Kentucky Derby outfit trends from Macy’s 2022 Spring Fashion Show

Spring fashion exploded on stage at the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Macy’s Spring Fashion Show. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, this season’s on-trend looks were in full bloom at the 10th annual runway fashion event.

Creative consultant Christine Fellingham produced a spring-inspired fashion event featuring clothes and accessories from Macy’s, the show’s presentation sponsor, and looks from several local boutiques, including AFM Threads, Charlie’s Boutique, Da • by Apparel Co. , Darling State of Mind, GUESS?, Inc., Magnolia & Fig, Mamili, Note, Pretty Is As Pretty Does, Sapphire Boutique and That Cute Little Shop.

If you haven’t been able to make the trip to Caesars Southern Indiana, where the fashion show was held on Thursday, we’ll help you with the top five trends we saw on the runway at the annual Kentucky Derby Festival.

Bright, fluo colors are a must for your Kentucky Derby outfit

Model Tana Leggo shows a Derby look at the Kentucky Derby Festival / Macy's Spring Fashion Show 2022. Are Contributing Sponsors Guess?  Inc., Caesars Southern Indiana, J Michael's Spa & Salon and Radley London.  March 31, 2022

The hottest styles and spring fashion trends are back on the runway Thursday when Macy’s presents the Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show.

“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 and crackling color palette that includes lime green, saturated yellow, classic Kelly green, bright blue, hot pink, and sunset orange.

And if it doesn’t turn bright, try white from head to toe.

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Walking the runway we saw a white mini dress with a plunging neckline and a mesh-covered thigh slit paired with a megawatt red headpiece, a white romper with puffed sleeves topped with a hot pink feather fascinator the size of a tray and a men’s white sports jacket and trousers paired with a bright floral shirt.

Great details add pizzaz to your Kentucky Derby outfits

Model Cassie Engelking shows a Derby look at the Kentucky Derby Festival / Macy's Spring Fashion Show 2022. Contributing sponsors are Guess?  Inc., Caesars Southern Indiana, J Michael's Spa & Salon and Radley London.  March 31, 2022

This spring, it’s all in the details and that means gathers, smocking, bows, cutouts, flounces, fringes, slits and sequins – almost anything unexpected adds interest and an unexpected touch of zhuz to your Kentucky Derby wardrobe.

A gorgeous orange sequined spaghetti strap mini dress worn with a pink and orange fascinator was the perfect example of color and detail in one outfit.

“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 outfits that are more like works of art.”

Bare legs and navels dominated the runway

Model Melissa Moore shows a Derby look at the 2022 Kentucky Derby Festival / Macy's Spring Fashion Show. Contributing sponsors are Guess?  Inc., Caesars Southern Indiana, J Michael's Spa & Salon and Radley London.  March 31, 2022

Get ready to show some skin this season at the Kentuck Derby.

Between micro-minis (dresses and skirts), bare bellies, cold shoulder dresses and tops, the fashions at Thursday’s Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show made it clear that it was time to ditch the sweat of the pandemic.

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Tiny black and brown leather mini skirts were a surprise for spring wear, but they added the feeling that it’s time to have a lot more fun with our fashion. And while you’re at it, why not show off those shoulders you’ve carved out over the past two years?

Comfortable but trendy clothes are here to stay

Model Beth Klein at the Kentucky Derby Festival / Macy's Spring Fashion Show 2022. Are Contributing Sponsors Guess?  Inc., Caesars Southern Indiana, J Michael's Spa & Salon and Radley London.  March 31, 2022

Designers are aware that for the past couple of years we have been craving comfort and that won’t go away anytime soon. In fact, it was all over the track.

“These are beautiful clothes that are also comfortable to wear,” Fellingham told the Courier Journal. “Designers want people to look great but feel comfortable while dazzling.”

Stretch fabrics can be elegant when covered in sequins (yes, glitter is making its way into day wear in 2022). Jumpsuits are back with new twists like puffed sleeves or shoulder pads on the back. And for those who don’t like micro-minis, floor-length skirts in soft, flowing fabrics seemed to float on the runway.

Big, shiny headdresses make any Kentucky Derby outfit stand out

Heyman Talent model Michele Weaver shows off a Derby look at the 2022 Kentucky Derby Festival / Macy's Spring Fashion Show. Are Contributing Sponsors Guess?  Inc., Caesars Southern Indiana, J Michael's Spa & Salon and Radley London.  March 31, 2022

Of course, no Kentucky Derby season fashion extravaganza in Kentucky is complete without hats. The Hat Girls, also known as Rachel Bell and Kate Smith, outdid themselves for this year’s show. The dynamic Louisville duo are the Official Hat Designers of the Kentucky Derby Festival, and the team has specially designed more than 80 hats and fascinators for the show.

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Big and bright, these headdresses, in bright orange, sunflower yellow, crackling pink, peacock blue and kelly green, complemented spring fashions in a unique Kentucky way. You’ll be sure to wow on the track if you do the same at the Kentucky Derby.

Reach out to Kirby Adams at kadams@courier-journal.com or Twitter @kirbylouisville.

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