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What to Wear to the 150th Running of the Kentucky Derby!

What to Wear to the 150th Running of the Kentucky Derby!

The 150th Running of the Kentucky Derby: Style Through the Decades

Seeing the evolution of Derby fashion through the years, from the chic simplicity of earlier decades to today's riot of colors and styles, is a reminder of the event's enduring appeal. The Kentucky Derby has always been more than just a day at the races, for me, it's a celebratory link to my Kentucky roots. Our Julep Collection, our first inspired by the Derby,  is a toast to this American tradition.


Held at the iconic Churchill Downs, the Derby has been a fixture in my life, weaving together memories of whimsical hats, bright colors, and fabulous spring dresses that capture the essence of the season and the south.

As the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby approaches, it's a fitting moment to reflect on the tapestry of style and tradition that has become as integral to this event as the race itself.

The Run for the Roses is more than just a horse race; it's a cultural experience that showcases the unique blend of southern charm and the exuberance of spring. The Derby is a festivity that embraces tradition while encouraging individual expression through fashion.

No discussion of Derby fashion is complete without mention of the hats. Whimsical, bold, and often breathtaking, these hats are not just accessories; they are statements. Whether it's a wide-brimmed hat festooned with feathers and flowers or a sleek, modern fascinator, each piece tells a story of personal style and the joy of the season.

Our Run for the Roses brocade pieces give a nod to the tradition of the roses that symbolize the Derby. Pairing these pieces with a vintage Dior hat, reminiscent of one that might have been worn by my grandmother, bridges generations through fashion.

Derby fashion has always celebrated femininity with a delightful twist. Ruffles and lace, hallmark elements of traditional southern dress, are reimagined in contemporary designs. These elements, combined with the luxurious textures of brocades and the softness of spring's best hues, create outfits that are both nostalgic and bold, timeless and of the moment.

As we look forward to the 150th running, it's clear that the Kentucky Derby will continue to be a showcase for the best of spring fashion, a place where tradition and innovation meet during the most exciting two minutes in sports. Whether it's through the whisper of lace, the richness of a brocade, or the statement of a hat, Derby fashion is a testament to the joy, the beauty, and the enduring charm of this quintessentially American event. Let's raise a glass to the next 150 years, where the spirit of the Derby will continue to inspire and captivate us all.


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