Move over Kate Hudson, Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian. Teens are rolling out their version of celebrity red carpet styles for this year’s prom season.
Move over Kate Hudson, Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian. Local teens are rolling out their version of celebrity red carpet styles for this year’s prom season.
Donna Holland, owner of Party Dress Express in Fall River, said prom wear customers are inspired by celebrity apparel from award shows as well as celebrity styles featured in magazines.
“One of our most popular designers, Faviana, takes all of the red carpet dresses and remakes them in different colors,” she said.
“This one is really popular this year,” said saleswoman Ashley Furtado as she held up a Grecian-style crepe chiffon dress with sequins under the bustline. The elegant navy blue Faviana dress, available in several colors, is a remake of a white dress Kim Kardashian wore to a red carpet event earlier this year.
While students are inspired by the celebrity looks, it’s unlikely that they’ll end up in a high school version of the fashion magazine feature “who wore it better” due to the store’s registry and policy of selling one dress design in one color to each area school. Holland said they’re coming into the store earlier and earlier every year (it started in January this year) because of the registry to scoop up the perfect dress before another one of their classmates grabs it.
“Everyone wants the hottest dress, but nobody wants someone else to have it,” said Holland. “It’s like a code of honor with them. Some of them even put it up on Facebook so their friends won’t buy it in a different color. To me, that defeats the purpose of surprising people at the prom. But that’s what they do.”
Holland said she’s hearing fewer debates between mothers and daughters over how much skin they’re allowed to show because this year’s hottest looks are softer, more feminine and show off a bit less skin. Prints are still big, though Holland said they’re more along the lines of blurred watercolors as opposed to the boldly geometric and animal prints of a few years back. Bold jewel tones, blues, purples and bright colors like the hot pink Faviana dress Tiverton High School Junior Jenna LaForce selected are the big sellers this season, according to Holland.
Cost is still a point of contention between mothers and daughters, so this year Holland said they started giving out a $20 prom bucks certificate with the purchase of a dress to help students complete the look with the store’s array of bags, shoes, jewelry and hair accessories. Furtado, who graduated from high school a couple of years ago, specializes in helping her peers select accessories that complement the dresses. The beading and material on the shoes and bag should match up with the sequins, rhinestones and material of the dress. For a silky, shiny dress, she suggests similarly shiny shoes, and for softer looks a matte finish on the shoes and bag.
Red carpet big waves are all the rave with prom clients at Frank Antonio Hair and Makeup on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, R.I. Co-owner Frank Barbosa, a celebrity stylist and Fall River native who did the hair for the upcoming “Sex in the City” film sequel, said students come into the Bellevue Avenue salon seeking the very same looks that he’s created for A-listers on film sets.
“Scarlett Johansson and Miley Cyrus are big, and I just had another student bring in a photo of Teresa Palmer, which was weird because I did her hair for ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,’” he said.
Curling irons are used to reshape hair into the big, beachy waves for the prom night looks, but he suggests one of the new era of semi-permanent perms for those who want to continue the look through the summer. “They’re so gentle now they can be set on anything, even big cushy rollers,” he said.
Barbosa, who co-owns the salon with makeup artist Antonio Aponte, said either a smoky, dramatic eye and natural lips or vice versa complete the red carpet look this season.
A rainbow of brightly colored hair extensions, color-coordinated to match prom dresses, are among the choices for prom-going students at Jewel’s Day Spa in Somerset. The most popular colors at the salon — red, blue and purple — mimic this season’s jewel-toned dresses.
“It’s a little extra pop of color,” said cosmetologist Tiffany Smith.
Their prom customers are also seeking fewer updos this year in favor of natural-looking waves or less formal, partial updos, and they also come armed with hairstyle photos from celebrity awards shows. Cyrus’ hairstyle is also popular with Jewel’s Day Spa prom customers and Smith said she’s also had clients bring in pictures of Hudson, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift.
“It works out well because the proms are a month or two after the awards shows, so they bring in pictures from the awards,” she said.
Students at Jewel’s Day Spa complete the head-to-toe prom glamour with manicures, pedicures, acrylic nails and, in many cases, makeup.
“All they have left to do is get dressed and they’re good to go,” said Smith.