A day of dress-up | AspenTimes.com

A day of dress-up

Jennifer Bennett and Heidi Craig, in their Derby Day bonnets, with Lily. (May Selby)

On Saturday, May 3, Kara Klein, of Aspen’s North 40 neighborhood, hosted a Kentucky Derby party at her house.

In honor of the 134th Run for the Roses, the gentlemen sported oxfords, fedoras and seer­sucker pants, while the women donned bonnets, sandals and spring dresses. At the start of the eques­trian event, all eyes turned to the TV, and the Churchill Downs racetrack, to watch the first jewel of horse rac­ing’s Triple Crown.

Following the fastest two minutes in sports, all retreated outside to play croquet on a course that circumnavigated the house, enjoying mint juleps and the occa­sional rays that peeked through the clouds on the chilly spring day.

That evening at the Belly Up Aspen, it was a nod to the 1980s with a full-fledged prom party. Some relived their prom from the decade of big hair and frilly tuxes, while others who were mere babes in the ’80s relived their prom from only a few years back. Genera­tions aside, all got down on the dance floor to new-wave beats from the M80s, who brought down the house. Strapless and one-sleeved dresses made of taffeta, acetate and other not-so- refined fabrics came out of the closets. Most of the guys wore Miami Vice-inspired getups, skinny ties, leather pants or other fashion flash­backs.

“I never thought I’d hear this song live,” moaned Mickey Krentz, of Aspen, during a rockin’ rendition of “Oh Mickey.” Tunes from Flock of Seagulls, Rick Springfield, Michael Jackson and other ’80 icons round­ed out the set list, keeping the crowd singing along till the end of the night.

In keeping with the prom theme, spiked punch was offered for sale on the dance floor, a photo booth for prom pictures was set up near the back bar, and a prom king and queen were crowned on stage.

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