HBO’s Sex and the City, starring supreme fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker as columnist Carrie Bradshaw, set fashion trends across the country during its run. This due to Patricia Fields (fashion designer) outfitting SJP and the other Sex girls in big city style by mixing high fashion pieces with thrift shop finds for a young, sophisticated look. From nameplate necklaces to Manolo Blahniks, women wanted what Carrie was wearing. Check out http://carriesstyle.tvheaven.com, a Web site dedicated to Carrie’s style. Before the show introduced mainstream Indianapolis to the above mentioned fancy footwear, the downtown TJ Maxx couldn’t give Manolo Blahniks away for $10 a pair in their bargain bin — I kid you not!
Gen Claypool and Anna Knoble, Cathedral High School seniors, attending a gallery opening at LAMP Gallery as part of the NCECA Convention, Friday night, March 5.
Thankfully, women of all ages have taken clothing cues from the show and it shows. “We love Sex and the City,” Gen Claypool and Anna Knoble, both 18 and Cathedral High School seniors, said in unison. When the show ended its final season last month, “We were sad. We cried,” Anna added. They weren’t alone. Both Gen and Anna looked great last Friday night attending the opening art reception for a pottery exhibition at LAMP Gallery in conjunction with the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Convention taking place here in Indianapolis March 17-20. They looked trendy, polished and, most importantly, they looked their age. And where better than an art gallery opening to dress a little bit more funky than usual? Bag the drab attire, pull together some fun accessories like a logo purse paired with some cool shoes, and give your outfit a playfully stylish edge. Anna’s hip footwear happened to be the super sought-after Ugg winter boots. Jeff Corydon, assistant manager of Stout’s in Carmel, said that Oprah’s endorsement of Uggs coupled with Paris Hilton prancing around in them on her TV show, The Simple Life, made them all the rage. “Everyone came in and got them,” he said, adding that the Ugg company sold out of boots last November, but fear not, will be shipping new styles to Stout’s in the next week or two. This includes the pink finish Uggs like the pair singer Jessica Simpson wears on her MTV reality show. Uggs have been time-honored cold winter footwear of choice in frigid places like Minnesota for decades. That said, do not wear them in the summer. It’s what will separate the fashionista from the fashion victim, in this case plagued with stinky foot fungus. Despite being only 18, Gen and Anna find that weekend nightlife opportunities are hardly limited. You can trek downtown to attend gallery openings, play duckpin bowling at Fountain Square, attend a poetry open mic or a free concert at a local coffee shop all before curfew. Check NUVO’s daily Calendar listings for more local cultural events that are appropriate for all ages, especially if you are too young for the bar scene and still want to play in the city. Recommendations for Friday: Triad of Color opening art reception at the Hoosier Salon Gallery (6-8:30) or see Hot Flash perform at Cath Inc. (54th and College) from 7-9. Or, try Nag Champa Café’s open mic poetry reading (Saturday, 7 p.m.). 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.