May 3, 2013

Posted by in Dress for Success

Prom Fashion Trends with Aleah Connect on ABC 7’s Windy City LIVE! Video Link Included

Prom is like the Oscars for teens!  And every girl wants a prom dress that matches her personality, flatters her figure and makes her stand out from the crowd!  From red carpet worthy monochrome gowns to runway inspired peplum dresses, this season’s prom fashion trends are designed to do just that!  Bejeweled bodices, satin wraps at the waist punctuated by frilly tulle skirts, eye-catching ombré effects, cascading pleats, vivid prints and shimmery sequins all describe the plethora of options available this prom season.  Whether you like lace overlays for a hint of romance, trendy hi-low cuts on airy chiffon gowns or even mermaid style drop waists there is something for you!

I visited my friends over at ABC 7’s Windy City LIVE to feature some of the most fashion forward looks for prom this year.  And check out the photos below, I’m taking you behind the scenes with me to see how our models got all glammed up for the show!   Special thanks to Kasia’s Bridal (, Target and their Kate Young Collection ( and the Glass Slipper Project ( for providing the dresses.  Another BIG thank you to the Hair Cuttery ( for styling all of our models hair, and Victoria Grist and Tiffany Evans for makeup!  Nakamol on Michigan Avenue ( provided the accessories (, Anna Held Flower Shop in Edgewater designed the corsages ( and Formally Modern Tuxedo styled the men (, including Ryan Chiaverini!  Click on the link at the end of the post to watch the full segment! 


1 - 2013 Prom Fashion Trends ABC 7 Windy City LIVE - Aleah Connect  Aleah Connect, Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini discuss prom’s top fashion trends live on set!

Aleah Connect on Windy City LIVE 1 The Hosts getting ready for all the prom festivities!

2 - 2013 Prom Fashion Trends ABC 7 Windy City LIVE - Aleah ConnectTommy and Cynthia (Red one shoulder hi low dress –  Target’s Kate Young Collection)

3 - 2013 Prom Fashion Trends ABC 7 Windy City LIVE - Aleah Connect Teddy and Jocelyn (Classic ball gown with an ombré effect and beading – Glass Slipper Project)

4 - 2013 Prom Fashion Trends ABC 7 Windy City LIVE - Aleah Connect  Jared and Erin (Sequin bodice and tulle skirted dress with off center broach – Kasia’s Bridal)

5 - 2013 Prom Fashion Trends ABC 7 Windy City LIVE - Aleah Connect  Charlie and Caitlyn (Ombré all over sequin dress with exposed back – Glass Slipper Project)

6 - 2013 Prom Fashion Trends ABC 7 Windy City LIVE - Aleah ConnectAleah Connect, Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini discuss proms top fashion trends live on set!

7 - 2013 Prom Fashion Trends ABC 7 Windy City LIVE - Aleah Connect  One big happy family!

8 - 2013 Prom Fashion Trends ABC 7 Windy City LIVE - Aleah Connect  Our handsome guys are too cool for school in this photo right before the show!

9 - 2013 Prom Fashion Trends ABC 7 Windy City LIVE - Aleah Connect  Caitlyn (top left), Jocelyn (top right), Cynthia (bottom left) and Erin (bottom right) say cheese after makeup!

10 - 2013 Prom Fashion Trends ABC 7 Windy City LIVE - Aleah Connect  Aleah Connect with makeup artists Victoria Grist (Left) and Tiffany Evans (Right) of Arbonne!

11 - 2013 Prom Fashion Trends ABC 7 Windy City LIVE - Aleah ConnectGlamour shot outside of ABC 7’s studios!

12 - 2013 Prom Fashion Trends ABC 7 Windy City LIVE - Aleah Connect  And another inside!

13 - 2013 Prom Fashion Trends ABC 7 Windy City LIVE - Aleah Connect

The fabulous ladies at the Hair Cuttery worked their magic on our models!

14 - 2013 Prom Fashion Trends ABC 7 Windy City LIVE - Aleah Connect

Feeling great after the show!  All smiles!!

Special thank you to our amazing sponsor!  Watch the segment here or here.


