Lady Mary would absolutely approve: Guests dress for success at the Long Run Hounds Hunt Ball

Big smiles, big personalities and big business networking — yes, it’s everyone’s favorite feature in the society shiny sheets: party photos! Boulevard picks through the pics, choosing our favorite coverage. Today’s entry is from Nfocus Louisville.

Napier’s nattier.

Long Run Hounds Hunt Ball
“The invitation,” Tonya Abeln writes, “eloquently stated the dress code as ‘White or Black Tie — Scarlet, if convenient,’ and for most of the members, their scarlet riding frock, designed as a bright form of identification as well as to denote a seasoned Hunt member, was the perfect dapper ensemble.”

In other words, picture “Downton Abbey’s” Honorable Evelyn Napier, looking askance in the photo, above right.

Annette Adams chaired the party at the Pendennis Club, where a silent auction was all about some serious and even mysterious paraphernalia: vintage English lapel pins, hunt bridle (?) and breastplate (?!).

Lest readers blanch at the thought of tearing a fox to pieces, not to mention the traditional “blooding” procedure, Nfocus urged calm: “Foxhunting could more accurately be called fox chasing, as LRH is one of many ‘no-kill’ hunt clubs, indulging in the sport purely for the enjoyment of the outdoors with their four legged friends.”


Related: more Nfocus party photos. Buy a vintage Gordon Weatherill gent’s red hunt coat for £255 ($372 at current exchange rates). Check out the latest rankings in The Boulevard Social 400.

Photo, top: Lady Mary Crawley and Napier, whose Turkish hunting companion was dying to bed her.

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