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.