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May 3, 2013

Anything goes in flowers for today's prom

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Boutonniere holders (think ice cream cone shape) often anchor the traditional male floral in metal. They come in filigree, vine and many other designs. Magnet sets can be used to keep them in place, and they can be reused for high schoolers who plan to attend more than one prom.

Sparkly broaches or decorative pins can also be used as an attachment for teens of any gender.

EMBELLISHMENTS: Anything goes regardless of where you decide to place your flowers — and whether you’re the one in a dress or a tux. Colored feathers, ribbons of different textures, prints and widths and silk leaves can be mixed. Arrangements can have dangling strands of beads or rhinestones or bejeweled pins. And in a trend borrowed from the wedding industry, plant succulents and pods are used as accents.

And in some cases, the whole shebang is sprayed with glitter!

“Everything sparkly continues to be very popular. I’ve had a couple of girls, they just want glitter all over their flowers. I’m starting to see more personalization with their whole outfit,” said Tracey Foster, owner of Twigs florists in Yerington, Nev., and writer of the blog Promflowers.blogspot.com.

How about a glow? A company called Bioconst has come up with cut flowers that offer a blacklight effect when treated with its fluorescent formulation and combined with a UV device embedded in a corsage or boutonniere. Another company sells LED kits similar to tiny Christmas tree lights to arrange among the flowers.

PLACEMENT: Wearing the prom arrangement on the wrist remains popular, but florists and designers support other placements as well, the head among them.

“I love doing hair flowers,” said Stacey Bendet of Alice & Olivia. “It’s more modern.”

Gillespie and Twigs are among shops offering florals attached to rhinestone-studded tiaras, more relaxed bohemian headbands worn across the forehead or around-the-head wreaths.

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