The glamourous life
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From short and sassy to floor-length glamour, prom-goers never had it better, with plenty of dress and gown choices to suit any preference or theme concocted by your friendly school prom committee.
Punahou senior Kelsie Gomes signed up for her prom committee, in part, to be able to help pick the theme of the April 28 event.
"I love prom and I wanted to help out. A lot of my friends are going all out for senior year, and we wanted it to be a little more formal this year.
"When it came time to vote on the theme, some were like, 'Disney,' and we were like, 'Uh, no.' There were some guys, I don't know if they were just joking, but they were saying things like 'Candyland' and 'Monopoly,' and we were like, 'Wait a minute, that's not prom.'"
Thankfully, the girls won with their idea of a return to "Old Hollywood."
At Villa Roma, owner Audrey Fu isn't surprised by the choice of theme.
"Girls want to look their best and look for what will fulfill their dream of how they want to look," Fu said. "They're so exposed to images now, from the Internet, magazines and Fashion Television, where you can see shows from the red carpet over and over again. And what they see, they want."
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Liz Boonnark wears a short, multi-tiered lemon-colored confection dubbed "Evening Kir Royale" ($420) at the Betsey Johnson boutique at Ala Moana Center, where her chunky gold-and-pearl bracelet is $55 and matching earrings are $45. CLICK FOR LARGE