“MAAAG-nificent!” sings Brenna Dickerson, Indian Land High junior and head of Prom Committee, describing the long black gown with rhinestones she wore Thursday night.
It was her favorite of several she modeled during Indian Land’s prom preview and fashion show.
“Tonight we had our prom fashion show to show off our awesome and fabulous looks so we could pump up our people for the prom this year. Our prom is April 25. It’s a Friday, and it’s going to be awesome!” Dickerson says.
“The showcase is a way to introduce the students to the latest in prom fashions, and to become aware of the services and products that are in the area,” said Kim Pyles, Indian Land High School’s special education department head and coordinator of the event.
Significant support of the event came from CB’s Limited of Lancaster, which provided the dresses and fitted all the student models for the show.
“CB’s is a long standing tradition around here,” Pyles says.
“They have been in business for almost 50 years, and you can’t find better service or quality when it comes to prom fashion...People travel from all over to shop at CB’s right in Lancaster. I know it was the place I always took my daughters when they were high school students. We also want the students to become familiar with other vendors who offer products and services they might want heading into prom season.”
Olivia Stogner of CB’s Limited said the store aims to keep the cost of prom dresses less than $500.
“Our favorite vendors are MacDuggal and Angela & Alison. Lace is really in this year. Pastels are in. A lot of the fully sequined dresses are in, especially with one sleeve. A lot of girls like mesh at the top with cap sleeves. A lot of the girls this year have actually gone with a more classy look with no sequins or beading at all – they kind of want to focus more on themselves than just the dress. We’ve done a lot of red and black and white. Lace has probably been our biggest seller. Girls have already started shopping. We’ve already sold a good bit of our inventory but we have new stuff coming in about every day.”
Formal wear for men will lighten up this season with tailored tuxedos in shades of gray, predicts Michael Draper, owner of Gregory’s Formal Wear at The Commons at Winthrop in Rock Hill. Colored vests, ties and pocket squares are expected to be popular again. However, this year’s fitted styles pave the way for a comeback of the bow tie, and don’t be surprised to see even the classic staple of male formal wear, the cummerbund, making a reappearance.
Flowers are a girl’s best friends
The corsage has grown up. Justin Auglin, a designer at The Plant Peddler Flower Shoppe, has one word to sum up the season’s flower trends: “bling.” Floral designs take on a leading role as statement pieces with blooms set off by rhinestones and crystals. Marabou feathers and sculpted wire in various colors add texture.
“Pink is the hot color,” Auglin notes. Floral designs featuring magenta and other brightly colored blossoms will be worked into necklaces, bracelets, hair pins and more. A sculpted wire cuff of flowers worn above the elbow will be popular again this year, he and colleague Christy Dease predict.
For guys who choose not to match the vest to the dress, the boutonniere design can “mimic or echo what the girls are wearing. It gives them a way to tie their outfits together without being overbearing,” Auglin said.
Following the fashion show, drawings were held and several attendees received prize packages from the vendors. Students were also able to purchase their prom tickets at a discounted rate.