Vancouverites Don their Finest for the 9th Annual Deighton Cup

 

Vancouver’s Deighton Cup has grown from a small group birthday celebration to over 4,000 people strolling the promenade at Hastings Racecourse. “Gassy Jack” Deighton, for whom the race is named, would not recognize the sophistication that abounds. Instead of whiskey shots, red champagne flutes and bottles of $150 Piper-Heidsieck were carried around like water bottles.

Anything goes in the way of attire at the Deighton Cup. Some attendees wish to be considered for Best Dressed, but others dress to impress, to see and be seen.

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Fascinators, tiaras, hats with real flowers or vegetables, tulle, netting, and lace, men in top hats, fedoras, bowlers, suspenders, custom suits to celebrate the occasion.

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Some dresses go to incredible lengths of short and figure hugging or full maxi gowns of exotic fabrics, or sleek couture. Flamenco inspired dresses match with florals, split-leaf philodendra leaves that shoot up to the head! Pink flamingo suits were long or with shorts or couples matching. Mile’s End Motors hostesses wore red to match the champagne glasses.

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

As well as champagne, Ciroc vodka, Mint Juleps with bourbon in refillable stainless steel tumblers and Stella were quaffed, oysters were shucked, cigars smoked, and Poke Bowls were munched.

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Eventually, the raison d’être, the horse racing started. Money passed through wickets or on computer terminals and soon winners and losers become apparent. The crowd thinned, but the party carried on into the evening.

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

Let’s not forget one of the day’s most popular attractions – the Style Stakes.

Eboye Porbeni was crowned the 2017 Belle Du Jour, and Prevail, the Gallant Sartorial.

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

And the first-ever People’s Choice award went to The One by Seep Narula.

Photo by Cathy Browne

Photo by Cathy Browne

The Deighton Cup returns for its tenth year in 2018. See you there!

 

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