Derby Days: The Hat

Today we’re kicking off day #2 of Derby Days on LWW and we’re talking about the single, most important piece to the Derby wardrobe puzzle. You know what I’m talking about… THE HAT! Whether you’re a fascinator girl or a traditional hat girl, the rule for “how to wear” stays the same: GO BIG OR GOR HOME.

If you’re a little late in the game and still need the perfect hat for your dress, do NOT worry. Today I want to take a chance to encourage all of my KY folks to shop local. I’ve found 3 amazing Kentucky designers that you should definitely try before hitting the department stores. Information for each designer is listed below with their photographs.

KENZIE KAPP — SHOP NOW!

Kenzie Kapp of Louisville, KY launched Kenzie Kapp, LLC. in 2008 and has been turning heads ever since. No really, her stuff is GORGEOUS! A customized-hat designed by Kenzie will be sure to enhance  any look for a special occasion, like the Derby.

FASHION AT THE RACES — SHOP NOW!

I met the fabulous faces behind Fashion at the Races this time last year, and they haven’t stopped amazing me since with their eye for style. Their one-stop-site has it all when it comes to the world of racing and Derby fashion. This year you can shop several, fabulous designs from a number of talented milliners (Amuse being one of them).

HEADCANDI — SHOP NOW!

Founded in 2003 by designer Britni Lynn Knable, hEADcANDi specializes in hand crafted fashion forward hats, fascinators, and accessories for the races. I found Britni through a fashion blog I read daily (Atlantic Pacific). Her designs are simply stunning, affordable, and one-of-a-kind. I highly recommend Britni for your Derby and wedding accessories. 

 PS - Don’t forget to “TALK DERBY TO ME”!! Send me your pics from your Derby celebration so I can share on Lex What Wear. Email me: alex@lexwhatwear.com

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Fashion at the Races

Last week I posted a little information about the first-ever American version of the Fashion at the Races Fashion Show. This style-infused event was hosted at Keeneland this past Saturday, and despite some pretty yucky weather, the hats were awe-inspiring and the fashion was fabulous!

Fashion at the Races got its start in Austrailia and quickly became a popular event known for big personalities, big fashion, and even bigger headwear. The Austrailians consider Fashion at the Races a prime opportunity to show off the fanciest of duds among the who’s who of racing. This event is a HUGE statewide celebration of all that we love about the races – city glamour, country style, and regional pride. Male and Female contestants strut their stuff on the runway to win some of the most sought-after prizes, including new cars, big jewels, and lots of $$ cash money!

So why not bring something so extravagant to America, and especially to the horse capital of the world? Lucky enough for me, I had a front-row seat at the American version of the event at Keeneland. The Keeneland Gift Shop was a proud sponsor of the event, and we were able to open up shop in the middle of all the action. Host Kristen Pflum of LEX18 was the entertaining host and TOPS in Lex photographed the excitement of the day.  I, of course, had to get a few pics to share. So here ya go, and make sure you follow these folks @Fashionattheraces.

A big Congrats to Fashion at the Races 2012 winners: Anne-Tyler Morgan and Mark Coley!!

Fashion show swag

Hard at work for Keeneland Gift Shop – Thanks TOPS for the photo!

Handmade hats by FORME

Sephora make-up station

A few of the girls from Sephora

One of the fabulous contestants

With Marci watching the first round of the ladies’ competition

Maker’s Mark cocktails

Edwin Rye prepping the Crittenden set-up

Fellow Lexington blogger Krista in the gorgeous white number! Check her blog: Serious Southern Shopaholic

Polly Singer hats

Fashion show contestant dressed in Keeneland Gift Shop merchandise

 

Job well done to Briana & Grant of Fashion at the Races!

XOXO – Alex

 

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