louismariette.com. Orchid hat Dhs7,666 Philip Treacy at lovehats.com. Floral heels Dhs1,821 Bruno Magli at net-a-porter.com

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