Best Dressed: Looking Back … And Forward

| August 24, 2011

All things change in time, especially fashion.

It’s been five short years since the first Best Dressed of Louisville dazzled audiences in 2006 with a high-fashion runway show and an unforgettable night filled with great food, cocktails and the crowning of the Best Dressed women in Louisville.

The event has changed through the years – men and couples categories were added in 2008 – and several of the fashions we once adored at our Best Dressed event have become a thing of the past.

The late designer Alexander McQueen, whose work will be featured at BD2011, once said, “It’s a new era in fashion – there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.”

Despite the constant evolution of style, the key to looking and dressing your best is often a simple, timeless answer.

We asked some past Best Dressed winners their secrets to looking fashionable and what they believe it takes to be considered the Best Dressed of Louisville.

What does it mean to be Best Dressed?
“It is always nice to be recognized for something that you love: fashion and design. It is especially rewarding to join others at the Best Dressed event to raise money for charities!”
– Libby Rush, 2007 BD winner

What’s one item you can never have enough of when it comes to clothing and dressing your best?
“Polished shoes. Your shoes are a good indicator of the type of person you are. It is important to have cleaned and polished shoes!”
– Larry Sinclair, 2009 BD winner

How has your style changed since you won Best Dressed and how has it changed over the years?
“Since 2006 my style hasn’t changed but my attitude has. After turning 50 I’ve taken my elegant, classic edgy look and added uber fun! You’ll see that from my “Mad Men” look I’m wearing Saturday night. I’m looking forward to seeing the gals who will be added to our Best Dressed Sorority.”
– Chris Fulkerson, 2006 BD winner

Who is your biggest inspiration when trying to look and dress your best?
“I would have to say Jennifer Aniston. She’s athletic, trim and has that all-American girl next door look! Everything looks good on her. From shorts to formal wear, she exudes style and elegance.”
– Annie Locke, 2009 BD winner

How would you define your Best Dressed style?
“Dressing is an expression of who you are. It should make you feel good. It’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it.”
– David Son, 2009 BD winner

Where does a Best Dressed winner shop?
“Circe and anywhere in Westport Village, Blink and Clodhoppers.”
– Colleen Underhill, 2008 BD winner

What is one item every person should have in their closet?
“A power suit. A great power suit that makes you feel confident and in charge and really good about yourself.”
– Patti Swope, 2007 BD winner

How does a Best Dressed couple dress? Is there any sort of coordination with your outfits?
“I can tell you that it’s mostly spontaneous. We don’t try to match. We both stick with our own personal styles and just try to wing it; but sometimes we’ll just ask each other what color you’re wearing so we don’t totally clash.”
– Dr. Sarah Mizuguchi, 2010 BD winner with her husband, Dr. Nana Mizuguchi

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Angie Fenton
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.

Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.

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