Teenage Red Carpet

Prom is a teen's time to shine!


Times have changed, and I think that, just like women in the twenties and thirties, and how their wedding dress becomes their "red carpet moment," teenagers' "red carpet" moment now is prom.

In the past, I'm not sure that Hollywood had such a huge influence. Maybe back in the '40s and the '50s, but during the '60s, '70s, '80s and even into the '90s, we weren't quite as fascinated by celebrity dressing. So today, I think that for a lot of teenage girls, it really turns into a question of which actress or singer she loves, and whatever it is that she's wearing.

That said, I don't think that a lot of people in real life have many "red carpet" situations. So you have to understand why people look to celebrities. Where else are they going to get their fashion information? This is their moment to be on display. So, I think that it's a tricky situation, because it's not something that women do everyday, so you don't get better at it. Most people's biggest mistakes are made at night. If you ask most women, "Show me twenty pictures of yourself, and show me ten evening and ten day," chances are her evening pictures are going to be a bigger mistake than her day. Partially because she doesn't do it a lot. I think that prom fashion today is teenage red carpet. That's what it really is. raterunway_06_220x415.jpg

The arrogance of youth comes up a lot with Christian. When you are a designer, you better be sure of yourself, because you are telling people, "Wear this. I'm right and you're wrong." You are trying to be the voice of style for them. That being said, rudeness does not translate into a long career. And you have no choice, when you are working with a client -- when you disagree, you better learn to disagree diplomatically and try to slide your perspective in there. I don't think that's easy for him. He wants the client to just shut up and wear what he wants them to wear. Which is fine when you're dressing a model and you're paying her. But this is not someone you're paying. This is someone who has to go out there and wear this in real life. I think sometimes his arrogance gets the better of him. You can't blame the client.

My God. At the end of the day, you can't say, "she wore it wrong." No -- you didn't collaborate correctly.Victorya is one of those designers who believes in framing the woman. A lot of the legendary female designers through history, from Claire McCardell and Chanel through Donna Karan and Diane von Furstenberg, are women who really started their whole process by dealing with and understanding their own bodies: how to get dressed, how they wanted to present themselves, and I think Victorya is very much in that vein. Her designs are user-friendly, and they're woman-friendly.


In this instance, she knew she was dealing with a 17-year-old girl, who, my God, your skin is never going to be seventeen again! Show off beautiful skin, let it be a frame for the woman, in this case, a girl, and Victorya's very aware of that. She's not about imposing something on people. And I think there are a lot of designers who've become very successful approaching things that way. raterunway_09_220x415.jpg

I think that sometimes straight men have a very hard time designing evening clothes. It's an odd thing. You would think the opposite. Straight men, when they do evening clothes, have a tendency to go one way or the other. She either becomes a matron, or a mommy, or she's a hooker twirling a handbag. Because I think that it's pushing him out of the boundaries of what he's really comfortable with.

A lot of straight men have an easier time with daytime clothes, because I think they're a little more related to a man's vocabulary. Particularly in today's world, there's nothing worse than seeing a young actress on the red carpet dressed like a fifty-year-old woman, but a prom ... this is not the situation where a girl wants to look old. She wants to look sophisticated, but she still wants to look youthful. I think Kevin took "sophisticated" as "she wants to be a matron."

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