Get your Derby and spring fashion fix early this year – and feel darn good about it- at the re-styled, re-located Runway for the Roses benefiting The Center for Women and Families to be held at The Kentucky Center for the Arts on Thursday, March 24.
This favorite pre-Derby primer, presented by Dillard’s, will feature great food, amazing fashion and a unique and exclusive shopping opportunity that will allow guests first dibs on top-of-the-line designer fashions.
Designers to be represented include Rebecca Moses, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Max Azria and French Connection. There also will be a festive tapas-style buffet and a mini-makeover bar with application and technique tips by expert make-up artists.
If this isn’t enough to get your inner fashionista excited, just take a peek at the always stylish list of committee members, and you know you’ll be in for a stellar event. I would take fashion tips (and do!) from this primo group anytime: Julia Carstanjen, Janet Conti, Christian Driesbach, Sara Haynes, Kim Sexton, Stephanie Hall, Karen Hall, Jill Reading, Mark Eliason, Allison Shelton, Maureen Driesbach and event chair, Martha Bryce.
And to top it all off, Voice-Tribune columnist, Angie Fenton, will lead us through the evening as the emcee.
What is your must-have item for Derby?
“I just purchased my Derby/spring must-have jewelry accessory at Dressing Room. They have exquisite jewelry pieces that will make any outfit you wear to the track or to dinner extraordinary.”
- Stephanie Kaye Hall
“Derby fashion to me, means great shoes, but they not only have to look great, they must be comfortable enough to walk around in ALL day., I like to wear high heels, but the brick walkways at the track are “˜heel eaters,’ so, I generally go with a chunky heel or wedges. And I always try them out for a day to be certain that they will be comfortable.”
- Janet Conti
“My must have spring/Derby accessory are nude patent peep-toe heels. You can wear them with everything, and they will make your legs look extra long and lean!”
- Jill Reading
“I am hosting several out-of-town friends for their first Kentucky Derby this year and I have to say we’ve been discussing hats for months! It may be clichÃ©, but it’s the most fun, unique and expressive accessory for Derby., However, after the past couple years, I am definitely giving more planning into a rain jacket!”
- Alison Shelton
“Statement necklaces! It seems that this year, more than ever, there is something for everyone: bold colors to make an all-black outfit “˜pop’, subtle gold and silver to complement spring ensembles, both delicate for the feminine look and chunky for the more-is-more-crowd.”
- Christian Dreisbach
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In addition to her duties as a society columnist and photographer, Shari Baughman handles business and community relations for The Voice-Tribune.