Kentucky Derby

Colorful, classic, sentimental: Derby fashions carefully chosen

Julie Headley's long, striped dress was from Cache and her hat was from Dee's. Husband Dan Headley's bow tie was from Kohl's. The couple are from Sellersburg, Ind.
Julie Headley's long, striped dress was from Cache and her hat was from Dee's. Husband Dan Headley's bow tie was from Kohl's. The couple are from Sellersburg, Ind. Herald-Leader

Derby style was in full force with a mix of vintage pieces, designer fashions and colorful one-of-a-kind accessories.

Alissa Gallagher of Washington, D.C., chose blues and greens for her ensemble.

"I just kept coming back to the peacock," she said of the cloche-style teal hat accented with peacock feathers. Her classic-style strapless J. Crew dress and open-toe wedges were paired with an oversized woven straw clutch.

Gallagher persuaded her husband, Todd, to wear a pair of vibrant teal-colored Cole Haan wingtips.

All it took was "a little pep talk," she said.

Kathy Donovan of Kansas City discovered her vintage hat at a shop there.

"I feel like I'm wearing an antique," she said.

Tiny cream-colored silk hydrangea blooms covered the emerald-green top and brim. The shop's proprietor had told her that the headpiece was from a 1960s collection of former Derby hats.

Jesse Hughes, an accountant from Evans, Ga., wore a black-and-white pinstripe suit.

"I wear a suit every day, 24-7, since I was 14," he said. "I love suits."

His necktie featured color photo images of his son, Desmond, who died in an auto accident last year. His horseshoe-shaped gold lapel pin was a gift from the owner of the spot where he has parked for Derby for the past 15 years.

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