Lest we incite the anti-cosmopolitan mob again, let us humbly state for the record that we never thought Nashville was the next hipster mecca à la Williamsburg or Silver Lake. True, we’ve joked and occasionally hoped for a savvier city, the sort where throngs of the young, beautiful and effortlessly stylish make a case for a downtown renovation by sheer virtue of looking fabulous. Still, the Left Can Dance parties at Ombi Bar this summer were the best tease we’ve had in a long, long time. When we heard Vanderbilt DJs Courtney Wilder and Sam Patton were hosting LCD shindigs over the summer, we got a little misty-eyed for the possibilities. Would Nashville finally have its own hip, young dance scene? Could we dust off our pumps and cocktail dresses like it was finally debutante season? We could, it turns out, and we did. Inspired by the coastal glam of dance-til-you-drop DJ scenes way out east and west, for one night a week Ombi Bar/Le Peep transformed Nashville into a city we barely recognized. It was refreshing, a little disconcerting, and a whole hell of a lot of fun. This wasn’t a velvet-roped affair, either. Anyone could come, and did, and we scarcely recall more than a handful of people bustin’ it on the dance floor who could actually dance. No matter. This was our Misshapes, where goofy kids, dirty hipsters, the heroin chic, barely legal and barely covered girls and headband-wearin’ indie kids came together, got smashed and shook it to fuzzed-out beats, mash-ups, Brit-pop, New Wave and hip-hop. Word of Ombi’s pending transformation into a fine-dining spot may push out the LCD crowd, so our tribute to Nashville’s most fashion-forward might be just in time for the last revolution on the turntable.
Nashville Ballet costume designers Rhiannon Guillet and Sandra Payne only started their clothing line, Magpie Apparel, last summer, but word of their unique designs has already spread among local fashionistas.