A Ferrari, a Rolls Royce and a new Bentley sat outside the Blue Martini, a Carmel strip mall bar on 96th Street, Saturday night. This impressive display of superior autos was very cool; however, not indicative of the fashion happening inside.
Meritxell Escarra-Feller and Fernando J. Garcia sip martinis at the Blue Martini bar, 4705 E. 96th St., 566-8650.
As far as the girls and guys went, the Blue Martini was a sea of look-alike fashion styling by both sexes with the guys easily being in hipper form. So, just where do girls get their polyester, shiny, shameless tank tops? Girls, the makeup was too-too heavy when prim is in. And as far as hair, well, save the frosting for your eclairs. It’s the Blue Martini not the Sex on the Beach! Catt Sadler from the Fox 59 A.M. show, however, looked very fabu in contrast. The primary look being sported by the guys was dress shoes, jeans and an untucked button-down dress shirt. Compared to downtown, the guys weren’t all that modern and, well, pretty safely Midwest suburban. Fortunately, improvements are simple to make. Pair the Levi’s Brando 501s with an elegant or unconventional belt, like a preppy striped cloth belt. Mix high and low pieces. Tuck the shirt in, wear a contrasting color round-neck T-shirt (even a vintage or logo T) underneath and, most importantly, buy a shirt that fits. Ill-fitting, too big shirts untucked can sometimes say beer gut among other things. It’s the Blue Martini not the Miller Lite! While we’re at it, why not ditch the solid color shirt for a patterned one, like an Etro. Visit Raleigh’s or www.etro.it to get the idea. Consider trading out the shiny loafer for a ’70s retro leather or suede trainer tennie available in tons of different color combos by the likes of Puma, Adidas and even the classic buddy-style, Keds. For inspiration get a subscription to Details, a men’s fashion magazine. It’s a mere $10 for 10 issues, or $3.50 newsstand price at Northside News at 54th Street and College Avenue. Fernando J. Garcia and Meritxell Escarra-Feller, Broad Ripple-ites hailing from Barcelona, stood out in the crowd looking first-class sipping their vodka martinis. Fernando’s black pique Izod Lacoste polo shirt, $85 at Garb, was not just a natural fiber breath of fresh air, but a prepster look that’s in for men. March 14’s New York Times Magazine supplement was all about “Men’s Fashion of the Times,” as the cover read. One inside story was dedicated to the resurgence of the rich kid preppy look dubbed “Nouveau Preppy,” complete with a picture of a model wearing a pink Lacoste with the emblem logo green little alligator. The classic Lacoste polo is timeless, sporty and French — which naturally means sexy. While perennially in style with the country club guy, every guy should get one this season with or without the dirty bucks. It’s a sure fashion look for spring that is super easy to get and befits a Blue Martini. What are people wearing in Indianapolis? NUVO finds real people on the town, at clubs and at arts events who look good to feature. Have a fashion question for MLP? E-mail her at email@example.com