Royal guests in a purple patch of form

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 January, 2012, 12:00am

Last Sunday's grey skies and persistent rain did little to dampen the spirits at Sha Tin racecourse, where men's British fashion label Kent & Curwen hosted the Centenary Sprint Cup.

Unlike Ascot, the races in Hong Kong are generally not known for the guests' winning fashion statements. Well, unless you enjoy looking at a sea of men in khaki multipocket waistcoats, that is. But this event featured a star-studded cast of stylish men and women. We were, after all, in the presence of royalty, in the shape of Peter Phillips, brother of Zara and son of Princess Anne, who was guest of honour.

My first thoughts were that the royal purple dress code was bound to be interesting. Women would no doubt be going all out for it, but would the men be as daring? The Kent & Curwen catwalk certainly provided inspiration as models put on their best upper crust Oxbridge impressions.

Designer Vivienne Tam shone in a flapperesque number with all-over sequins. Tommy Hilfiger made an appearance with his statuesque wife Dee Ocleppo, who donned a slimline trouser suit in a dark blue-purple. Men were conservative with their attire - the catwalk trend of loud colourful suits obviously has not yet made it to this demographic.

We spotted a daring light grey three piece, and fashion insider David Au was dressed superbly in a dapper lilac suit. Super PRs Shirley Hiranand and Reyna Harilela, of Bonvivant & Bellavita, both also stood out in glamourous outfits, and there were even several hats there worthy of Ascot. Despite the weather, the event was a triumph for the British menswear label. Their competitors should definitely be keeping an eye on their form.


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