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your look ● fashion forecast By Kaye Davis BOTANICAL PRINTS Flower Power Floral patterns blossom for social occasions this season E verything is coming up roses for prom, pageants, and social occasions this season. Floral motifs dominated the WORLD OF PROM runway, spotted across all silhouettes, cuts, and styles. Gowns ranging from sleek mermaids and ﬁt and ﬂairs, to ﬂowy full skirts, double skirts, and ball gowns with design elements including cut outs, long sleeves, off the shoulder, deep necklines and bare midriffs, featured a botanical boost. Ensure your sales are in full bloom by understanding the prom and pageant landscape. PROVEN WINNER A classic combination of light pink and spring green is sweet, stylish, and timeless. Full ball gowns are reminiscent of a fairytale princess, while cutouts and bare midriffs strike an excellent balance between sweet and sassy. ROSE OF SPAIN Bold red and black are paired in another traditional color combination. Modern cuts and new interpretations of the classic ﬂoral pattern design — even substituting hot pink for red—make this look more fashionista than ﬂamenco. SHOOTING IN BLACK AND WHITE Just as black and white photos have a certain air of so- phistication, black and white interpretations of ﬂoral pat- terns are chic and elegant. UNREAL FASHION Floral hues don’t need to be found in nature. Bright colors and exaggerated shapes give a psychedelic and totally fun vibe. Look for the color palette in beading, prints, and appliques. BIOLOGY CLASS Pages from prom-goers’ biology textbooks come to life with true-to-life botanical prints. Attention to detail is key, with over-sized prints acting as accents instead of an all- over pattern. Keep proportion in mind with this trend. 24 PAGEANTRY