So, the recovery of Derby weekend has finally occurred. I know you’ve heard a few tales of the time, but here’s how my night went down…
On the eve of the Kentucky Derby 138, I was cast into the constellation of stars– know simply as, The Julep. Celebrities and the who’s who of Louisville joined in an evening in support of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The Galt House was filled with love, laughter and of course, great fashion as guests filed in to party with a purpose. But before anyone could enter the grand ballroom, they had to first pass me. Dressed Behavior took this opportunity to style stalk and loved what we saw! We welcomed them graciously into Wardrobe’s Winners Circle.
First up was Louisville’s Football Savior, Charlie Strong. He wore a simple black tux, but was amazingly accessorized by his lovely wife — in a monochromatic, fuscha look by designer, Nicole Miller. The couple was a class act.
Following behind, the Kentucky Derby Princess sparkled and shimmered their way down the red carpet in an assortment of colors. They weren’t shy as all five posed and worked the cameras like professionals. And keeping it in the family of royalty–Miss Kentucky herself, Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo stopped and chatted about her look by designer Zahahd Shokhi. I’ll admit, it was a daring choice, but beautiful nonetheless. She shared that she opted for something that was more modern and not as “pageant like.” When asked about her standard go-to look, Jessica shared that she loves “day to evening looks that can be transformed with a simple adding or subtracting of a piece.”
I was particularly pleased with the gentleman. All classic in black tie, but some with a twist. Actor Jonathan Kite wore an ivory dinner jacket with a pink shirt in his support of breast cancer. While Project Runway designer, Christian Siriano dressed his look down. He revealed that he never likes to work to hard on his looks. He simply throws on what he loves! However, he admires the look of 70’s rock stars like Jagger.
Another favorite of mine were actors David Arquette, Vanessa Bell- Calloway and attorney turned television personality, Star Jones. All who shared on commonality — they had no clue as to who they were wearing. Ms. Jones shared that her techni-colored dream dress was a Paris original, although the name on the designer escaped her. When asked about her go-to style, she explained that she “wasn’t into fashion,” she wears clothes that reflect how she’s currently feeling. I expressed that she was OBVIOUSLY felling sexy when she got dressed! Given the low neck line, even lower back and above knee length of the cocktail dress.
I asked Star’s best friend, Mrs. Bell-Calloway, to turn around as I looked at her tags to reveal that she also wore a design by Nicole Miller.
While Arquette searched his tags as well, unable to say for certain who’s name was etched on the label. However, it was a classic, black 3 piece, slim fit suit — completely flattering to his slender build.
Needless to say, the event was a success. Good food, good music and good fashion. Thank you Julep — mission complete!