Are you ready for spring fashion like you’ve never seen 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 a little excited about the fashion she’s pulled for the March 31 runway show to take place at Caesars Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Indiana.
“There is an exciting vibe to fashion this spring. It’s like everything is eye-candy,” Fellingham told The Courier Journal. “You’ll see high-wattage colors, daring details and mood-driven clothing that are more like pieces of art.”
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If you don’t have a ticket to the annual spring fashion show, don’t worry. We’ve got some of the key details and fashion tips you’ll want to shop for this spring for your top-notch Kentucky Derby outfit.
While we know this article is nowhere as much fun as actually attending Macy’s Spring Fashion Show, maybe setting the scene will help. Before you begin reading Fellingham’s fashion advice, turn up your favorite pop tunes, grab a glass of champagne and visualize yourself on the runway in each of these hot spring trends.
Add solar-powered color to your Kentucky Derby outfit
Color is the most important trend of the 2022 spring/summer season. Step aside, shrinking violet, this is a season of the bold and the brilliant.
“I describe the colors of the season as ‘solar-powered,'” Fellingham said. “I mean beautiful bright colors you’d see in a fantastic sunrise or sunset.”
More specifically, get ready for a vibrant and popping color palette that includes lime green, saturated yellow, classic Kelly green, brilliant blue, popping pink, and sunset orange.
“On the flip side of all these brilliant colors, we have head-to-toe white,” she said. “The way to go for spring is bright or white.”
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Micro or macro hemlines are in this year for your Kentucky Derby outfit
“Hemlines are either micro or macro,” the fashion expert said. “The middy is still around, but it is no longer the cutting edge look. What’s super fresh is extremely short or crazy long.”
If you opt for a hemline that brushes the ground, Fellingham said the trend is not just very long but also billowy and voluminous. And short hemlines are better described as micro-mini that show lots of leg.
Daring details are the biggest 2022 spring fashion trend
Besides vibrant color, designers are luring shoppers back to the in-store rack with oodles of surprising details. This year, fashion is fun again.
“You’ll find detail work like lacing and fringe and a lot of unusual textures in play, like puckered fabric with a popcorn texture to them,” Fellingham said. “I think designers are trying to innovate and put details in places that you are not 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, see-through mesh, great big bows, body length ruffles, and plenty of pleats — all of which make clothing look like something you’ve never owned before.
Add a bit of sequin or glitter to your Kentucky Derby outfit
If you’ve never thought of wearing sequins to the park, to the workplace, or on a casual date, this is your season to shimmer. Traditionally reserved for red carpets and gala events, sequins and other shiny details are popular any time of the day and almost anywhere you choose to wear them for spring fashion 2022.
According to Fellingham, the glitz and glamour of evening wear are showing up on bedazzled sports shoes, shoes, t-shirts and accessories.
“Designers took the comfort from the pandemic and converted it into more fashion-forward clothing,” she said. “They want people to look amazing but to feel comfortable while they dazzle.”
What men should wear to the Kentucky Derby in 2022
Men’s clothes are also blurring the line between night and day this season. Designers are showing more gender-bending looks like tunics for guys and also a plethora of spring florals, bright colors and interesting details. And for the Kentucky Derby, expect to see lots of pink.
“Men’s fashion continues to evolve, which means it’s a lot more fun and a lot less khakis,” Fellingham said.
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The perfect shoes for your Kentucky Derby outfit
The interesting details designers hope you’ll want to wear extend all the way to your tootsies in spring fashion. Sky-high platforms are a trending shoe style and so are heels in a variety of structured and unusual shapes. And, like everywhere else this spring, don’t skimp on color. Shoes in canary yellow, hot pink and lime green will add a punch of fresh color to any outfit.
“The rules are pretty slippery right now. There is a lot of leeway and options for you to create your own style in this season’s fashion,” Fellingham said. “Keep in mind that designers are trying very hard to get us out of the boring and stretchy clothes we got so used to during the pandemic and into beautiful, gorgeous outfits which are also incredibly comfortable.”
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IF YOU GO
WHAT: The Macy’s Spring Fashion Show presented by the Kentucky Derby Festival. The premier Kentucky Derby Festival fashion event kicks off with cocktails and boutique shopping at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and a runway show at 8 p.m. in the showroom. At the show, guests will have the opportunity to shop runway looks and see the latest spring styles.
WHERE: Caesars Southern Indiana, 11999 Casino Center Dr. SE, Elizabeth, Indiana.
WHEN: March 31 from 5:30-9 p.m.
- Second Floor Lounge: $65 (includes hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets, and a reserved seat for show)
- First Floor Showroom: $95 or $950 for a table of 10 (includes reserved dinner seating 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 21 or older to attend.