What happens when you combine the influences of the brilliant late British designer Alexander McQueen and the Louisville Ballet? Attend The Voice-Tribune’s Best Dressed of Louisville Presented by Churchill Downs and you’ll find out how combining the two dynamic forces will mesh into one spectacular show that will – we promise – be unforgettable.
While we don’t want to give away too much about this year’s fete, which takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, we can tell you guests won’t know what hit them.
“Each year I think it’s going to be impossible to top the last,” said Best Dressed 2011 Chair Lori Kommor, “but I tell you, we’ve done it again.”
The Best Dressed committee has worked relentlessly to provide guests with a fashion event like no other. For months, The Voice-Tribune’s Managing Director Tracy Blue has worked alongside Kommor, Best Dressed Creative Director Douglas Riddle, Design Director Ron Wolz and Project Manager Lauren DePaso, and the hours have more than paid off.
“We’ve put together the hottest fashion event in the city,” said Riddle, who gleaned the show’s concept after attending the opening of Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” exhibit at the Met and then watching the Louisville Ballet’s performance of “The Rite of Spring,” choreographed by Adam Hougland.
“This year will have much more of a European influence. The whole show sort of plays off of Alexander McQueen shows, but we’ve also done some special things with the ballet,” said Riddle, who is president of Bittners.
Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Simpson looks forward to showcasing the progressive, contemporary choreography of the United States’ sixth oldest ballet company within the context of what Riddle said will be an “edgy but beautiful” Best Dressed.
“Much like the fashion industry, we have to at all times remain cognizant of social and artistic trends, not only locally but internationally,” Simpson said. “Certainly the ‘Savage Beauty’ of the Alexander McQueen exhibit and the edgy urban environment of ‘The Rite of Spring’ have common threads. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with (The Voice-Tribune). Douglas has been a truly creative partner in bringing together people and ideas, which I am sure will result in a fabulous and inspiring evening for all involved.”
Once again, Joseph’s Salon & Spa will style hair for the Heyman Talent models who will walk the runway in makeup by MAC Cosmetics and fashions from Boutique Serendipity, Circe, Clodhoppers, Dressing Room, Nyam’s, Rodeo Drive, Rodes For Him & For Her and Sunny Daize.
Each boutique will also feature one look that would be fitting to wear to Breeders’ Cup (Nov. 4-5).
And – for the first time – presenting sponsor Churchill Downs will dress models in several looks from Vineyard Vines, which first teamed up with the corporation at this year’s Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs and the East Coast prep-wear clothing company will partner once again with a new fall line to be debuted at Best Dressed.
Lest we forget, Kommor reminded, “Best Dressed is as much about the fashion and our fabulous guests as it is the benefiting charity, Dress for Success Louisville.”
Since Best Dressed 2010, the charity has suited more than 400 women and launched the Career Transformation Center. “We are now helping women not only get ready on the outside but on the inside with training and skills to get a job and advance at work,” said Executive Director Betty J. Fox. “We were so blown away just to be chosen (as the benefiting charity) and then, to attend the event was like being at the most extravagant, high-fashion runway show ever. But being presented with $20,000 and surprising our board of directors and all our guests at our annual luncheon with the check was truly the icing on the cake. There may be a dollar sign involved, but it was truly priceless.”
The Voice-Tribune’s Best Dressed of Louisville Presented by Churchill Downs
7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011
Louisville Marriott Downtown
Cast Your Vote
Dress for Success Louisville
309 Guthrie St.
Best Dressed 2011 Tickets
VIP Lounges for 10: $2,500
Tables of 6: $1,200
Tables of 4: $800
Runway seating: $130/person
Contact: 502.897.8900 or bestdressed.eventbrite.com
Best Dressed 2011 Official After-Party
106 W. Main St.
Best Dressed 2011 Sponsors
Chambord & Chambord Vodka
Little Black Dress
CaloSpa Rejuvenation Center
Joseph’s Salon & Spa
Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse
T. Gerald O’Daniel, MD
Rodes For Him and For Her
Korbel California Champagne
Optik by Korrect
About the Author (Author Profile)
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.