Rodes For Her Launch Party

Staff and patrons of Rodes celebrated the launch of their fabulous new Shoe & Handbag Shop on March 14.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Festival Unveiled

The first “official” Kentucky Derby Festival event took place at Mellwood Arts Center on March 14. Presented by Citizens Union Bank and Four Roses Bourbon, the event featured a first look at 2019 KDF merchandise and the Four Roses Julep Cocktail Competition.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Celebrity Dinner Party for Cystic Fibrosis

Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum and Susan Sweeney hosted this 51st annual dinner at the Omni Louisville Hotel on March 9. The night included cocktails, live and silent auctions and dinner served by local celebrities, including The Voice’s Editor in Chief Angie Fenton.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Pink UnTied

For the second year in a row, Susan G. Komen Kentucky hosted this fundraiser to help benefit their mission of cutting breast cancer deaths in half by 2026. The event took place at the Omni Hotel on March 8 and included dinner, a survivor celebration and dancing to live music by Endless Summer.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Rodes City Run 10K

The second leg of the Triple Crown of Running took place on March 9 in Downtown Louisville. Once again, Edwin Kibichiy of Louisville won first place and finished with a time of 29:02. The final leg of the Triple Crown is the Papa John’s 10 Miler, which is happening on March 23.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

LYPC Annual Celebration Dinner

The Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council hosted their end-of-the-year dinner and program at the Muhammad Ali Center on March 12. The two teams of high school students presented checks to different nonprofits in Louisville based on the mission they created together during their LYPC classes and shared what they’ve learned this year about being philanthropists and grant makers.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Dee’s VIP Derby Hat Party

Dee’s Louisville hosted a delightful evening of fascinator fun on March 7. First, guests were invited to make their own headpiece with materials and help provided by the wonderful Dee’s staff. Then, the crowd got a sneak peek at this year’s trends with a fashion show and presentation of hats and fascinators. Refreshments were provided by Luc Belaire Champagne and Old 502 Winery.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

NAWBO EPIC Awards

On March 14, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) hosted their 25th annual EPIC (Excellence, Professional, Initiative, Civic) Awards at the Louisville Marriott East.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Formé Millinery Derby Couture Hat Show

Inspired by the beautiful colors of Latin America, Formé Millinery presented “Latin Nights” at Pigment Gallery on March 7.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Kentucky to the World Presents Dr. Vicki Phillips

Kentucky to the World and the Kentucky Center hosted a talk by global education strategist Dr. Vicki Phillips on March 7. During her presentation of “Public Education: Unbridled or Unraveling?” Dr. Phillips explored key questions about how the public education system, one of our greatest national resources, can be transformed for the better.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

International Women’s Day Luncheon

The Speed Art Museum hosted its second annual luncheon to celebrate pioneering women leaders on March 7. This year’s honorees included Martha Layne Collins, Judge Denise Clayton, Keisha Deonarine, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and several other remarkable trailblazers.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Louisville Native Frankie Lewis Prepares for ‘Project Runway’

Frankie Lewis. Photo by Miller Mobley/Bravo.

By Mattie Townson

Up-and-coming fashion designer Frankie Lewis is taking her creative mind and talents to Season 17 of “Project Runway” on the Bravo network. The show’s season premiere is happening March 14 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, and before its debut, we spoke with Lewis over the phone to learn about her incredible experience and how Louisville has shaped her career.

Is fashion something you’ve always been passionate about?

“When I was a kid, apparently, I said on camera that I wanted to be a singing, writing, designing, psychologist that acts and does hair. I wanted to do design as a very young child but didn’t pursue it until I needed a scholarship to go to college. The University of Louisville was offering scholarships to students who wanted to learn how to do all of the backstage stuff in exchange for tuition. They taught me how to use the machine and when I made my first item, it was really exciting to see something come together so quickly and so magically and to go from fabric to a 3D object. From there, I just really wanted to get into fashion. I am a mix of self-taught and taught by instructors, but I was mostly taught at UofL.”

How did growing up in Louisville inspire you and influence your work?

“I give credit to the people of Louisville because I’ve gotten lots of love and support, even before ‘Project Runway’ and even before moving out to L.A. There were people who really believed in me and thought I was something special. I got opportunities in Louisville that I don’t think I would have gotten in other cities. And because Louisville has a great community feel, I was also able to connect with photographers and models in a very relaxed and artistic way. I credit the people of Louisville for creating a community for me, teaching me things and making me feel brave enough to take the next steps.”

You were involved in KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway during its startup in Louisville. What was that like?

“Yes, I was fortunate enough to be in KMAC Couture since its conception. I got to do it for the first five years that they’ve had, and it’s been, by far, my favorite fashion show to do. It’s just so interesting getting to showcase your work in the middle of the city.”

How did you end up auditioning for ‘Project Runway?’

“I was sitting on the beach with a friend, I had just moved out to LA and I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I got a phone call from one of the casting people that had seen that I had auditioned before, and they wanted to let me know that Bravo was taking over and I should really consider auditioning again. I thought it couldn’t hurt to give it a try and so I put together some pieces really quickly that I thought would impress the casting people and then I went to the audition. From there, it was a whirlwind. It was a crazy process but the people were really nice. Both the production team and casting team were really nice and it wasn’t as hard or as daunting as I thought it would be.”

What was your favorite part of filming?

“My favorite part of the experience was getting a chance to live in New York for a little bit. It was really cool to be in the city every day and get to soak up that energy and creativity because it’s definitely different from L.A. I also loved just meeting the fellow designers and making those friendships that I know will last beyond the show.”

What can the audience expect from this upcoming season of Project Runway?

“I can’t give any spoilers, but you can expect to see a lot of fun. You’re going to see what Bravo does to put their stamp on (the show) and see how Bravo does ‘Project Runway.’” V