Knockout clothes fashioned after celebrity styles give promgoers their 15 minutes of fame this season. Renee Zellweger's white Carolina Herrera gown at the Academy Awards, Ashanti's Roberto Cavalli coral and white goddess dress at the Grammys, and Kate Hudson's yellow charmeuse dress in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" are sparking ideas for teens ready to make entrances.
"This year prom is about big glamor," says Elina Furman, editorial director of promspot.com, a Web site on all things prom. "Think of the '40s, when stars were stars, and now you have celebrities like Kate Hudson and Jennifer Garner. Girls need to be more elegant and look at the total package -- the hair, teeth, skin."
The Web site, much like TheKnot.com for brides, offers scads of information for the fashion-savvy teen. Don't know what to do with the locks? Flip through photos of 41 styles in the hair gallery. Clueless about applying foundation? Head to the Prom Beauty School for a quick online lesson. Can't decide which frock to rock? Scan through 300-plus dresses planted on the site.
Dresses worth noticing include column, ball gown and sheath styles in rich tones of red, yellow, emerald green, aqua, purple ombre, soft ivory with contrasting color trims and fuchsia. Little details such as crystals, brocades, appliques, loose layers of tulle or chiffon accentuate surfaces.