Are you ready for spring fashion like you’ve never seen it before?
Christine Fellingham, show producer and styling consultant for the annual Macy’s Spring Fashion Show presented by the Kentucky Derby Festival, seems more than excited about the fashion she wore to the March 31st runway show at Caesars Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Indiana .
“There’s an exciting vibe to fashion this spring. It’s like everything is a pleasure to behold,” Fellingham told The Courier Journal. “You’ll see high-powered colors, bold details, and mood-inspired dresses that are more like works of art.”
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If you don’t have a ticket to the annual spring fashion show, don’t worry. We have some of the key details and fashion tips you will want to shop for this spring for your top notch Kentucky Derby outfit.
While we know this article is nowhere as fun as watching the Macy’s Spring Fashion Show, perhaps setting the scene will help. Before you start reading Fellingham’s fashion tips, pick up your favorite pop tunes, grab a glass of champagne, and visualize yourself on the runway in each of these spring trends.
Have a good derby!
Add solar-powered color to your Kentucky Derby outfit
Color is the biggest trend of the spring / summer 2022 season. Step aside, narrowing purple, this is a season of bold and bright.
“I describe the colors of the season as ‘solar powered’,” said Fellingham. “I mean beautiful bright colors that you would see in a fantastic sunrise or sunset.”
More specifically, get ready for a vibrant, crackling color palette that includes lime green, saturated yellow, classic Kelly green, bright blue, crackling pink, and sunset orange.
“On the other side of all these bright colors, we have white from head to toe,” he said. “The way forward for spring is bright or white.”
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Micro or macro hems are this year for your Kentucky Derby outfit
“The hems are micro or macro,” said the fashion expert. “The middy is still around, but it’s not the cutting edge look anymore. What’s super cool is extremely short or crazy long.”
If you opt for a hem that skims the ground, Fellingham said the trend is not only very long, but also wavy and voluminous. And the short hems are best described as micro-mini that show a lot of legs.
Bold details are the biggest spring fashion trend 2022
In addition to bright colors, the designers lure shoppers to the store shelves with oodles of striking details. This year, fashion is fun again.
“You’ll find details like lacing and fringing and lots of unusual textures at play, like crinkled fabric with a popcorn texture,” Fellingham said. “I think designers are trying to innovate and put details in places you aren’t used to seeing them in ways that make you want to stop and shop.”
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Get ready for revealing cutouts, one-shoulder dresses and tops, sheer mesh, big big bows, body-length ruffles, and lots of pleats – all of which make clothing look like something you’ve never owned before.
Add some sequins or glitter to your Kentucky Derby outfit
If you’ve never thought about wearing sequins to the park, to work, or to a casual date, this is your season to shine. Traditionally reserved for red carpets and gala events, sequins and other shiny details are popular at any time of day and almost anywhere you choose to wear them for spring 2022 fashion.
According to Fellingham, the glitz and glamor of evening wear is manifested in dazzling athletic shoes, shoes, t-shirts and accessories.
“The designers have taken the comfort of the pandemic and converted it into more fashionable clothes,” she said. “They want people to look great but feel comfortable while dazzling.”
What men should wear to the Kentucky Derby in 2022
Men’s suits are also blurring the line between night and day this season. Designers are displaying more gender-bender looks like boys’ tunics and also a plethora of spring flowers, bright colors and interesting details. And for the Kentucky Derby, expect to see a lot of pink.
“Men’s fashion continues to evolve, which means it’s a lot more fun and a lot less khaki,” Fellingham said.
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The perfect shoes for your Kentucky Derby outfit
The interesting details that designers hope you want to wear extend all the way to your socks in spring. Sky-high platforms are an on-trend shoe style, as are heels in a variety of textured and unusual shapes. And, like everywhere this spring, don’t skimp on color. Shoes in canary yellow, fuchsia and lime green will add a fresh pop of color to any outfit.
“The rules are pretty slippery right now. There is a lot of leeway and options to create your own style in fashion this season,” said Fellingham. “Keep in mind that designers are trying very hard to get us out of the boring, stretchy clothes we got so used to during the pandemic and into beautiful, gorgeous clothes that are also incredibly comfortable.”
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IF YOU GO
WHAT: Macy’s Spring Fashion Show presented by the Kentucky Derby Festival. The Kentucky Derby Festival’s premier fashion event begins with cocktail and boutique shopping at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm and a fashion show at 8:00 pm in the showroom. At the show, guests will have the opportunity to shop the looks from the shows and see the latest spring styles.
WHERE IS IT: Caesars Southern Indiana, 11999 Casino Center Dr. SE, Elizabeth, Indiana.
WHEN: March 31st from 5.30pm to 9pm
- Second floor lounge: $ 65 (includes appetizers, two drink tickets, and a reserved seat for the show)
- First Floor Showroom: $ 95 or $ 950 for a table of 10 (includes reserved seating for dinner and show
MORE INFORMATION: All tickets include a Fashion Show Event Pin and can be purchased online at KDF.org or by calling 502-584-FEST. You must be at least 21 years old to participate.