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WAGs back a trend winner at the National; week my fashion.

Byline: week my fashion

I SPENT last Friday and Saturday at Aintree's Grand National Meeting. On Friday I was a judge of the Style contest, along with Kim Hughes from City Talk, Nicky Hambleton-Jones, ex presenter of 10 years younger and now a Reveal columnist, Jeff Banks, who is now designing for Matalan and my good friend and fashion lover Sheree Murphy..

We saw our biggest number of entrants for the competition, in total around 1700 people, which wasn't surprising given the prizes on offer. After much deliberating we finally all decided that the winner should be a 19-year-old girl from Blackpool called Sammy Marsh. Her winning outfit was a purple fitted dress very similar in style to a Roland Mouret dress accessorised with oyster coloured shoes and a purple fascinator.

There was a fantastic carnival atmosphere at the races despite the weather not quite living up to Thursday's bright start. A welcome addition was Matalan's fashion first aid tent where you could get your hair, make-up and nails touched up and also get free flip flops to relieve tired feet! Despite the 2 billion people who watched the Grand National live on TV, most of the girls I know or spoke to were only interested in one thing: fashion! The girls of Liverpool take their fashion seriously which is why the Aintree meeting is such an amazing spectacle.

My looks of the week come from two of Liverpool's leading style icons: Coleen Rooney and Alex Gerrard who did the city proud in the style stakes.

Coleen, who attended both Friday and Saturday, went for two very different looks. On the Friday she opted for a full length strapless maxi dress by Roberto Cavalli.

Roberto Cavalli, who has just opened a new flagship store in Paris with an amazing shopfit including a chandelier which alone cost in excess of pounds 1million, is taking his collection in a new direction and in the process gathering a whole new host of fans. Expect many more to be wearing his sexy rock chick winter collection which received high praise from the fashion press.

Cavalli is best known for his show-stopping dresses and Coleen's number was definitely in this category with over 30 metres of printed silk featuring all the trend colours of the season.

She accessorised with gold Louboutin shoes and bag and gold jewellery and soft natural hair which complemented the goddess style of the dress.

On Saturday Coleen went for a much more structured look wearing a hot pink dress by French fashion house Lanvin, with black accessories. This was definitely a winning look, I thought she looked beautiful.

Alex Gerrard looked stunning on Saturday in Stella McCartney and bang on trend in her boyfriend blazer in this season's big colour nude.

Under her blazer was a feminine white silk shantung strapless dress which showed off her new gym-honed figure to perfection. Keeping her hair in soft natural waves and accessories to a minimum she looked fresh and modern.

Well done girls!
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 8, 2009
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