Runway on fire

by Amanda Bedgood

Bold looks for fall define INDStyle Awards 2014 

The fashion at INDStyle had a mind of its own. We predicted a bold take on the changing season, and if The IND's third annual fête for fashion at Acadiana Center for the Arts was any indication, we were spot on.

The flavor of fall ran the gamut with looks as diverse as the 10 local INDStyle Award winners. There were playsuits and rompers, sexy flowing dresses and statement necklaces magnificent. Honoree Mary Ann Miriam jazzed up the stage with a flapper-inspired dress that was totally modern in a nude hue. Lainey and Rye Tuten set the runway on fire with some serious dance moves and a flaming red dress and killer necklace on her. Victoria Toups was her signature blend of sweet and edgy in a little leather crop top and silky skirt.

Show organizer Bob Pastor was a man you couldn't miss with a sequin jacket and major glasses along with IND event maven Robin Hebert Guidry who rocked a lace-trimmed dress and seriously bold necklace that was truly a work of art (a creation from new hubby artist Kelly Guidry).

My favorite accessory of the night was a shell necklace from kiki perfectly paired with a black dress; it was a level beyond the average statement piece. And I can't forget the sexy romper Brother's on the Boulevard stylists paired with a textured shaggy jacket for fall. Or the way Muffy LeBlanc killed it (slayed it, murdered it) in a silky playsuit or how Amy Lewis did the black and white combo with a fresh little side ponytail.

It was a night where lawyers Clyde Simien and Rickey Miniex proved they know how to do fashion outside the letter of the law when they fired up the crowd with their effortless cool. Proof that some people just have "it."

This INDStyler's date certainly had it - Amy Breaux is a teacher by day and style lover day and night. She wore fall's must-have moto pants in a rich red with a waxed finish that looked leathery from Maven Womenswear. What did this INDStyler wear? A svelte black Viereck maxi from Vanessa V. with an easy kimono. If the kimono ever goes out of style, I will refuse to give any of mine up. It's become my "it" piece for summer and now fall.

What "it" means is different for everyone, but you know it when you see it. And we saw it a lot on the runway and striking a pose in front of our INDStyle step and repeat. It was a celebration of style to be sure, a gathering of people who love fashion and the fun it can bring when you find that perfect piece that's both totally you and a little out of your comfort zone. Style on the edge. Just the way we like it.