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Friday, May 3, 2013

Lex What Wear: Celebrating Derby NYC style is different, but Kentucky definitely in the mix


By Alex McLean
KyForward columnist

What do you get when you get two Kentucky transplants in New York City putting their heads together on Derby Day? A Derby party NYC style!

My very first Derby party in the big city will include all the Kentucky essentials: fabulous dresses, statement hats, fun fascinators, and lots of hot browns and mint juleps. My roommate, a University of Kentucky graduate, and I have planned a party that we hope will have all of our NYC friends wanting to visit the great state we call home very soon.

Since I’m now a New York resident, however, I’ve decided to veer away from my traditional Derby attire and add a little city edge. Yes that’s right… I’m attempting a country-meets-city look that I hope hits just the right note.

To make it happen, I’ve selected a strapless floral dress (above) that’s black in color but feminine (remember, in NYC black is everything!). To Southern-it-up I’ve added classic pearl accessories, and a simple, sling-back heel. I’m going with a modern fascinator that includes a stunning veil. This piece was made custom for my outfit by the one and only Satya Twena. Lastly, I’ll be carrying a red Marc Jacobs clutch that brings out the rose color in the dress. All together, I think it definitely strikes the right balance. What do you think?

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For decorations, we’ve chosen the official Kentucky Derby logo napkins, plates, etc., shown at left. And on the menu? What else but mini hot brown sandwhiches, mint juleps, Derby-style pie and pecan pie.

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And while we’re on the subject of Derby – and my first NYC Derby party – here are the picks my roommate and I are sharing with our guests, thanks to my brother Brad, who is proving to be fairly knowledgeable on the subject (or lucky, maybe).

1.) Revolutionary – Todd Pletcher (trainer), Calvin Borel (jockey)

2.) Orb – Shug Mcgaughey (Trainer), Joel Rosario (jockey)

3.) Goldencents – Doug O’neil (Trainer), Kevin Krigger (jockey)

Longshot picks:

Frac Daddy – Ken McPeek (trainer) Victor Lebron (jockey)
Itsmyluckyday – Eddie Plesa Jr. (trainer) Elvis Trujillo (jockey)

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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