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Flames, food and high-end cocktail party fashion filled Pagoda Plaza on May 9 along with more than 1,500 who attended the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s inaugural Rev soiree.

The party, which continued late into the night, offered guests tastes of Verizon IndyCar Series drivers’ favorite foods re-imagined by more than 40 Indianapolis-area chefs. Revelers snapped photos of the racers and were offered hors d’oeuvres-sized dishes, including  prosciutto goat cheese bruschetta created by Bluebeard, Indianapolis, made for Charlie Kimball, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp. Board Chairman Mari Hulman George’s jalapeno cornbread  and French canapés created by McFarling Foods, Indianapolis, in honor of Sebastien Bourdais.

Two celebrity chefs – Vic Vegas, a self-trained chef who appeared on “The Next Food Network Star” and Spike Mendelsohn, who was a runner-up on “Top Chef” – came to town for the event.

The pair of restaurateurs dined at Indianapolis’ famous St. Elmo Steak House, took rides in a two-seat Indy car and toured the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before Rev.

“Spark the flame,” was the party’s theme, so its décor came in red, orange and chrome. Contemporary torches burned outside. Hoosier rocker Jon McLaughlin entertained, as did locals Endless Summer and DJ Lockstar, Blair Clark and Chad Mills. Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon and his wife, Emma, served as the event’s honorary chairs.

Plans are already in the works to bring the party back next year.

“It was one of the best events I’ve attended,” said Bronte Tagliani (wife of Verizon IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani), who wore a shimmering blue and green mini dress to the event. “Everything I expected for the food, the fashion and the music was far above and beyond.”

Bronte Tagliani, left, said the Rev party was a great kick-start to the Month of May.

The  Methodist Health Foundation event that benefited IU Health Statewide Trauma programs, including medical services for the drivers and patrons of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was planned to kick off the month of May at IMS with a new party. It celebrated Saturday’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 and all of the IndyCar pageantry that happens here annually.

“It is exactly what this series needs to kick off the month of May,” said Tagliani.

Megan Krisiloff (wife of IMS Senior Director of Marketing Jarrod Krisiloff) looked to be having a great time in a cream Zara midi top and matching pencil skirt and carrying a checked Kate Spade bag with silver closure shaped like a vintage Indy car.

“It’s a nice new event,” she said. “It brings the Indianapolis community out.”

It’s unofficial, but Verizon IndyCar Series fashion week is in full swing in Indianapolis as drivers prepare for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Alex Tagliani’s wife, Bronte, is writing about track style in her blog, bellennoir.com.  And on May 6 she organized a fashion shoot with drivers, 500 Festival princesses and Fox 59’s Sherman Burdette at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

They all looked to be having a great time as Tagliani checked styles and, in the case of IndyCar driver Martin Plowman, carefully rolled and cuffed a sleeve or two.

Driver Sage Karam, who made waves this week when he announced plans to field a car for the Indianapolis 500 with country music star Brantley Gilbert’s face on it, participated, too.

“Events like these are fun because it kind of takes the stress and all the pressure off of the racing,” said Karam, who added that he had a lot of fun wearing a pair of fur boxer shorts in an Indy 500 fashion show two years ago.

Speed style: Verizon IndyCar Series driver Simon Pagenaud and girlfriend Hailey McDermott.

Later in the day, driver Simon Pagenaud and his girlfriend, Hailey McDermott, were the guests of honor at a Raleigh Limited cocktail party. The men’s clothier — with the help of the European line, Sand — is providing  Pagenaud with off-track clothes this month in Indianapolis. To celebrate, Raleigh Limited invited a few customers, served a few cocktails and an IndyCar was parked in front of the store, causing a buzz.

Pagenaud arrived in an elegant, tapered Sand suit, a pair of Donald J. Pliner shoes but no tie.

“I don’t wear a tie, no. You know why, because my dad  (who owns a supermarket in France) wear ties every day,” said Pagenaud.

As for the rest of his look, Pagenaud was pleased.

“I like dressing well because it gives me confidence. I feel stronger and I feel happy,” he said. “Sand gave me this opportunity and I shop here in Indianapolis and we connected together. They are interested in my image and I am interested in their clothes and the look they have. That’s what we connected.”

Pagenaud prefers tapered, elegant pieces, so Sand is a good choice, said Gerard Moreau, Raleigh’s manager and buyer.

“It’s a very updated but elegant style,” said Moreau. “Everything (race car drivers) do is at a fast pace and everything they wear is going to show that type of personality.”

Bronte Tagliani is comfortable in front of a camera. A professional model, she’s been photographed in swimsuits, pantsuits and more for magazines, websites and newspapers.

Bronte Tagliani

But Bronte – the wife of Verizon IndyCar Series driver Alex – will be the one pointing the lens when the busy month of May begins at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As Alex prepares for a run in the Indianapolis 500 on Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing’s team, Bronte will be walking around the track, collecting snaps for a fashion blog, BellenNoir.com (which means “beautiful in black” in French). She’ll document what she wears while Alex races and at Indy 500 parties and appearances, too.

She also plans to include the paddock’s other style mavens, so expect shots of Scott Dixon’s wife, Emma, James Hinchcliffe’s girlfriend, Kirsten Dee, and Charlie Kimball’s fiancée, Kathleen Thompson. And photos and commentary on anyone around IMS whose look catches her eye also will be included, she said.

“It’s just another social media outlet for me. I love Instagram and I love Twitter,” said Bronte. “It’s going to be a more expanded Instagram, more like a story in pictures. I don’t know where it’s going to take me.”

The site launches from Indianapolis in May, but Bronte, who is Australian, plans to update it as she travels.

“I just want to highlight street style – what people are wearing, what I’m wearing and the cool things I’m seeing,” she said. “The Speedway is going to be a great place to get pictures.”

Although she says she doesn’t have expected results for the project, anyone who knows Bronte knows to expect the unexpected.  Even in her own look.

Bronte Tagliani's new blog will feature street fashion from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.

Racing fans who have seen hundreds of photos of Bronte will immediately recognize her, or most of her, when they visit BellenNoir.com.

One thing is different. She recently traded her long-time short brunette hairdo for a bleached blonde look. The reason: She wanted to know what it’s like to be blonde, so she’s giving it a try.