As throngs of creative types, dressed in their Thursday finest, strolled into cocktail hour (fashionably late, of course) at Bartini’s a couple of weeks ago, patrons and artists alike mingled, sipped cocktails and took their places on plush white banquettes amidst a backdrop of cool art. The RAW showcase, a monthly event, was created “for artists, by artists” to highlight the work of emerging local talent in the fields of art, photography, fashion, makeup, hair, film and performance art.
Fashion designer Nikki Blaine of Nikki Blaine Couture, a veteran of the showcase, calls her line’s style “glam chic,” a term she’s defined as “classic clothes you can wear five years later and still look fabulous.” Blaine believes that while each participant has their own unique aesthetic, every artist at the event shares the same “individual creativity and genuine, creative talent in the role.”
Melissa Kinnett, designer of accessory line Royal Bliss, believes each artist’s aesthetic at the show feels completely different. “My style is probably a lot darker. I love rock chic!” Kinnett, who began her line two years ago, sells an eclectic collection of rock-and-roll-inspired jewelry, shoes, paintings sculptures and picture frames adorned with silver chains and skull motifs (think McQueen-esque skeleton prints meets Tim Burton).
The Indianapolis series represents just one of over 65 cities across the nation. Patrons of a RAW showcase can expect to experience all sorts of media.For instance, it is not uncommon to see a film, burlesque act, musical set, and fashion show– all in the span of an hour! The next RAW event this July will undoubtably yield the same level of talent. For tickets and more information, visit the RAW: Indianapolis website. The next RAW: Indianapolis event is scheduled for July 12.
Images courtesy of Michelle Spitz of Two Pedals Photography