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Friday, April 26, 2013

Lex What Wear: Hat first, dress second
and other tips for a fashionable Derby Day

By Alex McLean
KyForward columnist
 

Here are four of my favorite hats for Derby season, all designed by Satya Tweena.

Note: I’ve got a jam-packed column this week, so don’t stop until you read the part about a hot new Lexington jewelry designer. You’ll get to see photos of some of my favorite items from her collection, too.
 

Now, to the business at hand: Derby! Although I’m in New York City, that doesn’t mean I’m not in a Derby frame of mind. In fact, I’m hosting a Derby party up here that, hopefully, will keep my mind off the fact that I’m not in my beloved Bluegrass State.
 

Derby is absolutely one of my favorite occasions, mainly because, well, you guessed it: the fashion! (I love to bet on the gray horse, too, if there’s a gray horse.)
 

Several of you have asked me for some fashion tips for your Derby celebrations. Here are the three biggies:
 

1. Hat first, dress second.
2. Dress to impress.
3. Go big or go home.
 

More specifically, I’m loving statement necklaces, wide-brim hats and fascinators (the bigger the better), hats with veils, dresses with pops of color, and any and all equestrian accessories.
 

And even more specifically, if you choose a fascinator, wear it more forward on your head. Let it be present. You can create more sex appeal with a a veil that lightly covers one eye.
 

Lastly, no matter what you choose to wear this Derby Day, just be you – and have fun! That’s what it’s all about anyway.
 

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Speaking of the Derby – and fashion – you might be interested in a very special fashion show coming up this Sunday, April 28. It’s the University of Kentucky Woman’s Club’s “RUNway for the Roses,” at 2 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Signature Club at Lansdowne in Lexington.
 

The latest trends for ages 2 to 102 will be on display, with the help of many of the city’s great boutiques and retailers, including: Anthropologie, Bella Rose, Caught ya Lookin’, Coldwater Creek, Chicos, Hopscotch, Monkees and Versona Accessories. Best of all, the proceeds (runway tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door) benefit the club’s scholarship aid fund for nontraditional students. For information about purchasing tickets, contact Denise DiSantis at 336-529-1030.
 

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I also wanted to tell you about another fashion show – the annual “Thick Ma’Dame Fashion Show” – which took place last Sunday at the Lyric Theatre. The show gave hat designer and clothing buyer Sophia Rucker Ellis of Lost Crowns in Lexington a chance to showcase part of her collection. The show, put on in conjunction with Uniqueness Unlimited Modeling Productions. Here is a photo of some of Sophia’s hats and the models from what she called a “very successful” event.
 


 

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Lela Ray Jewelry, designed by the uber-talented Lindsay Combs of Lexington, has hit the market and is leaving a lasting impression, including on me — I’ll take that wing bracelet, Lindsay!
 

Lindsay Combs

Lela Ray gets its name from Lindsay’s late grandmother, and the new designs draw inspiration from vintage pieces found anywhere and everywhere, including antique galleries and estate sales.
 

“I use a lot of vintage pieces that I destroy and then put back together in a new creative way. I also love using many antique and vintage buttons- especially military buttons,” Lindsay said.
 

All Lela Ray pieces range from $10 to $60. The most expensive pieces are made of rare finds or have components of sterling silver, real copper, etc. You can now shop Lela Ray Jewelry on Etsy. And please make sure you support Lindsay’s designs by following Lela Ray on Facebook. (P.S. – Keep an eye out for Lindsay’s rose button earrings coming soon to Lela Ray Jewelry. Half of the profits from these gorgeous earrings will go to Juvenile Diabetes Research — a cause near and dear to Lindsay’s heart.)
 

Here are a few of Lela Ray must-haves!
 


 
 


 
 


 
 

Alex McLean writes daily for LexWhatWear.com, a Lexington style-spotting blog she created for people who love to read about what’s hot … and sometimes what’s not … in fashion. She also shares lifestyle tips, creative ideas and stories about local fashionistas and others who inspire – live from New York City, where she now lives.
 

For more of Alex’s Lex What Wear columns, click here.

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