Bulls & Bears & Horses

May 1, 2010

Institutions, to maintain longevity and relevance, must sometimes realign their interests and approaches. Given its duration, our recession may be well down the road to recognition as an American institution. Still, Louisville, Kentucky seems intent on forcing a realignment of its approach.

As Derby season draws near down there, big names prepare to party like it’s 2007. The horsey set and their attendant social scene are quickly easing into full gala gallop, with parties planned around guests like Olympian Johnny Weir and Ashley Simpson, who are both expected at an event co-sponsored by aptly-named socialite twins Patricia and Priscilla Barnstable. Unidentified members of the Jackson Five are expected to perform.

Elsewhere, milliners are busy with another American institution, ladies’ Derby hats, orders for which have been pouring in all year. Reported trends this year included wide brims and metallic hues. In some shops, business this year is twice what it was last year. If this year’s Derby is any barometer, hopefully current economic climes will be long-gone before they begin to rival the race for institutional longevity.

The sisters Barnstable.