Homme + Femme’s Latest Collection Pays Homage to the Black Jockeys of the Kentucky Derby

Models pose in pieces from Homme + Femme’s latest collaboration with Churchill Downs for this year’s Kentucky Derby race. (Michael Greenburg/Homme + Femme)

From the vibrant dresses and dapper suits to the extravagant hats and the snazzy shoes, one of the most notable elements of the Kentucky Derby is the showcase of the latest spring styles and looks.

One of the latest styles making its debut at this year’s race, which takes place on Saturday, brings a particular twist on the historic traditions of the Derby.

Black-owned streetwear brand Homme + Femme has launched its latest collaboration with Churchill Downs, the host of the Kentucky Derby, for a new clothing line that aims to maintain the historic and rich traditions of the annual race — all through the lens of streetwear fashion.

“The main goal [of the collaboration] is to just bridge the gap between parties of luxury fashion and streetwear,” said Drew Evans, Homme + Femme founder and designer.

Evans, who grew up in Compton, Calif., says his main source of inspiration when it comes to the collection was the heritage of Black jockeys and the Kentucky Derby — acknowledging the influence that African Americans played on the sport.

“We want to bring this collection to a more modern generation. And the only way that I know how to [do so] is through clothes,” he said.

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SOURCE: NPR, Jonathan Franklin

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