A September Kentucky Derby Party! Part 2

HOW TO IMPRESS WITH YOUR VISUAL DISPLAY

Decor wise, I love the idea of finding old trophies and putting roses in them. Filling julep cups with flowers is always a good idea too. I did that for my July wedding.  You can order Derby party supplies from many companies. Party City has some fun items.    https://www.partycity.com/kentucky-derby-party-supplies

Set up your display a few days ahead of time. That way, you can add more if you need to.  

PARTY FAVORS

This is perfect if you are hosting a Derby themed baby, bridal, wedding or birthday party.  You can get julep cups, purchase mini Woodford Reserve bottles, make a bit of simple syrup (it’s SO easy), paper straws and ribbon. Creative and festive.

Mint Julep Favors

Billie Light Tan Fedora

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HAT

Hat wise, you can go in many directions. Want something casual, wear Billie. This ivory fedora has a white band and gold bridle bit. This handmade hat is classic Kentucky and will go with most everything in your closet. Billie is from our Great Women and Great Hats line.  Named after Jazz legend, Billie Holiday, born Eleanora Fagan in 1915.

 Billie

Mary Navy Hepburn Brim With Green Hydrangeas and White Feathers

Want to be more dressy and go all out? Wear Mary from our Great Women and Great Hats line.  Handmade in our classic Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffanys shape, this hat is a winner. Named after Mary Kies, the first female to get a patent.  She wove silk with straw to make hats.

 Mary

Serena Pink Fascinator with Feathers

Loving the idea of a fascinator? We have many options. Serena is new and from our Great Women and Great Hats line.  We named this handmade one of a kind stunner after the legendary tennis player Serena Williams.  Serena was the former world No. 1 in women’s single tennis. The Women’s Tennis Association ranked Serena Williams world No. 1 eight different times between 2002 and 2017. In total, Williams has been No. 1 for 319 weeks. Serena has also won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, 14 women’s doubles, and 2 in mixed doubles, which is the most by anyone in the Open Era. Williams also represented the United States in the Olympics, and brought home 4 gold medals. 

Serena

 

TRY A HAT CONTEST!

Select an impartial attendee to pick his or her favorite!  Nothing spurs people to dress up more than a contest.  Encourage people to have fun with this. Some people have a hat parade. Awards can be for Most Original, Best Couple, Most Winner’s Circle Worthy, etc.  You get the idea.  While this trophy may be a little over the top, you get the idea!  

The most important thing with any party is how your guests feel.  Make them feel:

1. At home

2. Treasured

3. Important

Do those three things and they will remember your party for years. 

Also, take LOTS of pictures!

 

 
     

Sash & Bow

Sash & Bow is a boutique in Lexington, Kentucky that sells women’s clothing and accessories. Recently, we did a little Q/A with the owner, Sasha Bowlby. We asked her what trends she sees for the Summer and Fall, and we paired some of her outfits from the Sash & Bow website with some Polly Singer hats.

  • What trends do you see right now for the Summer season?
Sasha’s Answer:
Tie Dye (Everything): Accessories, Clothing (Tops, Bottoms, Dresses, etc)
Midi Dresses: Longer lengths are trending now (This is great for customers needing great pieces for work and/or work events)
Bright Bold Patterns
Fringe: Tops & Coats
Oversized Earrings/Necklaces 
Off Shoulder Tops/Dresses
  Sarah Jane Oversize Tan Sun Hat
  • What colors are currently popular?
Sasha’s Answer:
Bright Bold Patterns (I’m seeing a lot of patterns being designed off of artwork from different artists which is a great way to make unique pieces)
Tie Dye of all variations
Camouflage of all variations (I’m a camo girl, so I’m loving this!) 
  Helen White Panama Fedora Ladies Hat
  • What ideas do you have for designs for the Fall?
Sasha’s Answer:
Comfortable Clothing/Tracksuits/Sweat suits/ Soft Materials – Thanks to Quarantine and the unknown of the virus for Fall I think a lot of brands will incorporate a more casual/comfortable look in their pieces.
 
  • Do you see people wearing more Summer or Fall inspired looks to the Derby this year since it is in September?
Sasha’s Answer:
Fingers crossed that this will happen with spectators. I think people will trend more towards summer looks over fall. The weather is typically still warm so I think that they will be able to get away with it. I’m sure most boutiques are hoping for this to help move inventory that didn’t sell in the spring due to the shutdown. Maybe instead of hats being the big accessory it may be masks this year to match your dresses/outfits. 
  Marilyn Monroe Cream Feather Fascinator Hat for Ascot
  • What colors do you think will be popular for the Fall?
Sasha’s Answer:
I’m seeing a lot of jewel tones so far for fall. Camo and animal print are everywhere again this year. I have several styles on order in cheetah/snakeskin/cow prints. There are also a few lines carrying some pastel prints in both tops and bottoms to mix and match. 
 

