Figure skaters will be NBC’s fashion experts at Kentucky Derby

The Wrap

Hat fashion experts? Tony Maglio reported in The Wrap on Tuesday that Olympic figure skaters Tara Lipinksi and Johnny Weir will join NBC Sports to offer fashion coverage for the Kentucky Derby.

“Johnny and Tara have an infectious energy that will bring a fun and fresh perspective to our Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks telecasts,” Rob Hyland, coordinating producer for NBC Sports Group, said in a statement. “They will be in their element amid the big-event atmosphere and pageantry of Churchill Downs.”

 

Of course, it’s about more than just the hats. The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal offers this video on fashion tips on the day of “competitive dressing up.”

Some more fun with hats and journalism:

– In December, Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon wrote about WSMV-TV reporter Dennis Ferrier of Nashville who has a pretty amazing hat.

– In 2006, Joe Grimm wrote about pressman’s hats.

Press operators used to be able to tear a page out of the paper and, with a few folds, turn it into a boxy, disposable cap that would protect them from airborne ink and paper dust that got onto and into everything inside a roaring pressroom.

Few newspapers print on a wide enough web anymore to make a decent-size hat, Grimm wrote, but here’s a video that shows how to make one:

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