Dubai’s Divas come out for the Derby: Horse race World Cup 2014 brings out the stallions of fashion

Published March 31st, 2014 - 03:07 GMT

As “the world’s richest horse race,” with the four-legged winner of the Dubai World Cup trotting off with a million bucks, watched stallions jockey for position on the track, it was not the only thing that brought the other fine stallions (of a different breed!) to the annual Dubai World Cup!

Once the fabulous hats and smiles were on, racing-enthusiasts were ready for an exciting day of betting on their lucky horses, and for striking a post left, right and centre for the fashion-hungry press on-site.

Towering hats of dangerous proportions, flowing frocks in every color in the crayon box, and heels of record- (and leg-) breaking proportions were off and running. Of course, horse-inspired fashion is uncommon on runways, but it’s perfectly at place at the 2014 Dubai World Cup.

This year’s hats were exceptional, extravagant and more creative than ever, giving even the Royal Ascot fashionistas a run for their money. The winning horse may have walked away with $10 million, but each one of those ladies looked like a million bucks!

Heavy money was riding on the clotheshorses who jockeyed for position in the Style Stakes - an annual event that puts fashion-lovers through their paces, competing for outrageously fabulous prizes. Alas, only in Dubai!

The Style Stakes, sponsored by Jaguar, invites clotheshorses to vie for prize money as stunningly over-the-top as their outfits. Best Dressed Lady was given a year-long loan of a new Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible while Best Dressed Man and Best Dressed Couple received a mountain of bling from luxe sponsors. Other categories were Best Hat, Most Creative Hat, and Longines Most Elegant Lady who strutted off with a prize of a 42-diamond Longines Conquest Classic timepiece.

First time judge Jessica Kahawaty, the face of Yahoo! Maktoob and second runner-up in 2012’s Miss World, said elegance was the odds-on favorite, but outfits inspired by horses and flowers and fruits also made it down to the wire.

We invite you to take a look at this year’s top fashion (or not so)-istas attempt to outdo their fierce-feathered, flowered, and frocked competitors at this year’s annual affair!

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