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Prom styles hit runway

April 09, 2001

Prom styles hit runway



By ASHA PATEL


What are the new millennium's latest fashions?

Plunging backs and necklines, belly-baring hip huggers, animal prints, ruffles, stiletto heels?

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No. Those are a little too bold for high school prom-goers.

This year the focus is on glamour and elegance, which entails a more modest dress, but still makes a statement.

North High's Fashion Club recently exhibited a small sampling of these fashions, drawn from four local stores: J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and Formal Den at Valley Mall in Hagerstown, Ingram's Men's Shop in Hagerstown, and Kaufman's Wedding World at Frederick Towne Mall in Frederick, Md.

Sixty dresses were featured by 30 girls, and 20 tuxedos were modeled by 10 guys on Thursday, April 5, in North Hagerstown High School's auditorium.

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With a little bit of taste and a whole lot of attitude, this year's prom will be a night to remember.

Top trends
HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Skin is in. We will see more two-piece gowns.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Strapless is the style.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Shawls are hot accessories.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> "Pretty femininity" is back in pastel colors - lavender, pale blue and mint green.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Tiaras are the crowning touch.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Gloves give a more elegant look.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Temporary body art is big. It's a safer alternative to the permanent tattoo.

Just for guys:
HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Pick a full-back vest with a Windsor tie.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Or go for a three-quarter-length coat.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> "Black is still the No. 1 color in tuxedo," says Sue Geyur of Formal Den.

Asha Patel is a senior at North Hagerstown High School. Send e-mail to her in care of lifestyle@herald-mail.com.

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