The Flowers, Fowl Feathers and Fierce Frippery of the Kentucky Derby


It rained Saturday during the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, and the inclement weather meant a lot of the hats were kept under wraps. That said, some VIP managed to don fine spring fashions and elaborate hats, in keeping with tradition.

Admit it: Joey Fatone looks great in pink gingham.

Matt Harris and Mark Harris aka The Kings of Swag went for a traditional Southern gentlemanly look.

There were quite a few black hats this year. Angela Bassett and Martina McBride kept things (relatively) simple.

Jennifer Tilly also went with black and white, in the spirit of Ascot Gavotte.

Miss America Mallory Hagan went black and yellow black and yellow black and yellow, Wiz Khalifa style.

Model/cheerleader/radio host Bonnie-Jill Laflin chose a black hat accented with pink. Big fan of the dramatic only-one-eye-shows swoop.

Country singer Jo Dee Messina wore a face-framing hat with fowl feathers. Pheasant, I believe?

More plumage: Star Jones, in matchy-matchy dress hem and hat.

Hold up: ’80s throwback? An actual aqua net? Sublime. Tell it to my heart, Taylor Dane.

Ready For Love‘s Angela Zatopek thinks pink.

Red hot, as always: Jane Seymour.

Peacocking the day away in much-needed splashes of color: Taunya Eshenbaugh and Tonya York Dees.

Teen race fans Chelsea Killman and Marlee Lathren made sure to top off elaborate hats with big smiles.

Kate Pierson of the B-52’s: A vision in green and pink. Love the way the colors brings out her eyes.

Bestselling author Nora Roberts looks like a million bucks in emerald, the color of the year.

Kentucky born and bred: Priscilla Barnstable and Patricia Barnstable. Definitely click that link for a vintage look at these two.

Stepping away from brights and heading to softer, gentler hues: Miranda Lambert paired sky blue with peachy beige.

A sugary sweet floral dress gets an edgy kick from badass heels as worn by Krysten Ritter. And the hat is perfection. She’s number 3 in my top 3 best-dressed.

Second place goes to Larry Birkhead and Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead aka Anna Nicole Smith‘s daughter, because OH MY GOD. Appealing/appalling over-the-top frippery, just how mom would like it.

But number one? For impeccable suit, incredible eye liner, spectacular lipstick and flat-out gorgeous hat: Coco Rocha. Damn you woman! Making everyone else look bad. Really bad.

Images via Getty.

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