Our city’s 2-minute sporting event is more accurately a 24/7, week-long party that extends far beyond the gates of Churchill Downs. We took two models and a pile of pretty clotghes and millinery on a trip downtown to the history-drenched Black Jockeys Lounge on Fourth Street. Let our imaginary escapades and elevated ensembles inspire your own post-pandemic Derby celebration.
A ruched black dress looks polished from pre-track brunch until closing time.
A column of white will stand out in a dark lounge, or a sea of bright colors.
Life of the Party
Sequins and paillettes are making an appearance for day and adding more flash and drama to dressing for this global occasion.
You don’t need a stage to attract a spotlight in chartreuse pleated silk with a plunging neckline.
Fourth Street is hopping, from The Mercury Ballroom to the Brown Hotel to Fourth Street Live – making the Black Jockeys Lounge a great first or last stop in a memorable Derby night out. For more info and reservations, go to Blackjockeyslounge.com.
In addition to its extensive bourbon selection, BJL is known for its inventive craft-cocktails. A must-have? The Willis Sims is a refreshing blend of bourbon, orange juice, maple syrup, orange bitters, vermouth and ginger beer named after the only Black jockey to win all three races of the Triple Crown. For their cocktail menu, go to Blackjockeyslounge.com.
An embellished brim and slinky dress with side cut-outs make for a memorable photo opp.
Models: Dominique Thompson and Maria Danyal for Heyman Talent
Photo assistant: William Kolb