The doors of War Memorial Auditorium were raided Thursday night as Nashvillians filled its columned entryways to view looks featured in this year’s Steeplechase LookBook.
Being a Kentuckian myself and having a special place in my heart for one-of-a-kind hats, I felt as though I was drifting into a blissful dream filled with lush lace, asymmetrical hemlines, flirty feathered minis and the traditional floral-clad garden dresses topped with “head décor” of all shapes and sizes (not to mention the men and children’s wear). Needless to say, event-goers were left equipped with inspiration to form their own ensembles as they graze the grass this May to cheer on their favorite horse to win the race that has roots as far back as 1941.
The southern belles stomped their way through the hardwood-floor aisles in many looks we see trending for this spring season. Drop-waists followed by a full skirt, belted A-lines, monochromatic cropped pant and billowy blouse combinations, statement heels and fishtail braids provided by Nashville-based boutiques filled the runway as guests enjoyed food catered by Something Special.
The atmosphere had me wanting to run outside, throw on some cat-eye shades and grab the closest mint julep with the enormous white-bloom centerpiece being the anchor of the fitting southern landmark location. DJ Mindub rocked the turntables with upbeat, spring-inspired tunes. Prior to and following the show, guests had the opportunity to purchase their own race attire at the Marketplace and left with goody bags courtesy of Gus Mayer.
Looking to step out to the traditional southern soiree? I promise you won’t want to miss this year’s Iroquois Steeplechase on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the first race begins at 1 p.m. May the best hat win!