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Area students prepare for prom night

Details, details, details — a prom must surely be warm-up for planning a wedding someday. Besides the date to go with, there’s the dress or tux, the restaurant, the car or limo.

Catholic High School will have its prom April 22, while Farragut, Bearden, Karns and Christian Academy of Knoxville high schools are scheduled for May 6.

“A return to glamour” is how Donna Sexton of Caché defines this year’s prom dress.

“I’d say for the most part, there’s a retro look — a return to glamour like the old movie star look.”

Sexton said this year’s dresses tend to have simple lines, are often satin and are often blue.

“People always do the typical summer colors like coral and bright green. This year there are more blues.”

Chrisy Marshman at Classy Lady said the most popular style is hard to pin down because there’s such a variety.

“Some girls like a sleek, more sophisticated look, while other girls like a princess look,” Marshman said. “The citrus colors have been big this year, but predominately we always do well with fuchia, turquoise blue and red. Red and black are always good for prom night.”

She said tuxedos are part of the fads. “With tuxes I think they’re branching out more, wearing white and cream tuxes and accents like cocoa brown,” she added.

Choosing just the right dress doesn’t mean all the decisions are over. For FHS senior Emmy Crytzer, a dress crisis arose when she and a friend realized they had purchased identical dresses.

“Me and this other girl had the same dress, so I have to go get another dress,” she said. “She had to wear her dress to something else, and she already took the tags off. I still have the tags on mine.”

Suzanne Evans will be wearing a strapless pale yellow dress with silver, yellow and gold beading.

“I think the new style is to wear no necklace and leave the neckline bare and wear big earrings,” she said. She plans to wear her hair half up and half down.

Gina Guerrieri, a senior at CAK, has a backless black and champagne dress. She plans to have her hair styled half up and half down and is thinking about putting flowers in her hair. Last year she wore shoes with a clear acrylic heel that twinkled when she walked.

Meredith Jansen’s gold dress is beaded with straps that cross in the back.

She’ll wear gold dangling earrings and plans to have her hair curled on the ends, and half up and half down as well.

Jordan Cummings, a junior at BHS, and Ryan Siddons, a Pellissippi State Technical Community College student, plan to rent tuxes, the usual choice for guys.

But if a guy has more than one prom to go to, he, like Taylor Vorhees, a junior at Catholic High School, may choose to buy a dressy suit.

Guerrieri, her date and a party of friends will be arriving at Club LeConte in a limo party bus.

She said it’s a small black bus with a plasma TV, wet bar and a 40-inch TV screen at the rear. Vorhees said he plans to go out to eat via the water.

“We’re taking a yacht to Lakeside Tavern,” he said.


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