PHOTO GALLERY: 'Keep it country' for top racing style, says celebrity hairdresser

David Marshall to judge best dressed at Curragh on Sunday

Laura Coates


Laura Coates

Ladies looking to impress in the elegance stakes at the Curragh this Sunday should ‘keep it country’ — at least as far as their hairstyles are concerned.

That’s the advice of one of Ireland’s top celebrity stylists David Marshall, who will be on the judging panel for Sunday’s best dressed competition.

There are super prizes up for grabs for both the most stylish lady and gent. The winning lady will receive a Longines watch and €3,000 gift card from Kildare Village plus a year of complimentary hair dressing from David Marshall Hair Salon to value of €2,000. 

The winning man will also receive a Longines watch, a €2,000 gift card and a voucher for David Marshall Hair Salon.

Celebrity stylist Mr Marshall, who trained with the legendary Vidal Sassoon, will be on Sunday’s judging panel. He says he is looking for “classical elegance” with “groomed, natural, elegant, unstructured hair”.

And ladies, leave the laquer at home, says the Kildare-based hairdresser, whose Dublin salon and hairdressing school has been tending the most elegant and stylish Irish tresses since 1982.

“Hair should be very natural and flowing, quite loose, nearly a little untidy — keep it simple,” he advised. “If it’s tied up it should be loose and very unstructured.

“Keep it country!”

Controversially for a best dressed judge — but perhaps unsurprisingly for a hairstylist — Mr Marshall doesn’t believe that a hat makes or breaks a race day outfit.

He says that hats can work very well for a race day, but they should work with the outfit rather than overpowering it.

Kildare is a great place to browse for the perfect racing outfit, he says, mentioning Sunday’s best-dressed co-sponsors Kildare Village as a prime fashion spot within the county.

“Kildare racegoers have a lovely, fresh country mode, rather than being glammed up to the nines. They have a lovely elegance,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the style on Sunday. Keep it nicely groomed, natural, fresh and unstructured and you’re on a winner!” he said.

Photos taken at the recent Kildare Village style event recently, in conjunction with Irish Country Magazine, to mark the Longines Irish Champions Weekend.