Fashion

The Indianapolis Ad Club, a 100-year-old alliance of local design, media and ad companies, had their annual creative awards last Friday night, Feb. 18. Carrie Voohis and Ben Carlson

The Brass Ring Awards, formally known as the Addy Awards, were celebrated at a terribly fun party at the Indianapolis Art Center. The rote sit-down dinner was replaced by a more whimsically festive, less predictable merrymaking atmosphere. A stuffy traditional dinner got ditched for light-hearted snack-size pudding cups befitting an elementary school lunch box, fried tater tots and Fla-Vor-Ice served in champagne buckets. Lights were dimmed, great student art was on the walls of this Michael Graves building and Russell Edward Johnson of the Mudkids DJed, spinning funky stuff like the 1979 hit "Pop Musik" by the M's and Terence Trent D'Arby thrown in for good, funky measure at this well-humored event.

To top it off, guests actually dressed well for this playful party. Carrie Voorhis and Ben Carlson of Bradley and Montgomery (www.bamads.com) both looked particularly fabulous. Carrie's look was one that took her from L.A., to work and then to the party. Martini in one hand, apple sauce snack pack in the other, she was smart, feminine and savvy, wearing a black fitted velveteen (that's cotton velvet) jacket, layers of long faux white pearls, a creamy silk cami (appropriate now in our transitioning weather) with her most fabulous, soft, black, Chanel bag outfitted with a large, leather-covered link strap bought in a Parisian boutique. An FYI to purse hoarders: Counterfeit bags are a crime and often associated with money laundering and child labor. Child labor! Just say no to fakes! If you want one get the real deal. A quality handbag, even if it's last season's, is always in style.

Ben was young and sophisticated in his Michael Kors French cuff striped shirt, tie-less with a jacket, and classy silver cuff links. He was classic and modern, even nibbling on his mini box of sugar-coated Fruit Loops. Now, how do we get more Indianapolis men to follow in his cool, understated footsteps and how do we get the girls to dismiss fussy or frumpy for chic? And although the mini hamburgers didn't look that appetizing, who cares? The Ad Club turned a drab, same-old event into something creative.

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