Huntsman helped to bring this year’s Royal Ascot to a celebratory conclusion, by hosting a party for over 400 guests aboard The Rosebery, a 1966 vintage double decker bus set up on the sidelines of the race course, near to the Royal Enclosure.
Together with South Kensington members’ club Albert’s and Sam Sangster Bloodstock, the horse racing and syndicate company, Huntsman threw a very British fête. Guests nibbled on quintessentially English canapés – among them sausage rolls, deconstructed Bloody Marys, Exmoor caviar, and cucumber sandwiches – and sipped rosé Champagne and Pimm’s.
Many in attendance were wearing Huntsman morning suits – most notably, our Head of Communications Daisy Knatchbull, who wore the first bespoke morning suit that the house has made for a woman. Indeed, she’s also the first woman to have worn morning dress within Ascot’s Royal Enclosure, having obtained special permission from the event’s organisers.
The boy-meets-girl outfit was made up of a black feather weave morning coat, a blue linen waistcoat, and Kashmir striped trousers, which Knatchbull wore with Christian Louboutin sandals and a Lock & Co. top hat.
Morning dress for women is designed on a bespoke basis at Huntsman, and marks the latest evolution of Huntsman’s tradition of dressing Royal Ascot’s most stylish racegoers. The house fashioned morning dress for Gregory Peck and David Niven in the 60’s, and dresses a number of clients in the racing world today.
At the Huntsman party, guests took in the races at a genteel pace as the afternoon wore on, before a DJ from Albert’s took over in the evening, playing on The Rosebery’s top deck – prompting guests to dance in the bus’s aisles. And the party didn’t stop there. Those with even more stamina carried onto Albert’s in South Kensington, to continue the revelry.