Full-skirted evening gowns were big news at Moda this season, with the surge in US-style school proms driving a trend for tulle skirts and heavy embellishment despite the hefty price tags. Exhibitors reported increased demand for flamboyant styles with elaborate corsages, ruffles and iridescent fabrics, especially in fuchsia pinks, peacock blues and greens. Ivory also did well, despite the bridal associations. Shorter styles, such as the dresses on offer at US label Blush Prom, and relatively inexpensive taffeta gowns were also popular, as were babydoll-length dresses. Mother of the bride and Ascot outfits also came in rich, jewel colours, or sophisticated coffees and neutrals. Co-ordinated boleros and dressy jackets with nipped-in waists provided elegant cover-ups, while matching hats completed the look. Dress details tended to come via pleats, clashing fabrics, corsages or fringing, or figure-flattering ruching. Sonia Peña showcased the latter with a co-ordinated blue and green outfit, while Nicchi offered a more directional co-ordinated outfit comprising a shift dress and matching bolero with peaked statement shoulders and with bright colours splashed across black.