Doing Derby Southern Indiana Style

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANTONIO PANTOJA

WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT A DAY SPENT DREAMING OF DERBY? WE GRABBED A FEW OF OUR FAVORITES FEMMS, HOPPED INTO OUR RIDES FROM CARRIAGE FORD AND HEADED OUT TO KOPP’S LAKE IN CLARKSVILLE, ONCE THERE, WE ASKED THE LOVELY LADIES TO DISH ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO “DO DERBY’ – ALL WHILE DRESSED FOR THE OCCASION, OF COURSE.

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Vehicles provided by Earl Book’s Carriage Ford, 908 E. Lewis & Clark Parkway in Clarksville; 812.284.4444; www.carriageford.com.

Cover model Centria Kapris is wearing a gown by designer Frances Lewis, founder of Ann DeEvelyn Clothing Co., 332 W. Broadway #418 in Louisville; 502.410.0984; www.ann-deevelyn.com. Centria also is wearing a fascinator by Rebecca Vance of New Albany; 812.944.7047; search for “Rebecca’s Hats” on Facebook.

All other attire has been provided by Colokial, 219 Pearl St. in New Albany; 812.725.1321; www.colokial.com.

This pictorial was photographed at Kopp’s Lakes, 521 Kopp Road in Clarksville; 812.913.0439; www.koppslakes.com.

 CENTRIA KAPRIS – Model

Gown: Ann DeEvelyn Clothing Co, price upon request. Fascinator: Rebecca’s Hats, $60.

Gown: Ann DeEvelyn Clothing Co, price upon request.
Fascinator: Rebecca’s Hats, $60.

I’ve never been to a Derby before. I’ve been living in Kentucky for four years, but my family has never been to the Derby – yet.

JOY YASCONE
Director of Business Development Family Ark in Jeffersonville 

White 3D Lace Dress: $98.99; White Hat: $65.99; Earrings: $14.99, all courtesy of Colokial, 219 Pearl St. in New Albany.

White 3D Lace Dress: $98.99; White Hat: $65.99; Earrings: $14.99, all courtesy of Colokial, 219 Pearl St. in New Albany.

I love the Kentucky Derby so much that I got married that weekend and coordinated tickets for all 75 of our guest to go to Derby! Derby is so Southern charm meets magical. It’s my favorite time of the year.

 

JACQUELYN KOERBER
Chief Financial Officer | Koerber’s Fine Jewelry in New Albany

Black Tulle Dot Dress: $113.99; Black “Hatinator”: $85.99, both courtesy of Colokial, 219 Pearl St. in New Albany. Jacquelyn’s jewelry is courtesy Koerber’s Fine Jewelry, 3095 Blackiston Mill Road in New Albany.

Black Tulle Dot Dress: $113.99; Black “Hatinator”: $85.99, both courtesy of Colokial, 219 Pearl St. in New Albany. Jacquelyn’s jewelry is courtesy Koerber’s Fine Jewelry, 3095 Blackiston Mill Road in New Albany.

I grew up right here in New Albany, where my parents, Mike and Felecia Koerber, founded their business, Koerber’s Fine Jewelry. I currently run the family business as the chief financial officer, but I always take time off at Derbytime. There is a reason why they say that Derby is “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” There is so much preparation and celebration leading up to those two minutes. Our entire community comes together and celebrations tradition and heritage and then we get to celebrate it with the world within those two minutes. I ‘Do Derby’ by getting all dressed up with my closest friends and family, and head to the track for the (Kentucky) Oaks race. I love going to the Oaks because more locals attend, so you are guaranteed to run into old friends. Before working for Koerber’s, I worked in the fashion industry in New York City, so I also love seeing all the beautiful dresses and hats. With everything that goes on in this world, it’s nice to have a guaranteed fun weekend planned every year where you can just let loose and celebrate Derby.

RACHEL SMALLWOOD
Owner/Operator/Jane of All Trades Orange Clover in Jeffersonville

Mint Lace Burnout Dress: $95.99; Rachel’s earrings $13.50, both courtesy of Colokial, 219 Pearl St. in New Albany.

Mint Lace Burnout Dress: $95.99; Rachel’s earrings $13.50, both courtesy of Colokial, 219 Pearl St. in New Albany.

The Derby festival brings so much energy to the area: parties, fundraisers, traditions. I love being a part of it all. At Orange Clover, we cater a large amount of events during Derby week and participate in the Dare to Care Taste of Derby, but I always make sure to allow time for my own Derby traditions with my family.

 

 

 

 

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