Oscars 2017 : Trends on the red carpet

The Academy Awards is the biggest night in Hollywood. The world’s largest celebrities gather to support the films and walk the red carpet in the latest fashions. The whole world is  looking at the best dressed celebrities to see what trends will be for the rest of the year. Here are some tips for you to look just as fabulous at your 2017 prom as the A-list celebrities.

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Beaded ivory dresses were a huge trend on the red carpet. Take inspiration from Felicity Jones, Isabelle Huppert and Hailee Steinfeld. Achieve this look for prom:

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Style 51046 / Style 50374 / Style 4481

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Talk about true Hollywood glamour! Nobody can go wrong with a classic black evening gown. We are totally in love with the looks of Alicia Vikander, Brie Larson and Kristen Durst. Achieve this look for prom:

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Style 1903 / Style 65803 / Style 25279

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Style 80716

There is no way to talk about dresses at the Oscars without mentioning this year’s winner Emma Stone. She looked totally amazing in a fringed dress and you can follow this style with our fully fringe dress Style 80716. Shake it!

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When the carpet isn’t red, you can easily rock the volcanic color. At the Vanity Fair after party it was the bold color that stole the spotlight. Achieve this look for prom:

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Style 66127 / Style 77144 / Style 25354

See more on www.macduggal.com

Prom Trend : Red Jersey Dress

You will fall in love with these Mac Duggal red dresses! The color red will always make you look radiant, from blondes to brunettes, everyone can rock Red. With valentine’s day right around the corner, we are obsessing over the color. So, we hand selected the best red jersey dresses for your prom night.

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  1.  Style 77240  2. Style 66070  3. Style 77136

You can wear it long or short, with a V-neck or boat neck, one or two piece, the options are endless! Add a modern edge by accessorizing your prom dress with some gold or silver jewelry and a black clutch bag.

And we all know there’s always a good reason to wear a red dress, even after prom. For a wedding, charity event, or a romantic date on Valentine’s day, your red dress won’t be hiding in your closet. For more ways to repurpose your prom dress check out this blog: 7 Creative Ways to Reuse Your Prom Dress.

More red dresses at www.macduggal.com/Prom-Dresses/Red-Prom-Dresses

Prom Trend : The Perfect Black Dress

 

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If there is one piece that all girls need in their closet, it’s obviously a black dress. It’s chic, sexy, elegant and looks good on everybody. But not all black dresses are created equal.

The short black dress

Embrace your body and show off your legs! With our fit and flare dress, you can dance all night long!

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  1. Style 25247  2. Style 48376  3. Style 48478

 

The two piece black dress

Two piece dresses are daring, trendy and easy to mix and match with other piece from your closet. For a quick post-prom alternation, swap the bottom for a pair of jeans.

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  1.  Style 11082  2. Style 40537  3. Style 40605
The black dress with cutouts

A long dress is elegant, and with some side cutouts you’ll have all the attention.

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  1.  Style 40626  2. Style 40518  3. Style 40667
The black jumpsuit

Rock your prom night with a black jumpsuit. A unique twist that will have you looking and feeling amazing! A prom dress alternative to feel comfortable and sexy.

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  1.  Style 1999  2. Style 25336
The bustier black dress

If you prefer a long dress, stay flirty with a bustier top.

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  1.  Style 65219  2. Style 62277  3. Style 80629

 

 

More dresses on http://www.macduggal.com

 

4 Ways to Choose the Right Jewelry for Prom

This is a guest post by stylist, blogger, and publisher of 4 Fashion Advice, Cathie Hehman. This fabulous blog gives fashion and style advice for women of all ages.

What to Consider When Choosing Jewelry for Your Prom Dress

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The style, neckline and color of your prom dress and your hair color go into the decision making when choosing jewelry to go with your prom dress. Also you do not have to wear matching earrings and necklaces. You can mix it up. Plan ahead and try some different types of jewelry with your prom dress, shoes and purse and do a mirror test before you decide on jewelry.

Pearl or metal jewelry (gold or silver) and sparkly (quality rhinestone or diamond) jewelry go with every color prom dress. Silver jewelry looks especially good with cool colors such as blues, violets and greens. Gold jewelry looks nice with warm colors like pinks, corals, yellows and reds. However there are no rules that say you can’t wear gold jewelry with cool colors or vice versa. Dresses that are very fancy look better with simple style jewelry. Prom dresses that are simple in design can be worn with one piece of statement jewelry. One shoulder prom dresses or gowns that have trim around the neckline or decorative busts (sequined, beaded, etc.) usually look better without necklaces.

