Derby Fashion: Bright Colors, Bold Pastels Are All The Rage At The 2022 Kentucky Derby

Courier Journal


Kentucky Derby race fans have always made bold wardrobe choices, but this year, the style was truly dialed up a notch. In other words, the fashion and fanfare at the track in 2022 seemed to surpass the maximum level.

“We’re just so glad to be back at Churchill Downs,” Chris Grady from Prospect, Kentucky, said. “Everyone looks incredible. There is a feeling that we’re all extra excited to be here this year.”

To celebrate the day at the races, Grady chose a vibrant coral suit with a white collared dress shirt accented with silver roses. He coordinated his outfit with his wife, Dana, who chose a textured romper in shades of coral, cream and pink and topped it off with a matching fascinator from Pink Julep.

“When I look at the fans at the track I can tell their outfits are something they really thought about,” said fashion designer and former Louisville resident Gunnar Deatherage. A contestant on “Project Runway” Season 10 and “Project Runway Allstar” Season 4, Deatherage was overjoyed with the creativity and panache on display at this year’s races.

“I find that people are really experimental this time of year.  It’s the one time of the year when people allow themselves to really take a chance,” he said.

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