Another Day at the Races…. in Melbourne, AU

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In front of the Flemington racecource in my new outfit from the famous Myer department store.   When in Melbourne....

In front of the Flemington racecource in my new outfit from the famous Myer department store. When in Melbourne….

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How deliciously fantastic…. to attend this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival races two years in a row.  This year, I was lucky enough to be invited to Crown Oaks Day, popularly dubbed Ladies’ Day, which is the third day of the four-day extravaganza, obtaining Media Credentials to cover it officially for our illustrious hometown newspaper, The Aspen Daily News.  My most charming fiance, Ian, who escorted me once again in grand style, was delighted to accompany me into the exclusive Myer Fashion on the Field finals tent with the most beautiful and well-turned-out ladies of the day, many of whom were vying for the  coveted Women’s Racewear competition title.   The lucky lady walks away from the runway with an impressive collection of prizes topped off with a Lexus 300 HP sport, valued at almost $80K.

With the phrase, “It’s a small world” coming into most acute focus, I actually had a connection with the winner, 21 year old Brodie Worrell.   Her most stylish Mother, Dee Worrell, is the proprietess of two ‘gently experienced’ clothing stores, Bella Once Loved, one of which is in Mornington, on the peninsula, an hour outside of Melbourne.  It just happens to be the store where I bought the hat I eventually wore to last year’s Melbourne Cup, as it matched my orange and blue Halston dress, as if I’d had it custom made for it.  Dee was so engaging and pleasant, I included her in my coverage from last year’s race.

When I went into her store the day before the race, she wasn’t there, but I was informed by her assistant, that her daughter was a finalist in the Myer competition!  I was so pleased that I would be covering that day’s festivites, and that I’d be sure to get plenty of photos of her, now that I knew who it was.   Sure enough, the next day, I spotted Dee in the audience, went up to her, and was most pleased that she remembered me.  We hugged as I wished her daughter all the best.

After taking lots of photos of her most glamorous daughter, in her simple and elegant white Toni Maticevski dress (which concidentally the Millinery Award winner was wearing as well), the winner of the three days of competition including Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day and Oaks Day was….. Brodie Worrell!

I waited patiently for the right moment, until I could capture Mother and daughter together in their collective moment of rapture.  Like Mother, like daughter….  sheer beauty!

When I asked Brodie who most influenced her style, she quickly responded, “Audrey Hepburn!”  A classic choice, which was in evidence, of course, by her completely elegant look,  but I think her Mother had a lot to do with it too.

Brodie Worrell, winner of 2014 Myer Fashion on the Field Racewear competition.

Brodie Worrell, winner of 2014 Myer Fashion on the Field Racewear competition.

Jim Babbidge, Jennifer and Ian

Jim Babbidge, his friend Jennifer, and Ian

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Orange is the New Black – Art Crush 2014

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To usher in the tenth annual Art Crush fundraiser for the Aspen Art Museum, we said goodbye to the old Art Museum and hello to the new one on Hyman Avenue right in the middle ofArt Crush 2014 ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????????????

Tina and Simon Beriro

Tina and Simon Beriro

Diane Halle with Aaron Curry sculpture

Angela Robins

Angela Robins

 

Oliver Sharpe of Aspen 82 with Shari Applebaum in Oscar de la Renta

Oliver Sharpe of Aspen 82 with Shari Applebaum in Oscar de la Renta

Tony and Mona Mazza in Christian Dior

Tony and Mona Mazza in Christian Dior

Mami Gumer ( Meryl Streep's dtr.) Heidi Jacobsen Zuckerman and Amy Phelan

Mami Gumer ( Meryl Streep’s dtr.) Heidi Jacobsen Zuckerman and Amy Phelan

Ernesto Neto, AAM 2014 Art Honoree

Ernesto Neto, AAM 2014 Art Honoree

Allan and Kelli Questrom wearing vintage Brazilian print in honor of artist Ernesto Neto

