by MIKE CHAIKEN
The idea of these closed groups is to ensure that no girl shows up with the same prom dress—so everyone will look different.
But what if you want to look truly different, and unique, at your prom.
There were a couple of prom look trends coming out of the New York runways earlier this year from the top names of prom dress design that offer a chance to look wow at prom– and in an outfit that goes beyond the traditional look of prom.
At the Mac Duggal show in New York City at Art Hearts Fashion in February, the well-known designer had the traditional gowns, with ballroom or mermaid skirts, jewel tones, and lots of bling.
But he caught the attention of many at the runway show when models walked out in outfits with slacks and flowing trains. It was an intriguing look with a definite dimension of practicality… and freedom. For those girls who actually want to dance at prom, the slacks offer a chance to move without having to bunch up their skirt to keep their feet from shredding the bottom of their skirts.
Mac Duggal also offered up another hot trend, the two piece gown. These looks offer a separate top and skirt, leaving a hint of a bare midriff. And short babydoll skirts also were in force.
Mac Duggal also elicited ooo’s and ahhhh’s when one of the models walked out in a prom outfit that essentially was a body suit with translucent train. The look had that Hollywood red carpet feel even if it was an unexpected approach to an elegant prom look.
For a fashion shoot at The Palace in Waterbury, Laurye Natale of Dazzle Boutique in Waterbury, provided two Mac Duggal looks that reflected the trend of shorts for prom.
One dress styled by Dazzle had the traditional silhouette of full prom dress skirt from behind. But from the front, the skirt was open and beneath, there was a romper with shorts in the same fabric as the skirt. The cut out in front provided that freedom to dance throughout the night.
Another Mac Duggal prom look provided by Dazzle worked the silhouette of a sheath gown with a cape courtesy of bat wing sleeves. But the surprise feature of this look was romper with shorts with a daring red carpet plunge in front. Again, the shorts offered danceable freedom, the sleeves and plunge offered the drama. The look was different and unique… and provided that definite hallmark of individuality.
Prom dresses traditionally will stick to a single color palette, breaking up the expanse of color with embellishments or sequins.
But at the MacDuggal show there were several looks that offered a variety of prints rather than solid hues. The prints were unexpected– but due to the nature of such fabrics, the prom outfits offered more possibilities for girls to look different.
One of the outfits with shorts provided by Dazzle came in a print.
Dazzle also provided a more traditional gown with a sweetheart neckline and a high waisted mermaid skirt with a very feminine floral print.
Both prints provided by Dazzle offered a pop of pure white and color in the room. And they offered a non-traditional formal elegance.
The moral of the prom story in 2017 is that it is possible to make a nod to prom fashion traditions while still offering an opportunity to look memorable and unique while creating those high school memories.
For Mac Duggal dresses, visit Dazzle Boutique, 130 Scott Rd., Waterbury. For the latest dresses from MacDuggal, visit https://www.macduggal.com/ or https://www.ctfashionmag.com/2017/02/12/glamour-and-surprises-from-mac-duggal/
Models are Sami Anderson of Wolcott, Taylor Plourd of Bristol, and Savannah Voigt of Thomaston.
Hair and makeup provided by the students at the International Institute of Cosmetology in Plainville and Wethersfield (StudyHair.com): Margarita Rios, Fatima Shah, Brianna LaClair, Haeley Mulholland, Faith Gortler, Jessica Glass, Terry Pinette, Nyasia DeJesus, Shannon Rieth, Emily Rios, Evan Small; and their instructors Molly Daukas, Savannah Messenger, and Teena Gugliotti.