This past weekend I was fortunate to be a guest of Longines, the exquisite timepiece for equestrians fans and beyond, at the 141st Kentucky Derby. They are also happen to be the official sponsor of the weekend events. What an incredible thrill, as I am a horse racing fan and a fashion fanatic, the perfect combination.
What you wear is just as important as the 3 year old colts running the 10 furlongs to the finish line. It’s a long honored tradition to make a splash with regards to ones ensembles. Oversized hats are a must for women and this year the fascinator (the head band version) took center stage thanks to Kate Middleton. The ladies attire was feminine and sophisticated, the sheath dress was the “go to” dress paired with a lip and a heel. The men were equally dapper, with seersucker suits, oxfords, walking sticks (yep) and straw fedoras. I felt like I was walking into a Great Gatsby novel.
Saturday before the Derby, The Longines Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest is held, now an annual tradition and equally as important as the race itself. On this day, women flock midday to the pink carpet with a numbered paddle in hand to the podium dressed in their “best”. Donning their frocks to twirl around in front of the celebrity judges. Some wear head to toe in various shades of pink matching the carpet, in support of breast cancer awareness. This year’s panel of judges included Monte Durham (What Not to Wear), Mikaela Shiffrin (All American champion skier), and Akcia Quarles (E! News) had the arduous task of selecting the one woman out of 200 to be this year’s winner of the Longines Conquest Classic timepiece and the title of Ms. Longines Kentucky Oaks Fashion Content. Although I was honored to be selected to walk the carpet and be judged, in the end a beautifully dressed woman, wearing vintage and carrying a champagne bucket as a purse (awesome) took the prize.
I was truly honored to be part of the record breaking crowd for The Run of the Roses and big congratulations to American Pharaoh for winning the race. It truly is the most exciting two minutes in sports and a spectacular ALL weekend fashion show.
I have included some of the very on-point (fashionably speaking) attendants in their fashions. Thanks to those who allowed me to shutter bug them.
All the best- xo CK