Allan and Kelli Questrom wearing vintage Brazilian print in honor of artist Ernesto Neto

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Fledgling Fashionistas

It was a splendid volunteer day for us ladies from Burberry when we were privileged to see the next generation of fashionistas learning their craft from the sketch pad up.  From designing, illustrating, sewing and modeling their creations, these six to eight year olds showed a maturity far outweighing their tender years and experience in this weeklong summer class sponsored by the Aspen Art Museum.  Enjoy my article in this week’s Time Out section of the Aspen Daily News.  http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/entertainment/163180Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 2 Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 3Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 4 Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 5Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 6 Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 7 Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 8Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 9 Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 10 Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 11 Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 12

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Tony and me

I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Mr. Tony Bennett again, not only on stage and fabulous, as always, at the JAS Aspen June festival at the Benedict Music Tent, but was thrilled to be invited backstage with my friend, Jill Ginn, who I invited to join me for the special evening. I met Tony in September of 1999 when I was a concierge at the St. Regis Aspen. I handed him the sheet music for his show at the Wheeler and so enjoyed making his stay comfortable and pleasant for the week he was with us, culminating in being invited to his private concert at the Wheeler Opera House where he dedicated my favorite Tony Bennett song, “When Joanna Loved Me” just to me. I was on cloud 9! I have since been invited backstage to say hi, after every concert I’ve attended. I always feel so honored to be able to hear him sing, as if every song is directed to me. That’s his gift, being able to make everyone in the audience feel that way. Then, to be able to say hello for a moment or two after the show… that’s pure heaven! Thank you, Tony. Happy Birthday!JAS June Festival, Tony Bennett, Sat. June 28, 2014

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Food, Wine & Fashion

For Aspenites, Food & Wine is the official kickoff to the summer season, signaling the welcomed onslaught of tourists and added ka-ching for everyone – from restaurants and hotels to every gallery and retail store in town. The 32nd edition of this extravaganza of gourmets and gourmands was no exception! It’s also the perfect occasion to bring out those pretty spring frocks and outfits we’ve been gathering, just lying in wait for our mountain temperatures to warm up enough to break them out of the closet. Enjoy my article and photos of this annual rite of passage.

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Erin and Todd Heintz, Tom and Angela Kelp

Deborah Herron, Kiki Raj and Laura Herman

PBS cooking show host, Michelle Tucker

PBS cooking show host, Michelle Tucker

Chester and Kath D'Arenberg at Hyatt Australian wine party

Chester and Kath D’Arenberg at Hyatt Australian wine party

Aspen Magazine party at Snowmass with the girls from Burberry, Andrea Sirko and Michelle Pedinielli

Aspen Magazine party at Snowmass with the girls from Burberry, Andrea Sirko and Michelle Pedinielli

Christopher Longden and Ramona Bruland and Michael Goldberg.

Christopher Longden and Ramona Bruland and Michael Goldberg.

Chris and me

Chris and me

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Kentucky Derby in Aspen

The place to be on Saturday afternoon after a fun morning skiing on Aspen Mountain for the last weekend of the year was at the Square Grouper, the Cajun Creole place on Restaurant Row in Aspen to enjoy the Kentucky Derby. Aspenites got in the mood by donning some festive millinery accents while the gentlemen enjoyed their summery seeksucker suits! Mint juleps were enjoyed by all! http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/entertainment/162235 918.jpg”>Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 918Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 921Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 922Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 927Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 928Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 929Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 934Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 938Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 942Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 915

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Aspen AIDS Benefit Hits Its Stride

After an amazing month of fashion, fundraising and frenetic fun in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Aspen AIDS benefit provided the crowning touch.  Read about the third annual AAB in this week’s Time Out.   http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/entertainment/161893Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 134 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 113 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 089 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 085 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 021 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 016 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 092 AAB co-director Amy Parnello Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 108 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 075Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 024 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 031 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 117 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 103 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 124

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