15 SEQUIN BODICESean Collection, Hailey Logan, Sean Collection | Prom 2013

Trend 1 – Sequin Bodices and Tulle Skirts: Beads and sequins create rich dimensional shine and bling on the fitted sweet heart bodices of strapless frocks.  Pouffy tulle skirts are tempered with wide, satin sashes for girlie girl appeal.  My favorite element, you can move and dance all night in a dress like this!  Also keep in mind this silhouette is perfect for pear shapes as the emphasis is on top, drawing the attention to the upper body while the voluminous skirt helps conceal a fuller lower half.

17 OMBREFire, Soprano, Soprano | Prom 2013

Trend 2 – Ombré Effects:  All eyes will be on you as you glide through the dance floor in an ombre dress.  Pleated panels crisscrossing fitted bodices, rhinestone-buckled single shoulders and dazzling, bead encrusted waists gleam against artfully pleated jewel-hued ombre chiffon gowns this season.

16 PEPLUMLa Femme, Sean Collection, Calvin Klein | Prom 2013

Trend 3 – Peplum: Sumptuous lace, daring cut outs and fin-like peplums fashion the ultrafemme body-con form of slinky peplum dresses.   If you have an athletic build and are looking to create an hourglass silhouette choose peplum!  Plus you’ll get to show off your long, lean legs!

18 HI-LOWXscape, Aidan Mattox, Laundry by Shelli Segal | Prom 2013

Trend 4 – Hi-Low Dresses:  Can’t decide whether you want to go short or full length for prom?  A high low dress is the perfect solution!  Clusters of shimmering sequins and vivid impressionistic prints bedeck lace overlays of strapless minidresses and cascading layers of floating chiffon creating rippling high-low skirts for every girls delight.

19 DROP WAIST JS Collections, Hailey by Adrianna Papell | Prom 2013

Trend 5 – Mermaid Drop Waists: Bandage-style bodices, sweet heart and mesh necklines sculpt the contoured silhouettes of glamorous gowns featuring dropped waists and floor-sweeping sheer skirts.  Remember how spectacular Jennifer Lawrence looked in her Dior Couture drop waist gown at the Oscars this year?  Channel her allure this year for prom!

20 ALL OVER SEQUINHailey Adrianna Pappell, FAVIANA, La Femme | Prom 2013

Trend 6 – All Over Sequin: Glossy sequins coat floor-grazing gowns; some dense at the bodice and more sparingly near raw edge hems and others fully covering striking strapless dresses.  Looking for drama at every camera angle?  Go for stunning side slits!

21 MESH DETAILINGLush, Hailey by Adrianna Papell, Hailey by Adrianna Papell | Prom 2013

Trend 7 – Mesh Necklines: Sheer and embellished mesh yokes set the tone for flirty skater dresses, knotted waistlines and column gowns with on-trend back cutouts, metallic-dot patterns and floor-sweeping hemlines.  These are also called illusion dresses.

22 BLACK AND WHITEHailey Logan, Lush, As U Wish | Prom 2013

Trend 8 – Black and White:  Satiny crisscrosses, edgy faux leather, and sequin stripes texture the versatile bodices of party-ready dresses with ethereal chiffon skirts and floating hems.  Monochrome is the number one trend across the board this year, and prom dress trends are following suit!


Trend 9 – One Shoulder Dresses: Sequin one-shoulder straps, angel sleeves and pleated single straps lead into slimming bodices with sweet heart necklines, soft, fluttering hems and figure accentuating skirts.

24 PRINTED DRESSESXscape, As U Wish, Max & Cleo | Prom 2013

Trend 10: Printed Dresses:  Plunging V-necks, strapless styles and rounded necklines grace metallic-embossed chiffon gowns, vivacious sequin zigzags and floral bouquet prints all with flirty fits.  Statement making embellished prints create dramatic, contrasting finishes and rebel against traditional coats of sparkle for prom.  Be bold this prom!

VIDEO LINK 1: Watch the full segment on YouTube

VIDEO LINK 2: Watch the full segment on ABC 7’s website

Thank you for sharing the inspiration with friends!  Let’s stay connected.


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