It’s hats off to Leigh!

Leigh Johnson ''Picture; Ian Hargreaves  (131529-5)

Leigh Johnson ''Picture; Ian Hargreaves (131529-5)

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IT’S HATS off to creative Leigh Johnson who was crowned the best dressed at a horse racing event.

The 40-year-old went to Epsom for its Ladies Day, which sees women glam up in stylish gear.

But what she didn’t realise was that there was a £5,000 prize for the woman picked as the best dressed.

Leigh, who runs her own bespoke hat-making business, was picked as that winner.

She said: ‘I had a weekend of going to the races.

‘The whole point of Ladies Day is getting completely dressed up and having a fabulous hat.’

Mum-of-one Leigh wore a bright orange Roland Mouret dress, complete with an orange-feathered hat created by herself.

And it was this combination that made Leigh stand out from the crowd.

‘I love wearing bright colours, and it’s what I go for,’ added Leigh, from Chichester.

‘I had no idea about the competition until I was approached by a rep from Harvey Nichols, which was running the competition. She asked if I wanted to be entered into it and I said yes.

‘They said they would give me a call if I was going to be short-listed. But the phone lines were down and I didn’t get a call.

‘Then they came over to me to say I had been short-listed, and I was then told I had won. I was absolutely delighted and felt quite giddy.’

She was deemed the best dressed of the day by Harvey Nichols group fashion director Paula Reed.

Leigh won £5,000 worth of vouchers for Harvey Nichols.

She plans on spending some of her winnings on buying her friend Paula Brennan a pair of Louboutin shoes to say thank you for helping her out on the day.

She said: ‘I want to say thank you to my friend, because she was by my side all day. After that I haven’t given it too much thought on how to spend the money.’

Leigh, who set up her own millinery business called Laylaleigh, said the win has given a massive boost for her firm. She said: ‘Business has really taken off which is amazing.’

To find out more, visit laylaleigh.co.uk.

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