Who says you have to wear an expensive, frilly Jessica McClintock gown or rented tux to the prom? All right, maybe your mom, but even she doesn't want you to break the bank for one night. Buck tradition! Be creative! Wear tape.
Tape? Sure, why not? It's kind of punk, actually, and punk is in. Besides, it could get you and your date $2,500 each for college. Duck brand duct tape is challenging high school couples to fashion formal wear from the sticky stuff, which comes in neon yellow, green, pink and orange, as well as the standard silvery gray.
The best-decked pair (participants have to send in a picture of themselves at the event) will get the scholarship money, and their school will get an additional $2,500 just for the heck of it.
For a contest registration form and entry rules, go to www.ducktapeclub.com. All entries and photos must be in by June 15. For some inspiration, check out the above Web site. You won't believe the things people are doing with duct tape.
All aglow with jewelry
For about $9, you could own the same jewelry that musicians Gwen Stefani, Chris Kirkpatrick and Fred Durst wore to the Grammys. Manufactured by the Yanova company and called GloGear, the necklaces were created to "fill the void for those seeking quality nighttime costume jewelry that lights up," says Yanova's president, Lance Kushner. Really, though, they're just another way to call attention to yourself, because, as promised, they light up -- for up to 20 consecutive hours on one set of batteries.
Made out of crystal or acrylic, the necklaces come in all sorts of shapes, including butterflies, dragons, daisies, and the ever-popular Britney Spears and 'N Sync collections. Find them online at www.glogear.com or at Target, Kmart and Claire's Boutiques. -- T. B.
On the beltway, in the fast lane
Knock off four trends with one buy: the canvas, military-inspired belt with a bejeweled buckle from Streets Ahead:
1. Belts in general are hot right now. Wear this one loose around your hips.
2. The army colors meet this season's soldierly theme.
3. The canvas is reminiscent of those preppy belts from the '80s, which are back.
4. The crystal adornments add that feminine touch, which is all over this spring.
The belts are available at o bluefly.com for $40. -- T. B.
* May 17 and 18 -- Designer David Goodman, best known for his use of fur and cashmere, will present his fall 2001 Buonuomo collection at Mano Swartz in Baltimore this Thursday and Friday -- all day, both days. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (the store's hours), Goodman will essentially hang out with the customers, teaching them about the materials he uses and acting as a fashion consultant. Models will also swirl about in Goodman's designs, many of which use bold colors like fuschia and turquoise and funky patterns. His signature piece, the Twist-I-Fur fox boa, features multi-colored striping and is the least expensive of Goodman's collection: It sells for $250. Mano Swartz, 98 Village Square, 410-825-9000.