‘Tis the Season for Hats

One of Ms. Colon-Lugo’s creations
Credit Dina Litovsky for The New York Times

Tomorrow marks the 143rd running of The Kentucky Derby – a day for horses and hats! Extravagant hats. That is why the recent New York Times feature about milliner Ellen Christine Colon-Lugo, is inspiring. This is Ms. Colon-Lugo’s, owner of Ellen Christine Millinery in West SoHo, New York, busiest season. And she herself has already spent hours preparing hats for women who will wear them at tomorrow’s Derby. Not to mention that May 15 marks Straw Hat Day, when people used to trade in their winter felt hats for spring hats.

Ms. Colon-Lugo has quite a story: she studied costume design at the School of Fashion Design in Boston and later at New York University. Her hats have adorned the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and W Magazine, and she is president of the Milliners Guild in New York. Says Colon-Lugo, “The idea of balance is very important in a hat. I don’t do yoga, I do hats. Hats reveal our inner characters, and we have many of them.

Which of her hats will be watching the Kentucky Derby tomorrow?

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Snapshots from the big race at Belmont …

Martha's "Tary" - Secretariat Horse, taking in the scene at Belmont

Good luck charm, Martha’s “Tarry” – Secretariat – taking in the scene at Belmont

Martha, a young friend, was at Belmont Stakes this past Saturday, spending the day with her dad and hundreds of others, hoping to see California Chrome end the racing drought and capture the Triple Crown. As we now know, that wasn’t to be, but Martha is optimistic (as am I) that we are getting closer every year.

How I would have loved to be there, myself! But since I couldn’t, I thank Martha for being my eyes and ears, and taking these beautiful shots of the scene at the paddock. Continue reading

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Kentucky Baby

Photo courtesy of: Robb Carr/Getty Images

Photo credit: Robb Carr/Getty Images

In the category of: In case you missed it, this fashionista-in-the-making wore her bonnet beautifully at Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. We are never too young to be stylish and fashion forward.

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