From the monthly archives: "October 2012"

Thank you so much to everyone who participated and helped make this event a success!


Although Kentucky weather didn’t feel like cooperating on this Fabulous Saturday, we still had a great turn out of contestants and spectators for the inaugural Lexus Fashions on the Field at Keeneland Race Track.

The Maker’s Mark Contestants Lounge had everything you could need. Couches to rest your high heel feet, para-mutuels to keep your bets on the fantastic horses, fabulous cocktails from Maker’s Mark, gorgeous hats from Polly Singer, and Forme’ Millinery, and of course the Sephora Pamper Point where you could get your make-up done, and get your hair styled by the pro’s from Alure Salon and Day Spa.

When contestants weren’t hanging out in the lounge, they were strutting their stuff on the stage!! The competition first lined up the stylish ladies heats. First heat seemed to be a bit nervous, but soon the girls seemed to loosen up and strike the winning poses!  As the judges were picking out the finalist, the men were watching having a few cocktails, not even realizing…it was soon their turn.

As soon as the ladies heats wrapped up, our emcee, Kristen Pflum, announced it was the guys turn! As I rounded them all up in the hall way for the walk to the back of the stage, they all gave me the “psh” I don’t care about this competition type attitude, but so quickly did that change when they got under those bright lights of the stage! The men went out with the gloves off, some dancing, some imitating winning jockeys, and some just strutting their stuff like a man has never strut before. Regardless of their fun yet risque entertainment, we had some fabulous menswear on the stage. The Men’s Racewear Winner Marc Coley, was definitely dressed for success. The combination of his pants, and jacket, with the added value of his great vest, and his pattern shirt, and red bow-tie, he did everything right for the weather, and the racetrack. Just to top it off and really secure his spot in the Keeneland Winner’s Circle, Mark wore a fashionable scarf for added style…and of course warmth!

Our first runner up,  Joseph Clay, one of Lexington’s socialites, Joseph dressed himself in a hunter green ensemble. He didn’t go with a bow tie this time, but rather a light green tie to match his jacket and pants. Offsetting the greens with a stand out red vest and with the added touch of the hunter green fedora. Joe did a fabulous job in his outfit, and of course on stage as he taught the crowd the proper way to ride a race horse

Moving on to the third runner up brings us to Emery Buterbaugh, he rocked both his outfit and his mustache! His personality shown through as well as his eye for style. His outfit proved that the layered looks were in for Fall. A light gray jacket with navy trim, over a dark navy vest, and pants, with diplomatic offsetting white shirt and red bow tie, he pulled his look together perfectly. Who knows if he could have done it as well without the barber mustache! What are your thoughts?


After the guys competition finished up with the presentation of the winning sash, the crowd and presenters took a quick ten minute break to prepare for the grand finale known as the Women’s FOTF Final!

As the eleven finalists lined up, the stakes were high. With a Shelia Bayes $1,145.00 necklace at stake, the women knew what their walks meant and really worked it this time! After much deliberation from our four judges, the winner’s were finally chosen and the Lexus Fashions on the Field Keeneland 2012 Ladies Racewear Winner was chosen.

The winner, Anne-Tyler Morgan, wore a fantastic black over coat with a pop over color in her yellow canary skirt. Her black stockings and booties prepared her for the cold chill in the air and also tied whole outfit together. Both stylish and practical, she then tied everything together perfectly with her gold buttons on top, to her gold chain on the purse and then to her gold pieces in her black felt hat. Well done Anne-Tyler!

Our first runner-up went for the reliable yet always fabulous LBD. She added pizzazz to the simple dress with some faux fur, long black gloves, gem style necklace and of course a great hat. Although there were no sleeves, she had black tights, and tall boots to get her through the chill.

Lastly our second runner up, combined black and brown to create her great outfit. With a fascinator, longer dress with a skinny belt, brown sweater, and our course some kitten heels she deserved some recognition!

For the first Fashions on the Field in the United States of America, I think we did alright! We are no Spring Carnival (yet!) but we are heading in the right direction. When April rolls around, there will be more fashion, fun, and competitive spirits!! We look forward to seeing the Melbourne Cup Fashion!! Bring it on! ;)

About Formé Millinery

Jenny Pfanenstiel, International Award Winning Couture Milliner and Owner of Formé Millinery, makes handmade hats for women, gentlemen and children.  Her one-of-a-kind hats are created using age old techniques of steaming and blocking over hat blocks as a true Couture Milliner once did.  In addition to using age old techniques, Jenny has mastered the art of hand manipulation of traditional and nontraditional millinery materials creating “sculptures” for the head.  Jenny is a Milliner that creates hats for the modern person with an old soul.

As a Milliner, she has become known for her dedication to quality and taking once admired materials from the country roads in France to the outback in Australia, and incorporating these pieces to truly make one-of-a-kind pieces.  “As a Couture Milliner, my goal is to make a person feel sensational in my hats.  I want them to look into the mirror and feel transformed, almost as if they are one with the creation of the hat.”

You can find her collections in shops around the country and in magazines such as Vogue, Tatler, Country Living, Mary Janes Farm, Vigore, Today’s Chicago Woman and Belle Armoire.  Her hats have been featured on The Oprah Show and have been worn by First Lady Michelle Obama.  You can see Jenny’s collections at local trunk shows and events, like during Cat Walk Friday’s at the Drake Hotel and the Mad Hatter Luncheons with the WAC and the Service Club of Chicago.

Jenny is on the Board of Directors for the Apparel Industry Board in Chicago, a member of the Milliners Guild in NY, member of the Headwear Association, a 2012 FGI Rising Star Winner, and a two time Winner of the Hatty Award (an International award given to Milliners).


