It was that time of the year again. The time to place bets, sip on delicious mint juleps, and pray for the winner. All while rocking the most fabulous millinery creations this season has to offer. If it sounds a bit familiar, that's right, it was Kentucky Derby time this past weekend And people all around from Louisville to New York were celebrating in full effect. If you couldn't make it to Kentucky, New York City had an array of elegant affairs to make your day, including a parties at the new Tequila Park at the Hudson Hotel and Eleven Madison Park.
At any Kentucky Derby event what always stands out, besides the horses, are the amazing hats and incredible fashion. And this year was no exception. This season's theme was floral and flirty. In past years you could have expected an array of oversized, and over dramatic, hats that tend to be a bystander buzz kill, but this year proved to be different. Couture was in full effect as stylish women opted for a dainty look often categorized by floral or feather detailing, and worn straight up and to the side. Ladies paired these with mini strapless dresses in floral and polka-dot and accessorized with statement and mixed metal jewelry. If she wanted to be a little more practical she chose a subtle wide brim hat that blocked the sun but didn't overwhelm the face. Again, this style stayed on trend with a floral motif, but could be set apart by unique detailing like beading or weaving. Dress detailing like pleated skirts and corseted waists also hit the mark. No lady is fit without her man. The gentlemen
stayed dapper in open collared shirts, hip bow ties
, color blocked suits, and of course stylish hats of their own. See more pictures here.
The Kentucky Derby takes place in spring, so spring time colors were all a blaze. Muted pastel tones often in pink, purple and yellow led the pack; while black never ceased to amaze as a classic and chic option for Derby-goers. Whether it was an oversized distaste or subtle sight to see, there is no doubt, this year's fashion at the Kentucky Derby came in second to none!