Last Thursday, hundreds of people lined the sidewalk down South Meridian, then wound their way into the parking garage in anticipation of attending the VIP opening for 6 Lounge, the new night club on the downtown strip. The spectacle came honestly as 6 stalled it's 5 p.m. opening back to 6-plus p.m.
In the meantime, impatient would-be VIPs took their printed e-mail invites across the street to Claddaugh to indulge in predictably fine Claddaugh red beer, Killian's served in a Guinness glass, and the most delectable artichoke and spinach dip around. Meaghan Topper and Michelle Boardman sip Chardonnay at Claddagh on South Meridian while awaiting the stalled start to the VIP opening event for 6 Lounge across the street.
Meaghan Topper, a speech pathologist for Lawrence Township, and Michelle Boardman, an IUPUI technical writing graduate student, were among those who sought refuge at Claddaugh. Dressed in VIP form, Michelle was wearing the "it" shoe of spring: the espadrille. Espadrilles, which just six months ago were still inexpensively found, are now overpriced due to popularity.
They're rope or jute soled, canvas, Spanish shoes that traditionally wrap around the ankle. The high-heeled slip-on style was very popular in the mid-'70s with the Pappagallo variety being a local favorite. Silks, ribbons and patterned fabric espadrilles, produced by Marc Jacobs to Coach, have recently replaced the standard and practical canvas of this wonderfully impractical shoe.
Well, the inflated prices make them impractical. Don't pay too much for this classic seasonal shoe and shop around. One light rain and they can be toast. And regardless of price, the heels will wear and shred. They're a one-season shoe if they can make it through the season, but they scream well-dressed.
Other young women anticipating the 6 opening demonstrated a long overdue local fashion about-face, too, but maybe because 6 has a dress code. Girls were wearing colorful camis and halters in summer fabrics like chiffon and light cottons paired with summer-weight slacks and tailored capris. A few uber-popular-for-spring tiered, bohemian, cotton skirts and wonderfully bare thong and strappy sandals were seen in the 6 crowd, too. Color is in.