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Here’s how to look like a red-carpet celebrity on prom night

Hooray for Faux-llywood!

Tinseltown meets Cowtown this prom season, as red carpet-inspired dresses dominate the style scene for your young superstar. More than ever, as stars step out, girls take note.

"The fashion runway has really become secondary to the red carpet," says Tara McBratney, fashion director for CosmoGIRL! "Celebs have really become the primary inspiration."

From the moment a celebrity hits the red carpet, designers, such as prom-dress designer Niki Livas, are in a showroom sketching away, jotting down all the details necessary to emulate the soon-to-be-coveted look.

"I think it’s natural that teens look to celebrities ... to get ideas about who they want to be and what looks they want to try," Livas says. "Then they re-interpret those looks to what makes sense to their personal style."

For our annual prom fashion issue, we’ve combined the popular trend of red carpet-inspired gowns with another re-emerging trend — short dresses.

"They’ve really been off the market for the past five years," McBratney says of short dresses. "They’re really new again ... and they’re just as formal as the longer dresses."

We favor these fun, flirty yet age-appropriate dresses over the other dominant trend of deep V-neck dresses and plunging backs. Our featured frocks are looks students and parents can agree upon — something that never goes out of style.

Style star inspiration

Jennifer Lopez, 2007 Academy Awards

Our dress

Rose strapless Grecian dress by Flip, with embellished empire waist and subtle bubble hem

How much

$209, from WhatchamaCallit

Accessories

Karen Scott silver "Nora" heels with rhinestones, $49, Macy’s; Givenchy necklace, $30, Macy’s; earrings, $6.79, Cherish

Our model

Kam Phillips, 17, senior at Paschal High School

Style star inspiration

Rihanna, 2007 MTV Video Music Awards

Our dress

Jessica McClintock satin bustier dress with square neckline, double contrast neck bands with bow and short bubble skirt and side pockets

How much

$129, from Dillard’s

Accessories

Chinese Laundry black satin "Willy" heels, $59.99, Macy’s; La Regale black patent clutch, $38, Ruby; cable bracelet with pearl and pave accents, $65, Ruby ; round silver earrings with black stones, $28, Austin Lorin; silver-and-white costume ring, $6.79, Cherish

Our model

Mackenzie Campbell, 15, sophomore at Paschal High School

Style star inspiration

Cameron Diaz, 2007 Golden Globes

Our dress

Paris by Tony Bowls strapless chiffon A-line dress with scalloped and beaded lace bustline, black bow and ribbon-trimmed empire waistline and multi-tiered skirt (also features detachable straps)

How much

$329, from WhatchamaCallit

Accessories

ABS Allen Schwartz black satin "Bless" evening slides, $115, Spoiled Pink; La Regale black purse, $28, Macy’s; Jazzy Jems earrings, $12, Chiffoniers; Clover rhinestone necklace, $35, Ruby; Large round pave ring, $130, Ruby

Our model

Cassia Myers, 17, senior at Christian Life Preparatory School

Style star inspiration

America Ferrera, 2008 Hollywood film premiere

Our dress

Eva Franco purple sheath with rosette detail on waist

How much

$225, from J. Saunders Boutique

Accessories

Pelle Moda silver metallic "Diamond" heels with embellished stone-studded strap, $138, Spoiled Pink; costume ring, $6.79, Cherish; Metallic silver clutch, $42, Ruby; clear stone bracelet, $34, Chiffoniers; dual-disc dangle earrings, $38, Austin Lorin; rhinestone necklace, $45, Ruby

Our model

Melissa Nuckolls, 17, home-schooled, Fort Worth

Style star inspiration

Jessica Alba, 2007 MTV Movie Awards

Our dress

Jump Apparel red strapless dress with empire waist and full skirt

How much

$89, from Dillard’s

Accessories

Style & Co. gold heels, $49, Macy’s; Charter Club gold earrings, $38, Macy’s; leopard clutch, $52, Austin Lorin; gold cuff, $28, Spoiled Pink

Our model

Micayla Brown, 16, sophomore at Paschal High School

WHERE TO SHOP

Austin Lorin, 5665 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville

B. Whitman, Southlake Town Square, 1443 Main St., Southlake

Cherish, 1431 Southlake Blvd., No. 501, Southlake

Chiffoniers, 3905 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth

Dillard’s, multiple locations

J. Saunders Boutique, 4303 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth

Macy’s, multiple locations

Neiman Marcus, Ridgmar Mall, 2100 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth

Ruby, University Park Village, 1540 S. University Drive, Fort Worth; and Southlake Town Square, 119 Grand Ave., Southlake

Sephora, North East Mall, 1101 Melbourne Road, Hurst

Spoiled Pink, 4824 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth

WhatchamaCallit, 4601 West Freeway, No. 400, Fort Worth

SMALL AND SWEET

Touch up and go? It’s in the bag. Or on your key chain. Or your ring finger.

Keep your look fresh and polished with these downsized beauty finds perfectly sized for your evening clutch or even your key chain.

Urban Aid On the Go Kit. This silver kit includes one mini emery board, two dental flossers, one sewing kit, one hairband, two adhesive bandages and one stain-treating towelette. $9.50, at www.urbanaid.com

"Justine Case" by Benefit. This mini-beautifier kit includes Some Kind-A Gorgeous foundation; Benetint rose-tinted lip and cheek stain; California Kissin’ minty fresh lip shine; and Eyecon brightening eye cream. $30, Sephora/Hurst.

Bourjois Mini Volume Glamour Ultra Black Mascara. On-the-go girls can still have lush lashes thanks to this mascara that hooks easily onto your key chain. $8, Sephora/Hurst.

Marc Jacobs "Daisy" Solid Perfume Ring. Stay smelling sweet with a dab of Marc Jacobs’ Daisy scent, concealed in a mod gold ring. Simply twist to find the solid perfume inside. $30, Neiman Marcus/Fort Worth.

Hard Candy Lip Gloss Ring. Keep your lip gloss close with this nifty ring that comes packaged in a clear, fun jewel box. $6, www.sephora.com and www.hardcandy.com

The purse: Gold Sondra Roberts clutch, $90, B. Whitman/Southlake

— Karalee Miller

PROM BY THE NUMBERS

$234 average price for a prom dress

$790 average amount student spends on prom, including dress, shoes, makeup, limousine and post- prom plans

$2.7 billion total annual cost spent on prom

16.5 million number of prom-age teens in the United States

Source: 2007 survey conducted by CosmoGIRL! PROM, SeventeenPROM and TeenPROM (including information from the New York Times)

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