Jewel tones, prints and bright colors are among the attention-grabbing trends for prom dresses this year, said Joey Nelson, a David's Bridal employee who helped coordinate a prom fashion show Saturday night at Hagerstown Community College.
During the "Say YES to the Prom Dress" fashion show, members of the college's Robinwood Players Theater Club modeled styles such as "fierce, fabulous prints," "short and sassy" and "classy and chic" dresses.
"Fierce, fabulous" dresses included such eye-poppers as a flowing, backless, pink floral-print dress and an animal-print ball gown overlaid with shimmering fuchsia and tangerine fabric.
"This look is fun, bold and as fierce as the print underneath, making those at your prom say, 'Wow,'" master of ceremonies Joan Johnson said of the fuchsia-tangerine gown.
Short prom dresses — shorter than tea length — are another growing trend in prom dress fashion, Nelson said.
Short dresses modeled Saturday night included a retro-inspired cocktail dress with a full, tiered skirt, as well as more modern styles such as a sleek short dress with pockets.
All of the dresses were provided by David's Bridal at Crosspoint Shopping Center in Hagerstown.
The show also featured tuxedos provided by Men's Wearhouse of Frederick in Francis Scott Key Mall, hairstyles by Hair Port 3 in Hagerstown, jewelry from Premier Designs Jewelry and makeup by Mary Kay Cosmetics.
Hair Port 3 Owner Patti Hull also had some popular prom hairstyles on display on mannequin heads at a booth outside the show.
Hull said she draws inspiration for prom updos from the red-carpet fashion world, but also takes into consideration factors such as the dress's neckline and her clients' personalities.
Renting the right tuxedo is simpler, but men should make sure to find out the color of their date's dress in order to pick out a matching or coordinating vest, said Ladonna Jackson, a senior customer service associate at Men's Wearhouse in Frederick.
Vendors were invited to participate in the show free of charge, said Robin Shaner, the Robinwood Players' advisor.
"We like to support local businesses," she said.
Tickets to the show cost $3. About 35 people were in the audience.
This was the club's second prom and tuxedo fashion show, Shaner said. Its first was two years ago, she said.