This Friday the 5th of October sees the beginning of opening weekend at Keeneland racecourse, and what an opening weekend it promises to be!

The first weekend will see a total of 9 graded stakes races, including 5 Grade I’s, with a total combined purse value of $3,075,000.

On Friday we have the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades, a “Win and You’re In” for the $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies (G1). There are three multiple winners within the field who are led by the two-time Calder stakes winner Rose to Gold. Rose to Gold already has two impressive victories in the past two months by a combined 26 lengths. Right on her tail will be Gold Edge, Lon Wiggins’ undefeated charge who most recently saluted in the G3 Arlington-Washington Lassie and also Tara From The Cape, a winner of two of three starts that included the Tuck Greene Memorial at Delaware Park. Trained by Todd Pletcher, she will be aiming to give him his first victory in the Darley Alcibiades.

This Saturday will see the busiest day of the weekend with three Grade 1 races that have all attracted quality fields and some real genuine superstars. The showcase event is the $750,000 Shadwell Mile, again another “Win and You’re In” race, this time for the Breeders Cup Mile. Headlined by Wise Dan, Charles Lopresti’s impressive charge is coming off consecutive Graded Stakes wins, including most recently a sterling performance at Woodbine in the Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile. Fourth in this race last year, he will be looking for a far better result on Saturday and is in career best form. He won’t get it all his own way though, Data Link trained by Shug McGaughey, will be chief amongst the opposition, looking to become the first horse to win both the Makers Mark Mile and the Shadwell in the same year. Alex Solis will be charged with piloting him to this record breaking effort. Finally, we will see promising 3-year-old Silver Max take on the older horses for the first time. Trained by Dale Romans, a winner of the Transylvania (G3) here at Keeneland in the spring, which was the starting point of five consecutive post to post victories that culminated in the $600,000 Virginia Derby (G2).


The Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity Grade 1 had an overflow field headed by Balance the Books and Pataky Kid who is undefeated on Polytrack, both already graded stakes winners. Another Breeders Cup “Win and You’re In” this time for the $2 million Grey Goose Juvenile (G1).  Other stakes winners that will line up are Bluegrass Equine Bloodstock’s Joha, winner of the Colin on Polytrack at Woodbine; Charles Fipke’s Java’s War, winner of the Sunday Silence on turf at Louisiana Downs; John Oxley’s Dynamic Sky, winner of the Simcoe on Polytrack at Woodbine; and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Tree of Life, winner of the Barretts Juvenile on dirt at Fair


The third Grade 1 on Saturday will be the First Lady. A field of only six fillies has been assembled for this running, but it promised to be a great race. Grade 1 winners Summer Soiree, Tapitsfly and Daisy Devine will be right in the thick of things with rest of the field rounded out with Snow Fall, Brilliant Future and Hungry Island.

Finally on Sunday we will see the final Grade 1 of the weekend, The Juddmonte Spinster, which will see the winner earn a free passage into the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic at Santa Anita. The race will be dominated more than likely by Shug McGaughey, Bill Mott and Todd Pletcher who are providing 5 runners between them and have who collectively have won three of the last four editions. McGaughey will bring Protesting and Theyskens Theory, Pletcher has contributed Embur’s Song and Super Espresso, while Mott will send out Dynazapper to chase her first graded stakes win. It promises to be a very hotly contested race with solid arguments to be made for a number of runners.

The weekend promises to be a fantastic advertisement for racing and also for Keeneland, so if you’re anywhere in the vicinity you would be crazy not to take yourself out to the famed grounds and have a look at some great racing.

Fashions on the Field Australia

What is FOTF you ask? The greatest event since the grand opening for Disney World!

But seriously, this event is pretty amazeballs (Thank you Giuliana Rancic). Fashions on the Field is a fashion competition that is open to the public. This is the first inaugural event in the United States. The event first became popular in Australia (started in the 1960’s) and has grown in other countries such as the UK, Ireland, and Dubai.

Fashion at the Races has teamed up with Keeneland to put on this fabulous day of fall fashion, fun, and of course racing! If you’re a race fan we have made sure that you don’t miss out on your races. The competition is taking place in the Sales Pavilion just next to the main grandstand gates and we will have racing on the televisions, wagering machines, and a full service bar for you thirsty peeps.

When you enter, you will have your own private area, called the Contestant’s lounge where you’re able to get your make-up done by the wonderful Sephora professionals! Enjoy some cocktails specially mixed for this Fashion Fabulous day! Look at the beautiful millinery of Lexington’s own Polly Singer and Jenny Pfanenstiel from Chicago.  Check out what’s new at the Keeneland Gift Store, and at Monkee’s Boutique in Lexington. Take pictures on our red carpet with TOPS and much more!

The competition is free to enter…and the prizes are definitely worth entering for! Jewelry from Shelia Bayes, gift certificates to the amazing Keeneland Gift Shop, a night at the Galt House in Louisville, a Spring Meet Race Package from Keeneland, Breeder’s Cup tickets to Santa Anita 2012 and much more!! Sorry folks..but you’re a dummy not to walk that runway!

The winner will walk the rest of the day with a winner’s sash and a bouquet of roses! Pictures will be taken in the winner’s circle with jockeys and a toast of champagne!

Spring Fashions on the Field

The event really is a great day to look your best, socialize with your family and friends, and of course win some great prizes. We are looking to give you YET ANOTHER reason to attend the races but also attract someone who might not normally go. So it’s your job to enter…and then spread the word! Trust me…it’s worth going to 🙂

Need help putting together the perfect outfit?? Just ask!

xoxo B



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