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your look ● fashion forecast By Kaye Davis Spring Styles Reign This spring’s hottest looks are bold and plenty, with every- thing from risky and colorful to subtle and understated ready to help you wow at your biggest occasions W hen calendars turn to prom and pageant sea- son across the country, the spotlights shine on a broad range of looks designed to best accen- tuate individual features and express personal style. Fashion offers the perfect platform for a lady to express herself and her style in any forum. The Atlanta Apparel Market/World of Prom is the pre- mier resource in the country for all the fresh, forward looks for 2014. Whether it’s a high school junior attending her first prom or a seasoned competitor reaching for new pag- eant acclaim, all the major fashion names showcase lines in Atlanta. Here’s a glimpse into some of the looks you can expect to see on stages and runways and in ballrooms this spring: METALLIC TONES age in a refined yet playful look. METALLIC TONES Whether brassy, silvery, golden or coppery, metal toned looks range from body hugging to long and flowing. Lamé, brocade, metallic organza and allover sequins presented in draped, twisted and shirred designs are a striking choice. YOUR HIGHLIGHT REEL SHEER PERFECTION FEMME FATALE Illusion skirts offer a modern twist that balances con- temporary short dresses with a longer hemline. It’s the per- fect combination of party dress and more refined eveningwear. Sheer bodice overlays offer a bit more cover- Lace—especially as a contrasting overlay—is a playful alternative to add a bit of boudoir influence in a slightly more intriguing way. Black on nude is the classic, but col- ored and tonal overlays are more popular than ever. 78 PAGEANTRY Sexier than a super short skirt, high slits work in a vari- ety of fabrics from sequin to velvet to chiffon in order to create subtle and sometimes not so subtle drama.