We’re only days away from the magical time of year that every Memphian looks forward to: Memphis in May. Whether you’re headed to Beale Street Music Festival, World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest or celebrating the city of Memphis at 901Fest, there’s an event for every interest. And you’ll definitely want to stop by the Jockeys & Juleps Derby Party at Southern Reins, Art by Design at the Pipkin Building and Botanical Bars at Memphis Botanic Garden.
May’s edition of What to Wear features models who all support the local event, Art By Design. Aisha Raison, local filmmaker and photographer; David Quarles IV, designer of IV By David jewelry and partner at Stock & Belle; and Colleen Canale, wife of Chris Canale, who owns Old Dominick Distillery (aka the backdrop for this month’s photo shoot). These models rocked looks from Oak Hall, Dazzle, James Gattas, Stock & Belle and Lansky 126, as well as Derby hats from Makowsky Millinery, all of which were created by stylist Cara Grinder. Take a look at what to wear this month!
The Event: Jockeys & Juleps Derby Party at Southern Reins Equine Therapy
- May 4, 2019
- 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- $150 to $200 per ticket
- For more information visit, southernreins.org.
This year’s Jockeys & Juleps party, held at Southern Reins Equine Therapy, will feature live music, a bourbon bar, Derby desserts, a live auction and raffle, a hat contest and more, in an event you won’t want to miss. It’s truly the next best thing to attending the 2019 Kentucky Derby in person.
What to wear: For the ladies, don your best dress and Derby hat. And for the gents, a tailored suit and snappy tie is the only way to go.
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The Event: Art By Design at The Pipkin Building
- May 8-12
- Various times
- $20 to $250 per ticket, depending on the event
- For more information visit, artsmemphis.org.
More than a dozen designers create custom vignettes inside a chic gallery showroom at this design-centric event. Attendees all across the Mid-South come to experience this unique collaboration by attending an event and touring the showroom at the Pipkin Building. Events include cocktails and floral arranging, a seated dinner prepared by Chef Ryan Trimm, “Mingle and Mimosas,” Ferguson’s Cocktail Party and more. Find a complete line-up at artsmemphis.org.
What to wear: Even though this is a casual event, we encourage you to wear something floral and bright, or anything that expresses your inner creativity. Our recommendation? A fun top and jeans, plus a pair of wedges or heels that bring your outfit to life.
The Event: Botanical Bars at Memphis Botanic Garden
- May 30, 2019
- 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- $30 for MBG members; $40 for nonmembers
- For more information visit, memphisbotanicgarden.com.
Beginning in May, the Memphis Botanic Garden will host four Botanical Bars events and introduce attendees to the plants that add that hint of flavor to their favorite cocktails. The theme for May 30 is “Herbal Highballs,” and guests will have the opportunity to sip their way through the stunning gardens. Stop by the gin and tonic bar to create your own custom drink, or enjoy bubbles and blossoms with a lavender-peach bellini, cucumber-mint cocktail or local brews.
What to wear: Since this is an outdoor event, dress casual and comfy. This can mean a romper set, flare jeans and a cute top, or just a simple dress!
Here’s to a wonderful and eventful May season!