Aspen Alves is Wearing Mac Duggal Style 82028M

Aspen is Wearing Mac Duggal Style 82028M, a one sleeve prom dress with an embellished neckline and bodice. She wears minimal jewelry with just a simple pair of earrings.

Simple style strapless dresses look fabulous with or without necklaces. If you are wearing both earrings and a necklace one piece can be more elaborate than the other. For example classic stud earrings with a statement necklace or statement earrings and a simple style necklace.

Neutral color prom dresses like white, beige or black might be OK with colorful jewelry. A little trial and error is necessary before you decide what jewelry to wear.

How to Take an Amazing Prom Photo

Whether you are heading to prom this month or are going to be snapping tons of pictures with both a camera or iPhone, it’s crucial to know how to take a good prom photo!

Because, let’s face it, if you’re spending all that time on finding the dress and doing hair and makeup, then it’s just important as capturing that perfect moment. You should absolutely look your best in pictures. Thinking ahead of time on just how you want this to be done will make it super easy! As you know, these pictures will be everywhere! Snapchat, Instagram, and tagging will happen before you can even say, “wait get my good side!” So, let’s go over the basics on getting that perfect prom photo.

1. Location, location, location

Choosing the background of prom photo is everything! It’s all about the location or locations that you want to have your prom photo. Plan for both a “dry” location and “wet” location, just in case it rains (as it often does in April and May). Although we hope for the best weather, you should find a few places around your home or neighborhood that hold a special significance to you. The park is an obvious place with all the beautiful budding flowers, but don’t be afraid mix it up too!

Tip: make sure the background is cleaned up. You don’t want any trash cans, embarrassing stuff, and even photo bombing friends in the background of your picture.

Brooke Porter Wearing Mac Duggal Style 48002L

Brooke Porter Wearing Mac Duggal Style 48002L

2. Lighting

You’ve go to make those sequins shine! Go somewhere that has great lighting, both natural and artificial. You can even test it our before you are in your dress. Snap some pictures around the house to see what would works best. Natural lighting will bring out the beautiful makeup you’ve had done and glimmer on chiffon material. Artificial lighting will make sequins really pop and help you stand out in a crowd!

Tip: get a variety of photos in different lighting. You can always go back and choose your favorites.

Karagan Justice wearing Mac Duggal Style 3744A.

Karagan Justice wearing Mac Duggal Style 3744A.

3. The “Pose”

Got a favorite angle or side? Love pulling the peace sign or sticking out your tongue like Miley. . . well, maybe don’t do that. But, feel free to be you! Part of the fun when taking pictures is showing exactly who you are in that moment. If you wanna be crazy, go crazy. If you want to be that demure princess, then strike that beauty pose. Practice your favorite poses and fun looks. You won’t regret it! And as always. . . “smize.”

Tip: Pull as many poses as you like. Who cares if you are trying something different, you’ll want those great memories.

Pro Tip: Tilt you head to the side, but just a pinch. It’ll make you look less stiff, more elongated, and flatter your figure.

Katelyn Zelinski Wears Mac Duggal Style 61041

Katelyn Zelinski Wears Mac Duggal Style 61041

4. Do a Double Check

Before the cameras start going off like crazy, do a double-check! Lipstick, food between teeth, cracked lips are all potential smile ruiners. Check your corsage and make sure it’s not crooked. Do an entire dress check to make sure nobody is standing on your skirt and that everything is in the right place! There is nothing worse than getting that perfect picture back and realizing that there is a stain on it.

Tip: Have a double-check buddy. Have your besties’ back by having her check you and you check her.

Victoria Van Zant and best friends are both wearing beautiful Mac Duggal Dresses.

Victoria Van Zant and best friends are both wearing beautiful Mac Duggal Dresses.

5. Balance Time Between Friends and Date

Okay, so you’re going to be taking a lot of pictures on prom night. There’s honestly no escaping it. Learn how to balance your time between your date and your friends. Make sure to take pictures alone with your date, but also take some awesome fun pictures with your friends. Get a group pose lined up and remember how much fun you had with your besties. Take a few cute selfies together and totally take some awesome pictures of your group out on the dance floor.

Tip: Have someone snap a picture with your family too! You’ll love looking back with them at these memories.

Hannah Hausman Wearing a Beautiful Mac Duggal Dress with Her Date

Hannah Hausman Wearing a Beautiful Mac Duggal Dress with Her Date

6. Take Your Time

A rushed photo session never returns the results your hoped to receive. Don’t expect to get great pictures if you start taking them just as the limo arrives. Plan ahead, know your schedule, and make time for some candid shots. It’s all about being smart with your time while still maintaining a level of fun.

