Style has no age... and Ascot no limits, as these designs by Piers Atkinson, House of Flora, Noel Stewart and Aurora Ozma show.
Models: Ruth Black, Rose Bryant, Lynne Harris, Sarah Hogben, Kathy MacEwen and Jenny Richards
Photographs: Ruth Hogben
Hair: David Wadlow at Premier
Make-up: Laura Dominique at Streeters, using MAC
Photographic assistance: Laura Falconer and Chloe Orefice
Styling assistance: Brad Palmer
Hair assistance: Ross McLaughlan
Make-up assistance: Riona Sullivan and Maria Vittoria
Production: Drue Bisley
The best hats for Ascot
The best hats for Ascot
1/6 Lynne Harris
"Why have I got a cat on my head?"
Lynne's Gold Cup tip: Eye Of The Storm, 10/1
Hat, £460, by Piers Atkinson at fenwick.co.uk; top, £570, by Emelia Wickstead at matchesfashion.com; earrings, £410, by Dolce and Gabbana, as before; gloves, £12, by Accessorize, accessorize.com
2/6 Rose Bryant
"I quite like wearing a vegetable dish lid."
Rose's Gold Cup tip: Pale Mimosa, 20/1
Hat, £190, by House of Flora, houseofflora.net; dress, £398, by Stella Jean at matchesfashion.com; bracelets, from £550, and earrings, £420, both by Prada, prada.com; sunglasses, £845, by Dolce and Gabbana, dolcegabbana.com; gloves, £12, by Dents at houseoffraser.com
3/6 Ruth Black
"Put me in any old hat." (Rose: "I think you got the best one!")
Ruth's Gold Cup tip: Leading Light, 7/4
Hat, £492, by Noel Stewart at fenwick.co.uk; glasses, £160, by 3.1 Phillip Lim by Linda Farrow Gallery, lindafarrow.com; kaftan, £225, by Issa, issalondon.com; gloves, £895, by Christian Dior, dior.com
4/6 Jenny Richards
"Absolutely my favourite hat ever."
Jenny's Gold Cup tip: Tac de Boistron, 6/1
Hat, £280, by Piers Atkinson at Fenwick, as before; jacket, £745, by Giles at matchesfashion.com; gloves, £18, by Dents at House of Fraser, as before
5/6 Kathy MacEwen
"Would I wear this hat? No."
Kathy's Gold Cup tip: Cap O'Rushes, 33/1
Hat, £430, by House of Flora, as before; jacket, £1,945, by Mary Katrantzou, marykatrantzou.com; earrings, £945, by Dolce and Gabbana, as before; gloves, £12, by Dents at House of Fraser, as before
6/6 Sarah Hogben
"I think I look like a blueberry 99 ice-cream."
Sarah's Gold Cup tip: Ahzeemah, 16/1
Turban by Aurora Ozma, price on application, auroraozma.com; jacket, £1,358, by Giambattista Valli; earrings, £208, and necklace, £338, both by Oscar de la Renta, all at matchesfashion.com; gloves, £139, by Dents at harrods.com
Retouching: Emma Tunstill at Touch Digital
Management studio and lighting: Rida Studios
Runner: Jake Bisley
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