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A packed Unbridled Eve answers one of Derby's hottest questions: 'What's Coco go
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"What's Coco going to wear?"

It was the question I was asked the most during Derby week, other than

  • Who's your Derby horse?
  • Have you really been out of clean underwear since Tuesday?

Ice T and Coco's flight from New York Friday night was delayed a few hours, causing the celebrity couple to arrive at the Galt House for Unbridled Eve after dinner was served and many other featured guests had finished walking the red carpet. So when they casually entered through the Archibald Cochran Room's main doorway like any other attendees, the answer to that hot question was, most likely what she wore on the plane: a form-fitting (I suspect all of Coco's clothes meet that description) sheer Bebe shirt with an upside-down star across her chest underneath a gold jacket matched with tight black jeans.

It was perfectly appropriate just-got-off-the-plane attire—for a woman with those curves. And Coco and Ice T (black sneakers, black jeans and a black Yves Saint Laurent shirt that paid perfectly with a black leather jacket) deserve props for seemingly going straight from their car to the black-tie optional gala, without making guests wait while they prepped.

While 2012 was Unbridled Eve's first year, event co-chairs Tonya York Dees and Tammy York Day experience planning major parties showed:

  • almost every seat in the large ballroom was filled (I was hoping the two empty ones next to me were for Ice T and Coco)
  • Galt House chef Brian Riddle's five-course dinner easily compensated for my lunch at the track that afternoon (popcorn, popcorn and Derby Pie)
  • auction items included a painting of a race horse signed by three Triple Crown winning jockeys that fetched $10,000
  • it didn't matter what your drink was, with sponsors like Moët & Chandon, Kettle One and Maker's Mark, they probably had it

Proceeds from the gala benefited Blessings in a Backpack and the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Both the charities and Louisville's Derby celebration itself would benefit from Unbridled Eve becoming an annual event.

On to the celebrity photos…

Photos: Margaret Everson
 

Slideshow: 
"Southern Belle" Hadley Hartz
Alabama'a Randy Owen headlined the party
These two paintings were among the many auction items
"Celebrity Apprentice" Aubrey O'Day
"Celebrity Apprentice" Aubrey O'Day talks with red carpet co-host Nick Ferrara
Bachelor Bob Guiney shows off his buns
Mrs. Kentucky
Red carpet co-host Julie Smith
Her dress was made of red roses
The Office's Kate Flannery (right)
Michael Bush, Mrs Kentucky, Jason Campbell, and Miss Kentucky United States
The Office's Oscar Nunez and friend
Event co-charirs Tonya York Dees and Tammy York Day flank Marlee Scott
Ice T! And Coco!
Coco! And Ice T!
Ice T!
The red carpet attacts a crowd for Ice T! And Coco!

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About Zach Everson

Senior editor at MapQuest. Previously, freelance writer: WSJ, enRoute, Eater, USA Today, CNT, BlackBook, Gridskipper. Boston born. Kentucky Colonel. Also, I was director of content and editorial strategy for Louisville.com.

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