Tip: Make sure everyone knows the schedule as well. If you have that friends who is always running late, make sure to expect all those bumps along the way.

Tiffany Eberhart looks totally amazing in Mac Duggal Style 81719M

Tiffany Eberhart looks totally amazing in Mac Duggal Style 81719M

7. Relax

No matter how important the day is, always make sure to relax and have fun. It’s a day to enjoy with friends and you should be having the time of your life. Your candid photos will probably be your favorite, but you’ll still want those posed photos to last through the year. Relax, have fun, and look spectacular!

Tip: No tip needed! Just have fun.

Shea Mills Glamorously Wearing Mac Duggal Style 61566D.

Shea Mills Glamorously Wearing Mac Duggal Style 61566D.

 

Check out our Pinterest Board for more amazing photos and prom photo ideas! You could be featured on the Mac Duggal’s website and Pinterest page too. Just use the hashtag #MacDuggal and the @MacDuggal handle to tag yourself and your dress.

Dress Your Way to a Better Spring

Spring has sprung and it’s time to start talking about the trends that you can get right now. Although prom is just one very special day, that doesn’t mean that you have to be stuck in winter colors for the rest of the season.

Instead stick with a hot spring trend of 2014 that will last through the summer. When you look back at your prom pictures, you’ll be glad you did!

Pastels

It’s certainly not a huge surprise that pastels are in season for spring. Everyone is looking for that pop of color once April arrives and it’s a trend that has proven true throughout the years. From soft blue to sweet pinks, pastels are perfect for keeping up with the latest spring trends.

Mac Duggal Style 61368M

Mac Duggal Style 61368M

Sporty Chic

That sporty look is perfect for that high school athlete. And it’s the perfect trend right now. Taking your natural sporty look and just adding a bit of glam to it is the easiest thing to do. Go with simple embellishments and dresses that feature flexible jersey material. It’s the best way to show off your athletic talents while still feeling like you are ready for prom!

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Mac Duggal Style 85152A

Tea Length Skirts

Straight off the runway are tea length skirts. Somewhere between a midi and a maxi (yes, it’s that specific now) are these lovely skirts. It’s a perfect ladylike hemline but it can be just as modern as the mini. Tea length skirts are soft and sweet, and are the perfect combination for fierce spring fashion.

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Mac Duggal 1610D

Peplums

Looking to add a bit more flare to your look? The peplum dress is will help you stand out amongst a sea of a-line dresses. Peplums pack a powerful punch in such a small embellishment! They are fun, flouncy, and, contrary to the stereotype, they make you look slimmer and accentuate your natural curves. The peplum dress gives you lots of volume without adding inches to your waist. It’s the perfect spring trend to wear as you are getting your beach body ready for the summer.

The Mac Duggal Peplum dress.

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Sheers

Those sheer tops, skirts, and dresses are again perfect for Spring 2014. With this long winter, it’s been way too long without wearing our favorite sheers. The sheer look on a stunning prom dress is the perfect feature that won’t be something you end up regretting later. You’ll look sexy but stylish without having to bare all.

 

Mac Duggal Style 82003A

Mac Duggal Style 82003A

 

Mac Duggal Dresses for Spring 2014

Three Amazing Mac Duggal Styles for Spring 2014

Vintage Hollywood Style Perfect For Prom

This is a guest post by stylist, blogger, and fashion guru Liz Everett. Her fabulous blog, Liz Everett Glam, builds upon fashion and style for the everyday woman.

A return to the ultimate glamour of old Hollywood is in store for you this prom season. From the gorgeous berry and scarlet stained lips of screen sirens like Betty Paige & Lena Horne we see color stained lips hitting that red carpet all over the country. We really have to zero in on the glamour that the movie Great Gatsby inspired for all of us. It is truly a time embrace the next level of gorgeous as you enter your prom or gala like a true old Hollywood diva!

Let’s begin by taking your personal notion of the Gatsby style to the hilt with a headpiece or an over the top headband. One of the easiest hairstyles to combine with either of these would be a messy bun or even a curly, twisted chignon. It is less about perfect with these hairstyles and more about creating the vibe of vintage glamour.

Gatsby Inspired Prom Dress

Strike a pose, ladies! Get a Gatsby inspired look with a fabulous Mac Duggal Dress.

When it comes to makeup all I can say is liner, liner and more liner! Your eyes are going to go gorgeously smokey with a sultry hint of shimmer. Top to bottom really practice a full line with your eyeliner. Now here are two hints for perfect full eyeliner. If you are not used to lining your eyes and you feel that the black color is overwhelming do black on tom and halfway on the bottom and then do a color like purple from the inner eye duct to meet the other bottom line.

Vintage Inspired Prom Dress

Get a fabulous Vintage Hollywood Style with strong lines of eyewear.

Now let’s move on to the lip. This season there are so many gorgeous berry colored shades as well as amazing hues of red that are taking over. Every Hollywood star is rocking some fabulous tone on their lips but the most important thing is the liner. I know many of you feel like lip liner is a lost art but it is truly the most important thing to do so that your lips have definition in photos. Remember these pictures will last a lifetime!

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With big bold lips, your Vintage Hollywood Style is totally achievable with a Mac Duggal Prom Dress.

Over all Mac Duggal has such a gorgeous selection of gowns for you to choose from that will help you capture the attention of everyone in the building when you hit the red carpet at your prom or gala event. The Mac Duggal Prom Collection and the Mac Duggal Couture Collection are perfect for finding a vintage Hollywood style. It is all about  getting your glam on this year with a touch of old Hollywood glamour!

Check out these amazing vintage inspired Mac Duggal Gowns.

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Counterfeit Prom Dress Gave Me A Rash

This is a post written by Mac Duggal social media manager, Nicole Schultz, recounting her experience purchasing a Counterfeit Prom Dress.

On Tuesday afternoon I experienced a very real situation that thousands of young prom-going girls will suffer this season.  Counterfeit Prom Dresses not only leave girls disappointed with poorly fitting dresses, but can also lead to a health risk.

If this blog post deters even one girl from buying a counterfeit prom dress, I’ll have done my job. But if you have already purchased a counterfeit prom dress, be prepared for the very worst. Because I certainly wasn’t.

Buying the Dress

Every girl dreams of buying that perfect prom dress. I know the feeling. You want to find that perfect dress that will make your parents smile as you walk down the stairs. You want that wow moment where your date turns to you and says, “You look beautiful.” You want every girl to compliment your amazing style as you dance the night away

Now I’m well past my prom-going days, but we decided at Mac Duggal to purchase a few counterfeit dresses online that were being sold as Mac Duggal originals.

Modern Bridals Dress 3434T is a counterfeit copy of Mac Duggal Style 3434.

Modern Bridals Dress 3434T is a counterfeit copy of Mac Duggal Style 3434.

We purchased the counterfeit copy of the original Mac Duggal Style 3434 from counterfeit online store called Modern Bridals. This online dress store is associated with a group called “Prom Dress on Sale.” These so called stores, and many more, sell counterfeit dresses. They all have the same header, they all follow that same format.

As you can see from the photo above, there are a few key signs that should tip you off that this particular page is a counterfeiter. First is the deeply discounted price. If the price seems too good to be true, then it is. The second thing that you should notice is the color option. Mac Duggal offers this dress in only THREE colors: Gold, Crystal Black, and Purple. It’s not by some miracle that some other store offers it in 35+ colors.

When you see a dress in so many colors, run for the hills! It’s the number one sign that you are dealing with a counterfeiter.

Now, on our Mac Duggal website we offer this dress in the color “gold.” Which is why I selected and wrote Gold US Size 4.

Specifically asking for US Size 4 in the Gold Color.

Specifically asking for US Size 4 in the Gold Color.

After placing my order, I was taken to a Chinese website to reconfirm and put in my credit card information. Now, if this doesn’t scare people off from purchasing their dress, then I don’t know what will!

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The page bounced a few times and wouldn’t load, but finally I had made it in. I placed my order and then received an alert from my bank. I had to explain to the banking official that I was knowingly about to purchase a counterfeit dress from a Chinese website in the name of research. I’m sure they thought I was crazy!

After going through that grueling experience of buying a counterfeit dress, I then received a very “official” looking confirmation email from a woman named “Coco.” I’m told that the name “Coco” is typical for the online group of counterfeiters. This was the email I received.

No graphics, no official name from "Modern Bridals." Just you and this "Coco" person.

No graphics, no official name from “Modern Bridals.” Just you and this “Coco” person.

I was then asked a series of questions: size, color, and when I would need the dress. I specified that I wanted the exact color from the image on their website and that I wanted it in a size 4. Based upon ordering this dress on December 11th, 2013, I was informed that it would take 25 days to have it delivered.

Getting the Dress

Needless to say, it wasn’t here on time. I received the dress more than a month later on January 13th, 2014, after it had been delivered to the wrong location. Apparently we should have reconfirmed the address a few times.

So, after months of researching the counterfeit prom dress market and hearing numerous stories from young girls who have been tricked by Mac Duggal counterfeiters, THIS was the moment of truth.

I didn’t receive Mac Duggal Style 3434. I received a gold counterfeit dress that looked slightly like the original.

