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    Riders (and the horses themselves) have long been an inspiration to some of the greatest fashion designers around the world. From footwear, to high fashion, to accessories, equestrian influence can be seen as recently as the upcoming fall collections. 

    Models can be seen clad in equine inspired footwear on Alexander McQueen's Spring 2010 runway as well as in Julien Macdonald's Fall 2010 collection. McQueen took a more abstract yet literal hoof-like approach, while Macdonald created a slightly more traditional silhouette with a heel fashioned after the shape of the horse's leg. 

    From French design house Hermes, one can find a new jewelry collection also inspired by the hooves of our equine friends. Designed by Pierre Hardy, these pieces are made in a variety of black jade, rose gold, and (of course) diamonds. Price tags on this line top out around $880,000, and your chosen piece comes to you in a custom alligator hide box with zebra skin mat. 

    High fashion, not to be left out, also took a turn for the horse. John Galliano dove into the equestrian world for inspiration in his Fall 2010 collection for Dior. Marked by riding jackets, peplums, and jodhpurs, these looks may be a bit too dramatic for everyday wear, but are perfect for the romanticism, whimsy, and tradition of the Kentucky Derby.

    Photo: Courtesy of Dior

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    I'm an independent fashion designer (, photographer, and all-around art lover. I also design costumes for productions at the Alley Theater, and have worked in wardrobe for Actors Theatre and The Louisville Ballet.

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