Saturday May 08, 2010 | 06:59 PM

Guess what Greater Portland? It's one of my favorite times of year, when wrists sprout flowers and gowns glitters. It's prom season, and tonight it kicked off with South Portland High's upperclassmen and their dates looking fabulous and descending upon the Marriott ballroom.

In preparation for a story I'm writing about his year's prom fashions, I caught up with prom committee members Liza DeCesare and Esther Palmieri at Ester's home this evening before the festivities. More than 30 of their friends and just as many parents and relatives showed up to enjoy light refreshments and a non-stop photo shoot.

The girls favored long gowns with or without straps, but almost always with rhinestones, sequins and beads. Rich jewel tones continue to be popular, and a handful of girls are now choosing printed gowns. Fewer girls seem to be wearing short skirts than in year's past, and sandals (most often silver) were the footwear of choice.

For the guys, the tuxedo reigned supreme. Most opted to go black, although a few did make a statement in white and I saw a couple guys in pinstripes. Vests continue to be popular, as do ties, with only a few guys going for the classic bowtie.

From Esther's house, her friends boarded a trolley and rode over to the high school, where it seemed most of the city had turned out to mingle, see the clothes and take more pictures. From there, all the ticket holders traveled to the hotel to enjoy dinner and dancing.

In addition to the story about prom 2010's hot looks, be on the lookout for a special edition of Scene & Heard in June when we'll feature photos of prom-goers from across southern Maine. If you or someone you know wants to submit a photo for the section, email it to me at I'll have more details about the special Scene & Heard prom section in the May 16 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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