Fashion show at mall Saturday offers look at latest prom gowns

Prom-goers take note: The Westfield Connecticut Post shopping center is planning a big spring fashion show Saturday, March 22, to show off prom dresses and tuxedos.

The show will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the mall and will feature almost 70 models. The event is free.

“The crocuses and spring flowers haven't yet bloomed, but this weekend you can get out of the cold and come to see dozens of fresh spring prom fashions, and enjoy free makeup and hair style demonstrations,” said Danielle Consiglio, marketing manager of the Westfield Connecticut Post.

The fashion show will be held in center court on the first level in front of Macys and those in attendance can preview “this season's hottest and most unique prom dresses, tuxedoes, makeup and hairstyle,” mall officials said.

There also will be discounts at participating stores at the mall.

“For this season's prom-goers this is a great opportunity to see what's available,” said Frank Fanelli, Macy's visual manager. “Get a jump on the event, and avoid the last-minute scrambling we see every season.”

Local proms usually take place in May.

Sixty-six male and female models from New Haven and Fairfield counties ranging in age from 14-25 will be modeling dozens of fashions from Macy's, Deb and Windsor.

Thirty of the models are from East Haven High School, which partnered with Westfield Connecticut Post.

Westfield Marketing Manager Danielle Consiglio, an East Haven High School graduate, worked with her former East Haven teacher, Tony Vaspasiano, who is giving students community service credit for volunteering their time to participate in the show.

“The students are very excited about the show. We're hosting a fashion show at the school in April, so this is going to be great practice,” said Vaspasiano.

The models also include a Miss Teen New Haven contestant.

The event is hosted by Star 99.9's morning show host, Anna Zap and music will be provided by Star 99.9. Local artist Lansky Aloi (who recently opened for Flo Rida at Sacred Heart University's Spring Weekend) will be doing a special performance. Sundae Spa is providing hairdo services and Marinello Beauty School is providing hair and makeup services.