Right now, we're deep in a costuming drought. Mardi Gras was three months ago, and Halloween is still five months away. It's really hard for New Orleanians to go this long without donning wigs and getting drunk in public, but fortunately, a slate of loosely thematic, costume-esque summer events (e.g., Sippin' In Seersucker, Red Dress Run, White Linen Night) has emerged to help us cope with the pains of withdrawal.
This week sees two such events: It kicked off with a cruisewear-themed costume contest that was part of Yelp's Passport to Freret Street. Participants spent $25 at Bloomin' Deals Thrift Shop and modeled their creative interpretations of the theme before discerning judges (cough: me and Christy Lorio of Slow Southern Style) and a rapt crowd at La Nuit Theater:
Contestants Dorothy Young, Ashley Sloan, Julia McMahon and Stephanie Petras all had covetable-y cute and imaginative cruise ensembles. Winner Ashley Sloan's coup de grace was her handmade, swan-shaped towel headgear. If you've ever been on a Carnival cruise, you know the significance of the origami-esque towel creations. Behold the glory:
If these images whet your appetite for fashion competition, you're in luck, because there's still time to pull together a seersucker ensemble for the contest at Sippin' in Seersucker, which takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday, May 18 at The Shops at Canal Place. Burlesque performer Trixie Minx and two-time seersucker ensemble winner Tony Lamanna will judge. Be forewarned: the competition is stiff (if not starched), as these photos from last year will reveal:
The good thing, though, is that there'll be plenty of food*, booze and music by Los Hombres Calientes to soften the agony of defeat. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, so it's win-win! Tickets are $25 for Ogden members and $40 for non-members and are available here or the day of the event, when they'll be $30 for members and $50 for non-members. Have fun creating your ensembles, and remember, this is the perfect time to start planning Halloween and Mardi Gras costumes...if you have time.
*Participating restaurants include The American Sector, Baru Tapas, Bee Sweet Cupcakes, Butcher, Delachaise, Gordon Biersch, Kyoto, La Madeleine, La Thai, Leah's Pralines, Magazine Pizza, Mahoney's, Mia's Balcony, Mike's on the Avenue, Rambla, Ste. Marie, St. James Cheese Company, The Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel