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paying big bucks for prom
paying big bucks for prom
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Despite the sluggish economy, Staten Island teens and their parents are willing to pay big bucks for prom fashion. When it comes to that special night, photos on Facebook, Twitter, albums, and priceless memories are worth well - thousands - for one night.

The Staten Island Advance and its web site adds that getting the ultimate in prom fashion does not come cheap. There is the dress, limo, photographer, hair and nails, flowers, makeup, heels, accessories, and the perfect bag and jewelry to consider into the mix. Added The Advance today: "For most young ladies attending the biggest social event of high school — i.e., prom — the quest for the dress is over and that perfect gown is sitting in their closet, waiting to be displayed on the big night. And they paid big money to have that dream gown."

“They’re typically spending between $300 to $600 on a dress,” Margaret Barranco, owner of In Phase Fashions, New Dorp, said to The Advance. "Factor in the shoes, accessories, handbag — plus day-of hair and makeup — and a young woman very likely may spend over a grand to achieve that picture-perfect look."

Ms. Barranco said white, black, red and salmon also are popular colorss for girls this year. "From the dress and jewelry down to the shoe, it’s all about how many crystals, rhinestones and beads a girl can pack in per square inch. Expect handbags to feature statement studs as well," adds Barranco to the newspaper.

"There’s a lot of dramatic, vibrant-colored lace dresses this season, a trend that sprang from the bridal market," according to Janet Zenna of Ivory & Co. to The Advance. "Chiffon is also a popular choice in fabric this season."

"Sheer illusion fabric around the bodice and back -- which give the appearance of see-through material without showing skin -- is very popular this year," according to Christine Ashwal of Ultimate Fashions II, states The Advance.

Gianna Ferraiolo, a sales associate with Ultimate Fashions II, Great Kills, said to The Advance that accessories that come in jewel tones are becoming trendy this season. Oversized earrings and necklaces in hues such as ruby, sapphire and emerald were big sellers, she added.

Staten Island parents, teens, and fashion followers tell us your response: Would you spend over $1000 for the perfect prom night? Let us know your comments and feedback!