Details announced of the winners of the coveted Her Ladies Day Best Dressed Competition and Best Hat at the 2020 Galway Races Summer Festival

Danielle Gingell from Claremorris announced as Her Virtual Best Dressed

Melissa Carty from Craughwell wins Best Hat designed by milliner Cathriona King


Galway, Thursday 30th July 2020: Fashion enthusiast Danielle Gingell, from Claremorris was today announced as the winner of the Her Virtual Best Dressed competition at the Galway Races.


In a very different Ladies Day to previous years due to the current COVID restrictions, entrants were encouraged to enter from the comfort and safety of their own homes while the excitement and anticipation was brought to life on Her.ie, Ireland’s most popular destination for women, with premium content and behind the scenes snippets showcased throughout the day.


Danielle’s stunning monochrome look was an homage to days gone by and embodied the fun and quirky element that the judges were looking for as a winner of the Her Virtual Best Dressed competition. Wearing a Self Portrait design, Arturo Rios headpiece, accompanied by ASOS bag, Newbridge Silverware accessories and Zara shoes, the dog groomer took inspiration from Old Hollywood Glamour to create her statement look.


She wins a two night deluxe stay in The Galmont Hotel and Spa including dinner, champagne on arrival and spa treatments. Along with two VIP hospitality tickets to next year’s Galway Races 2021 and luxury products from LanaiBlo, Instyler, Hairtalk, Trilogy and Box of Wine.


Melissa Carty from Galway was awarded the prestigious Best Hat accolade during today’s competition. Turning heads in her bespoke Catriona King creation, accompanied by a Harper dress, ASOS bag and Penneys heels. This is the second Best Hat Award for the milliner Catriona King who also designed last year’s winning hat.


Melissa walks away with a luxury two night stay at The Galmont Hotel and Spa along with luxury products from LanaiBlo, Instyler, Hairtalk, Trilogy and Box of Wine.


The Her Virtual Best Dressed finalists were judged by reigning Her Best Dressed champion Pamela Uba as well as TV personality and Her presenter Cassie Stokes and Her’s CCO, Gillian Fitzpatrick.


Speaking about this year’s winners, Her’s Gillian Fitzpatrick said: “Thank you to everyone who made such an incredible effort for the 2020 Her Virtual Best Dressed competition – we asked you to showcase outfits which were bold and different and you all truly delivered. We were overwhelmed at the response and generous charity donations.


Adding, “Although this year’s competition was fierce, Danielle really stood out for Pamela, Cassie and I as a brilliantly stylish head- to-toe look”


While the racing takes place behind closed doors for 2020, the Galway Races Ladies’ Day is widely regarded as the biggest day in the Irish Racing Calendar. Speaking about the success of the virtual event Her’s Head of Content Niamh Maher said, “It was such a pleasure to watch the entries flood in for this event and to keep the spirit of Ladies Day alive at the Galway Races. This is the second year that Her have sponsored the Best Dressed event at the Galway Races and once again we are completely blown away by our winners.”


She added “In hindsight, with the immense amount of style on show today, perhaps it was a good thing we weren’t at the racecourse as nobody would be looking at the horses! A massive thank you to all of our entrants and of course the team at Galway Races. We’re looking forward to bringing the #HerBestDressed Ladies Day Competition back to Ballybrit in 2021.”


To see full coverage of Her Virtual Best Dressed at the Galway Races see: www.her.ie or follow Her on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter @herdotie #HerVirtualBestDressed




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