I could have spent this past Saturday night remembering the very day my employer ceased to exist, due mainly to a lack of funds for a good stiff drink or three… dozen. I’m not certain how else to “celebrate the one-year anniversary where over 1,000 people from New York to Los Angeles — including over 200 in Louisville, yours truly among them — ended up on the unemployment line after the company failed to survive the ongoing recession, though I did hear the former Louisville office is now occupied by Sazerac, who had built a bar in one of the wings.
Instead of remembering that black day, however, I had a press pass to collect…
This year’s edition of The Voice-Tribune‘s Best Dressed Presented by Churchill Downs brought me back to the Louisville Marriott Downtown on 2nd & Jefferson. Benefitting the West End School, a non-profit private school for at-risk youth from the sixth through eighth grades, Best Dressed showed off various trends for 2012 and 2013, including head-to-toe white, sequins and sheer dresses, a performance by the Louisville Ballet, and this year’s nominees wearing their finest down the white runway.
|This adorable lad is the son of Best Dressed nominee Darla Hartlage, herself wearing a white/gold mullet dress with matching clutch and silver heels. This photo was taken for my friend and NYC high-end jewelry designer Wendy Brandes, who adores such lovely mullets as this one.|
|While wandering around the buffet — where hors d’oeuvres and drinks could be had together — I came upon Jeff Ruby Sales & Marketing Manager John Wilson in his fabulous orange blazer along with two women wearing geometric print and minimalist white dresses. I knew I had to have this shot of colour right then and there.|
|One of the few living statues scattered throughout the ballroom, a bit of kinetic performance art as guests entered and mingled with one another.|
Yours truly in a dress I wore to last year’s Best Dressed. I had planned to wear something completely different, but diverted finances kept me from such things. This was also the first year I wore high heels, borrowing them from my friend Laura (whom I interviewed a while back for her “Outside the Box” profile).
Why haven’t I worn them before? My feet aren’t normal in any sense of the word: I have three toes on my left foot, four on my right, bones missing in both feet, and my right leg is a quarter-inch longer than my left. And if I had the means, I would replace both with something similar to the Adidas Symbiosis.
|The short hair caught my attention here; thus the photo.|
|This gentleman — whose identity escapes me — is well-known from what I understand, so I had to shoot his fabulous plaid blazer.|
When it was showtime, I had to put the big camera away. I did my best to live tweet the occasion using the hashtag #VTBestDressed, though others used #BD2012.
The drink to the left my BlackBerry was a specialty drink made with Heaven Hill products, though the name escapes me. I had tried to order a Raritini — a drink named in honour of Rarity, my blog’s mascot — but the ingredients weren’t available. Of course, that didn’t stop me from having five or six of these, plus a white wine from Carnivor Cabernet.
Here is Miranda of The Chic Sheet snapping a photo of a fashionable person after the show drew to a close, looking fashionable herself in her black dress and silver gauntlet. Alas, I missed out on meeting Danielle of Lou What Wear and Voice-Tribune publisher Tracy Blue; I was a few inches away from the latter at one point, but did not know who she was until I heard someone call out her name.
However, I did meet up with friend and editor Angie Fenton — who is always a doll — former V-T intern Betsey Schneider with her sister Virginia — both adorable — other staff members of the paper, and photographer Dara Michelle, whom I met on Twitter just days ago; expect a collaboration between us very soon if all works out.
|And with that, Best Dressed comes to a close for another year.|
As for photos of the show itself, come back Thursday. All the best.
Photo credits: Cameron Miquelon