Teenage trendsetter scoops top style award at Aintree Ladies’ Day

April 16, 2018

A 19-year-old student from Killeavy has swept aside stiff competition to scoop the top prize in one of the horse racing calendar’s most prestigious style contests.

Robyn-May Quinn was crowned winner of the 2018 Ladies Day Style Award at Aintree Racecourse on Friday last, bagging a top-of-the-range Range Rover Evoque for her efforts.

The trendsetting teenager, who attended the races with family and friends, said she only entered the best-dressed competition “for the craic” and was stunned when she was announced as the winner.

“It’s just surreal… I can’t believe it. It’s amazing.  It’s my second time at Aintree, I came last year too but didn’t enter.” Robyn-May enthused, adding that she would have to ask permission of her dad Tony before she could drive her prize, worth an amazing £35,000.

Wearing a nude-coloured floral dress with sheer details, and teamed with a floral tiara-style headpiece and wicker bag, Robyn-May revealed she chose her outfit “pretty quickly” and had the headpiece designed to match.

Indeed, full credit for her winning style can be claimed by local businesses – the dress is from Bow’s Boutique in Newry while Camlough milliner Aimee Farrell designed and made the matching headpiece.

Commenting on social media when news of the win emerged, a delighted Aimee Farrell posted: “My amazing client Robyn-May just went and gone and won Aintree racecourse Best Dressed Lady!!! Chuffed would be an understatement!”

While Aveen Mackin of Bow’s Boutique, located on Newry’s Merchants Quay wrote: “On cloud 9 this evening for the gorgeous Robyn May winning Ladies Day @ Aintree today… Such a gorgeous little lady inside & out.”

Robyn-May wasn’t the only local fashionista to grace the winners’ podium in the style stakes as Mullaghbawn lady, Margaret Strain was also announced as one of the five finalists, wearing a silver dress and coat ensemble, topped off with a matching headpiece created by Mairead Traynor of Millinery by Mairead, Silverbridge.

Incidentally, the local link to successes at Aintree kept coming as Mairead later posted a photo of the Grand National winning jockey Davy Russell when he visited her Silverbridge store earlier this year to collect an order of bespoke headpieces for his wife Edelle, who is a regular client.