A fashion statement with hat in hand

Preakness Stakes


For those honoring the revered Preakness tradition of wearing a hat, there was an unwelcome guest at the Corporate Village yesterday: the wind.

Strong gusts forced many women to hang onto their hats with one hand, while holding down their flippy skirts with the other. Often, there were races to watch other than those happening on the track, as women chased their flying hats across the Village turf. Carrying a chic handbag only added to the challenge.

Consider Maryland first lady Kendel Ehrlich. Clad in a red and white Rene Lezard sundress and cropped white blazer, she kept a firm grip on her crimson straw bonnet, while clutching her skirt and red-and-white-checked Sarah Marr purse. She almost couldn't show off the bag's cute silvery horseshoe handles.

Meanwhile, 3-year-old William Tucker was proudly modeling his first real blue blazer and khaki long pants. As his parents, Aegon NV vice president Greg Tucker and wife Catherine, stood nearby, William chatted up a few Baltimore police officers.

"Have you caught any bad guys?" he asked them.

"There aren't any bad guys here. But there are a few losers," one officer was overheard replying.

Other than watching the races, the most popular Village pastimes were visiting tents and schmoozing.

The Ravens' Edwin Mulitalo strode past the State of Maryland tent, as businessmen Chuck Nabit, Jimmy Vitale and Jerry Maizlish huddled with Grotech's Frank Adams and state Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan.

Cadmus Communications vice president Ted Winslow, Citibank VP Jennifer Lowe, attorney Bob Siems and wife Caryl, had three corporate tents to visit.

"And we'll probably be tossed out of all three," Bob Siems said with a laugh.

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