The Mac Duggal Counterfeit Dress from Modern Bridals.

The Mac Duggal Counterfeit Dress from Modern Bridals.

Although I would have liked to show you the dress on the size four mannequin, it didn’t fit. The dress wouldn’t even zip up along the side. The sequins were tiny and sharp! The dress wasn’t even fully sequined. . . they embellished the dress with cheap, plastic stones for the vine pattern along the bust. In comparison, the Mac Duggal dress is completely sequined. The worst part was the length and the hips. The material around the hips bunched together for a totally unflattering look. The length of this dress didn’t match ours at all. There was barely a train and it constantly stuck to the ground because the sequins caught on everything!

Trying the Dress On

To be honest with the reader, I did not want to try this thing on! I knew it wasn’t going to fit and that it was going to be a hassle to get on and off. But, that should have been the last of my worries.

But, in the name of research, I knew that I had to wear it. When I tried the dress on it immediately became a game of maneuvering my body around the stiff material and sharp sequins. By the time I had the dress around my head, my arms were scratched and cut. Although it didn’t fit me and I couldn’t zip up the dress, I decided to walk around to see how it felt.

As I suspected, the worst part was around the hips. It was so tight! And after ten minutes of being in this dress, I had to take it off. Right as I was doing so, I felt a warmth and an itch along my arms. I shouldn’t have been surprised, but my arms were covered in hives. Talk about a bad prom!

This was the final result:

A comparison of Mac Duggal Style 3434 and its Counterfeit Copy from Modern Bridals.

A comparison of Mac Duggal Style 3434 and its Counterfeit Copy from Modern Bridals.

Without a doubt, these dresses are different. The color, the size, the cut, the sequins, the embellishments. Everything that could go wrong with this counterfeit dress did!

And there is nothing we can do about it. No returns, no store credit. Nobody would take responsibility for this health risk of a dress. When you buy a counterfeit prom dress, nobody is going to help you fix it. You’ll have to buy a new dress that does.

But you can stop the counterfeiters in their tracks if you quit buying their gowns! Stop your friends. Stop your younger sisters. Stop anyone from buying a counterfeit prom dress.

It could be the difference between going to prom and missing one of the most important nights of your life.

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How to Choose the Right Shade of Red

The red dress is having a moment right now. A classic red dress makes a statement. It says confidence and elegance all in one simple swish of the skirt. But for a lot of young girls, it’s often a daunting task to take on for your first prom dress.

Choosing the perfect red dress is a lot like choosing the right shade of red lipstick. All are gorgeous, all make an undeniable statement. But we all end up asking ourselves the same question, “Is this the right shade for me?”

Because, let’s be honest, nobody wants to be compared to a human cherry or a walking red ball when you enter your prom. That’s why, if you want a red dress, it is so important to know which reds are right for your skin tone.

The fear of looking too washed out or too gaudy is a real concern. But for most of us, we don’t even know where to begin. And, indeed, not all reds are created equal. Although it may take some time to decide the right prom dress style for your big night, there should be no doubt that you will find that perfect red color that matches your skin tone.

With a huge selection of red dresses, we’ve made it easy for you to quickly spot which red is the right choice for you.

Match Your Red Dress to Your Skin Tone

PORCELAIN

Porcelain skin tones, a lighter skin tone with cool undertones, looks the best with cool reds. Dresses with hints of a light pink or cheery red color, will really bring out the natural coolness of your skin tones. The dress below is a “lipstick red” color and features those cool colors. However, you can go ultra daring with a warm red color.

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FAIR

This lighter skin tone still has cool undertones but it is somewhat less noticeable. To really bring that out, continue with that cool red color to compliment the subtle hints of coolness. However, you can still be ultra bold with a darker red color. Bold red colors will compliment the soft red color in your cheeks. Avoid an orange-tinted red gown.

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BEIGE

This skin tone features a yellow undertone with subtleties of a cooler colors. It looks the best with a warm red color to heighten the warmth of your skin tone. However, you can still wear a cool red color.

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OLIVE

Without a doubt, olive skin tones look the best with warm reds. The green undertones in this skin tone is really brought out with the warmth of a red dress.

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CARAMEL

Although warm reds are totally wearable for a caramel tone, the best color dresses that will really pop are the dark reds and plum colors. This will perfectly compliment those golden undertones to add a more glowing look. If you have darker eyes, it will also totally bring those out for a perfect prom photo.

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ALMOND

It’s time to go deep red with purplish hues if you have a natural almond skin tone. Going with a deep cool color of red will totally make you pop in front of the camera! A deep red color dress will also bring out your smile in a truly fabulous way.

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Will you be wearing red for Prom 2014?

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