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Tubular Toppers: Betsey Johnson Creates Kentucky Derby Hats for Charity

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Courtesy Betsey Johnson

Hold onto your hats — the Kentucky Derby is on Saturday! The Derby — just like royal weddings — is known for its over-the-top headgear, and Betsey Johnson is breaking out her best and brightest designs for the big day. The designer created three big pink toppers for Saturday’s festivities, and has been auctioning them off for the National Breast Cancer Coalition (Johnson herself is a survivor). Though one was already sold, the exquisite rose hat, topped with pink & cream flowers, dark green ivy and crystals, is available right now on The auctions are running in conjunction with Chambord Liqueur’s ‘Pink Your Drink’ program, which raises funds and awareness for breast cancer research. To promote the cause, Johnson will also appear at the big race on Saturday — albeit in a hat designed by someone else. According to WWD, she commissioned a New York City hat maker to create a pink straw hat for her, covered in pink roses and fake gems.