“C’mon Dover, move your bloomin’ arse!”
As an interior designer, I am constantly inspired by fashion. Just like your home is a reflection of who you are, fashion is a reflection of you — except you get to change it everyday!! When I was a little girl, my favorite movie was My Fair Lady and like many other girls Audrey Hepburn has always been a style icon for me. The vision of her as Eliza Doolittle at the Ascot racecourse in her spectacular black-and-white hat and gorgeous gown was really my first introduction to the world of high fashion and the culture of horse racing.
As the Kentucky Derby approaches this weekend, there’s no better place to see all sorts of fashion than at the Derby and the parties — it’s a sporting event and a fashion show all in one! Dressing for “the most exciting 2 minutes in sports” is something that I have really had fun with and last week I filmed a segment with NBC and Linda Pagan, proprietress of The Hat Shop, on how I selected my hat and picked my outfits for the Kentucky Derby party this year. Click here to see the video segment and read a brief history about hats at the Derby.
To my friends shopping for a hat this week, I would suggest taking a simple dress you already own and spend your time and money on a fabulous hat! Personally, I pick a classic style with lots of details, and stick to neutral colors so it’s very easy for me to match my hat with something I already have in my closet. And I always visit Linda for the perfect chapeau at her shop on Thompson Street in SoHo.