Striking a pose in his leprechaun-green tuxedo, 18-year-old Trevor Ahouse of Sugar Notch admitted, “I feel like the guy on the Lucky Charms box.”
“I’m like a big, juicy grape,” said Ryan Josefowicz, 18, of Hanover Township, who was similarly attired in bright purple.
“You look like a pink Starburst,” Chris Jones, 18, of Hanover Township said, comparing his friend Antonio Costantino’s Pepto-Bismol-tinted top hat, shirt, vest, tuxedo, walking stick and shoes to a strawberry-flavored fruit chew.
Jones himself could just as easily have been compared to an orange Starburst, but he explained he was going for the “Dumb-and-Dumber” look, complete with ruffled shirt, sported by comedian Jim Carrey in the 1994 movie.
“We just wanted to make a fashion statement,” Jones said last week, shortly before heading to Genetti’s in Wilkes-Barre late Friday afternoon for the Hanover Area Junior/Senior Prom.
Just so you know, the Hanover guys’ top-to-bottom bold colors are not exactly a trend. Most prom-bound young men opt to rent traditional black tuxedos, Michael J. Pantano of Tuxedo Junction said. “Then they match the vest and tie to the girl’s dress.”
But this fun-loving group of friends from Hanover Township wanted to set the style tone for the evening— and most of their dates went along with the idea.
“I couldn’t find an orange gown (to match Jones’ orange tux),” 18-year-old Katie Zuranski said, explaining she chose a blue gown that complemented his brilliant, citrusy tone.
But Kayla Baranosky, 17, was firm. When she heard her date was contemplating a bright red tux, “I told him I wouldn’t go.”
Their compromise? A less flashy combination of powder blue and white.
So who put more effort into getting ready for prom? The guys or the girls?
“We did,” Jones said firmly as dozens of young people gathered on the lawn of the Costantino home in Hanover Township while parents and friends snapped photo after photo.
Don’t be too sure about that, said Tiffany McCary, 18, pointing out she had her nails manicured to match her blue gown last week and got up at 7 a.m. on prom day to attend to details of hair and makeup.
Indeed it was a day for details, with 16-year-old Octavia Ercolani’s smile revealing green rubber bands on her braces — the better to match the bright green of her floor-length gown.
Speaking of hemlines, 19-year-old Meegan Walton said, you’ll find everything at a prom from floor-length to street-length to a high/low skirt, which can be above-the-knee in the front and to-the-floor in the back.
“Proms have come a long way since my mother made my prom gown,” said Kathy Nardone, owner of Prom Excitement in Edwardsville, where this season she sold dresses with “lettuce-leaf” skirts, horsehair hems, trains that could be bustled like a bridal gown for easier dancing and cut-out dresses that may have been influenced by “Dancing With the Stars” co-host Brooke Burke Charvet.
Vivid colors have been huge this year, Nardone said. “You’re talking lime green, you’re talking crisp purple. There’s been a lot of red.”
Speaking of color, under her princess-style, sunny-yellow gown, Walton sported chartreuse socks and peachy-orangish sneakers. “I’ve always been the unique one,” she said, explaining the creative footwear would keep her comfortable and not make her appear any taller than she is. “I think I’m 6 feet,” she said.
Walton, who is a freshman at Clarion University, attended the 2013 prom with Brandon Holmgren, 18, of Ashley, who is a senior at Hanover Area. They attended her senior prom last year, and she said she enjoys the formality of the events. “I’m usually like a tomboy, but it’s fun to get dressed up all girly-girl once in a while.”
Not to be outdone in the fashion department, Holmgren decided to wear a kilt that his mother, Mary Holmgren, rented from a New Jersey company.
He described it as a celebration of his heritage, which is Irish, Scottish and German.
“It was either going to be a kilt or lederhosen,” Mary Holmgren said with a laugh.