Prama: Choosing a Dress

With less than 20 days left until Prom, many girls have already gotten their dresses. However, if you’re still searching for that perfect dress, here are a few tips to help you out. 

First of all, if you’re contemplating wearing a short dress, don’t. High-lows are acceptable, but short dresses should be left for homecoming and the winter formal. Prom is one of the few times in your life when you can wear a long formal dress, so you might as well take advantage of it. 

Next, after deciding what length to go with, you have to decide on a color. Steer clear of dresses with crazy patterns and every color that the rainbow can imagine. When people look at you, you want them to be looking at you, not at your dress that looks like a rainbow that just ate skittles threw up all over it. So, instead of choosing a dress like the Rainbow Fish, try to stick to one color. However, ombre dresses, dresses with metallic, and color blocked dresses are safe ways to wear more than one color. 

Designers are always trying to come up with new and innovative ideas for dresses that could be worn to prom, but this year there was one new style that should not have even made it into the production line. 

I’m sure that while many of you were browsing the internet for prom dresses, you happened upon the Sherri Hill website and possibly the MacDougal website. While both of these brands generally have a great assortment of dresses, they both made the same mistake of producing the un-producible. Clinton Kelly and Stacy London would both be ashamed. 

Imagine a black one-piece swimsuit with large sequins and rhinestones embellishing the entire bodice; now right above the hips add a sheer floor length layer of black fabric with a slit going up the middle. I know this type of dress would never pass PA inspection, but I just had to make sure that people would avoid that dress at all costs. 

Before we move onto what should be worn, let’s quickly recap what shouldn’t be worn: short dress, rainbow dresses, sheer dresses, and swimsuit dresses. 

A style that is very popular this year, thanks to the movie The Great Gatsby and the TV show Downton Abbey, is the 20s style dress. With a drop waist and a loose silhouette, these dresses breathe elegance and are right on with the trends. As always, the princess gowns are largely popular, as well as mermaid and trumpet gowns. When choosing a silhouette, choose one that fits your body type the best, and make sure that you’re comfortable. 

Now, when wearing jewelry you must be judicious. If your dress is strapless, choose to either wear earrings or a necklace, not both. Wearing both a necklace and earrings can make the outfit look heavy and cluttered.  If you are wearing a dress with straps, again choose either a necklace or earrings, but if you do wear a necklace, make sure the weight of the necklace contrasts with the weight of your straps.  
 At the end of the day, everyone will look like a princess and the night will be one to remember. Just be sure not to trip up any stairs while you’re walking. 

New York Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 13

Although it would seem to be impossible, New York City is even busier than ever. It’s fashion week in New York and for the next eight days this city will not stop moving.

From the look of the models on the runway you would never be able to tell that backstage it’s pure and utter organized chaos. Designers are making last minute adjustments and hairstylists are whipping curling irons around and spraying so much hairspray that it could be a fire hazard. While breathing in the fumes, makeup artists are moving at the speed of light while trying to finish 20 or more models’ makeup in about 2 hours. At the same time models run around slipping in and out of their outfits in less than one minute.

But now that the eight days of fashion week have passed New York has returned to it’s previous, somewhat less hectic state, and we can now take a step back and assess the upcoming trends of the spring/summer 13 season.

From February seventh to the fourteenth over 130 designers presented their lines. The top 5 designers from this year’s spring/summer13 fashion week were Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, and Jason Wu. However, the man of the hour and the reigning king of New York Fashion week is Marc Jacobs.  

Consumers want what Jacobs designed; unfussy, retro, and feminine shapes that work in real life. He pushed waistbands lower than they have been in decades. Is this possible a trickle down trend from the up and coming film, The Great Gatsby? Most likely, the answer is yes.

While we can expect that 20s style dresses with low waistlines will be popular this season, what else should we be adding to our closets? First of all, what things can you get rid of? As Heidi Klum says, “As you know, in fashion one day you’re in and the next you’re out.”  Here is a quick list of things that you can erase from your closet and possibly your memory: decorative 3D nails, neon colors, studs, studded collars, studded shoes, anything with studs, wedge sneakers, printed pants, and body con dresses.

Now if you’re shocked because you have to clean out your entire closest, do not fret! The fashion world has moved on to bigger and better things. Replace your neon colors with different shades of green and orange passé, and instead of decorative nails, paint one nail a different color than the others. Common themes of this season will be retro, feminine, minimal, utilitarian, and preppy.

This season is about simplicity. Look towards Karen Walker, Chris Benz and Marc Jacobs for examples of strong retro styles. For feminine styles look at Christian Siriano and Thakoon and for a minimalistic style look at Alexander Wang. DKNY and Altuzarra gave strong lines featuring utilitarian styles and Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Tory Burch feature, of course, preppy designs.

As for patterns and prints lean towards stripes, florals, plaids, and tribal prints. Color blocking is still popular, but instead of color blocking in a dress or a single garment, color block separate pieces, such as a skirt and a shirt, in contrasting colors.

After the hectic, yet exciting, eight days of fashion week come to a close we are able to see the future of fashion. We can see the changes that will be taking place. Many people fear the upcoming changes, especially considering that they just got used to the styles from the autumn/winter 2012/13 season. However, we must listen to the words of the creative director of Marie Claire, Nina Garcia. “Every season I’m reminded that change is inevitable, change is constant, and change is good. Say it with me: Change is good!”

Hot or Not?

ImageAlthough it may seem like spring is months away, it’s just around the corner. As it gets warmer we start to shed our layers and we start wearing brighter and warmer colors. However, last seasons spring colors just won’t cut it for the Spring/Summer 2013 season. While the S/S 2012 was all about breezy and playful colors, such as bright oranges and soft pastels, this season is all about colors that enhance self-expression and balance. Pantone’s executive director of the Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, says, “The expression ‘balancing act’ is something we all relate to as we strive to find harmony in the frantic pace of our everyday lives. The same can be said for fashion, as we look for balance between light and bright, classic and new. This season’s color palette emphasizes this need for balance, while at the same time allowing for individuality, self-expression, and excitement.”

Ladies, listen up. Tender Shoots, Grayed Jade, and Emerald. Green is the color of this season, specifically, Emerald green. These greens range from sophisticated to cheerful, and offer a perfect base to any other color. Another color that is popular this season is a deep blue, referred to by Pantone as “Monaco Blue”. This color contrasts the vibrant energy of the greens and provides stability and depth to this season’s array of colors. While cool colors have been taking the spotlight, there are a few warmer colors that will also be popular. Pantone predicts that the warm colors of this season will be Poppy Red, Lemon Zest, and Nectarine. There is a color for everyone this season. So don’t be afraid to rock the bright colors and let your personality shine. However, when I say bright colors, sadly, I do not mean neon colors. Neon colors are as out as crocs.

The colors for menswear this season are similar to that of the women’s. There is an emphasis for balance while accenting the soft neutrals with bright energized colors. However, there are a few colors that change for menswear. A soft neutral green, Tidal Foam, replaces the vibrant Tender Shoots in menswear this season.  Also, a more Dijon hued yellow, Sunflower, replaces the bright Lemon Zest.  These color trends are brought to you straight from New York Fashion Week from an eclectic mix of designers. So, if anything about the fashions of S/S 2013 is certain it’s that these colors are the colors of the season.