Summer 2020 New Casual Hats

Introducing Polly Singer Couture Hats’ new Summer 2020 Casual Hat Line. These hats are perfect for everyday wear during the Summer, but they can also be dressed up! There is nothing more classic than a straw hat for the Summertime, and Polly Singer has designed a whole new line to provide her clients with the most fashionable summer hats. These hats will make your outfit effortlessly gorgeous. These hats are not only beautiful, but the wider-brimmed ones will also help protect you from the sun. Who says fashion and functionality don’t go together? Whether you choose a more dramatic design like Sarah Jane, or a smaller look like Mona, you are sure to steal the show this summer!

Shelby–Shelby is an over size white travel sun hat with an 8 wide wired brim.
 
Off white, natural (a light tan), dark pink, robins egg blue, azure blue, dark navy (not shown), black and dark pink. See photo at bottom for details.)
Monica–Monica is a sage-colored oversized sun hat. Brown feathers, a brown button, and a gold emblem reading “I Love You to the Moon and Back” adorn this lovely hat.
 
Isabelle–Isabelle is an oversized panama sun hat with an 8 inch brim.
 
Off white, natural (a light tan), dark pink, robins egg blue, azure blue, dark navy (not shown), black and dark pink. See photo at bottom for details.)
Mandy–Mandy is a tan panama straw fedora with macramé trim and clear crystal beads.
 
Sarah Jane–Sarah Jane is oversize tan sun hat with a wired 8 inch wide brim.
   
Off white, natural (a light tan), dark pink, robins egg blue, azure blue, dark navy (not shown), black and dark pink. See photo at bottom for details.)
Fina–Fina is a light tan, high grade, parisisal straw hat with a turquoise-colored howlite stone.
 
Penny–Penny is an oversized navy panama hat with howlite turquoise colored stones.
 
Mona–Mona is a white panama straw fedora with a vegan snakeskin band, a vegan black leather accent, and a silver buckle.
   
Lillith–Lillith is a lovely camel wool fedora with a floppy brim.
 

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Spring 2018 Fashion Colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before I got into fashion design, I had no idea how fashion colors were selected.   As a student at F.I.T., I learned about Pantone and color forecasting.  Pantone 2018 Spring Summer trends feature meadowlark yellow, little boy blue, cherry tomato, blooming dahlia, pink lavender and ultra violet among others.  These are fun colors to work with and easily incorporated into a hat or fascinator for the Kentucky Derby or any other event where you want to wear something festive.

Pantone 2018 Spring Fashion Colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is how the color experts at Pantone describe the colors for Spring/Summer 2018

PANTONE 13-0646 Meadowlark
The bold and lively Meadowlark, a confident and outgoing bright yellow shade highlights the spring 2018 season, glistening with joy and illuminating the world around us.
 
PANTONE 17-1563 Cherry Tomato
Impulsive Cherry Tomato is a tempestuous orangey red that exudes heat and energy. Demanding attention, this courageous, never to be ignored shade is viscerally alive.
 
PANTONE 16-4132 Little Boy Blue
With the expectation of the clear blue sky, Little Boy Blue is no longer for little boys only. Suggestive of expansiveness and continuity, this azure blue shade reassures us with its promise of a new day.
 
Newmarket  would be a fun choice to showcase that Little Boy Blue color.  Newmarket works great with any hair color.  This hand made fascinator features a lace stretched over a base.
 
Newmarket
 
PANTONE 18-1440 Chili Oil
Seasoned yet season-less, Chili Oil is an earthy brown based red that adds flavorful definition to the spring 2018 palette.
 
PANTONE 14-3207 Pink Lavender
Pink Lavender is a soft and romantic violet rose that charms with its soothing sense of quiescence.
 
PANTONE 15-1520 Blooming Dahlia
With its seemingly suggestive scent, the subtly alluring Blooming Dahlia beckons us with its understated appeal.
 
PANTONE 16-5533 Arcadia
Hinting at retro yet at the same time modern, Arcadia is a cooler, cleaner take on green; its tinge of blue undertone takes us into a new direction for the spring 2018 season.
 
To bring Arcadia into your Kentucky Derby ensemble, try a dash of Peppermint.
This handmade fascinator features Arcadia color lace over a custom Polly Singer base.
 
Peppermint
 
PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet
Conveying originality and ingenuity, the magical Ultra Violet is a distinctive and complex purple shade that fascinates and intrigues.
 
PANTONE 18-1028 Emperador
The rich chocolate infused brown Emperador adds strength and substance to the spring 2018 palette.
 
PANTONE 12-2103 Almost Mauve
With its gentle petal like touch, delicate and ephemeral Almost Mauve adds a sense of nostalgia to the spring 2018 palette.
 
PANTONE 17-3020 Spring Crocus
Witty and expressive, Spring Crocus is a flamboyant and tantalizing fuchsia shade that summons you in with its beguiling charm.
 
PANTONE 13-0550 Lime Punch
Sharp and pungent, Lime Punch hits a chord with its strident and striking citrus like presence in the spring 2018 color palette.
 
If you find yourself totally confused as to which hat to pick to wear with any of these colors, try a neutral such as Eclipse.
Eclipse