For Alaina Hightower and Ezra Murphy-Cobb are infamous at Sagebrush High for three things: the first is that their respective families are very wealthy and have funded numerous programs at the school. The second is that they are considered to be part of the upper echelon of the student body. And the third is that they have a fierce rivalry that dating back to when they were in middle school.
The fact that he is the quarterback of the football team and she not only is the ASB president but a member of the varsity swim team, with their own bands of followers who will stick up for their leader, doesn’t help either.
One day, in mid-October, a rumor rippled through the school. Word had it that Ezra Murphy-Cobb was accusing Alaina Hightower of stealing something "valuable" during a party he hosted the previous Saturday following the Homecoming game. He was convinced that Alaina took it in the name of petty vengeance, now that he was in the spotlight that she so desperately craved, and was now hiding it somewhere in her family’s mansion.
In a fit of anger, Alaina announced that while her parents were away at their vacation house in Cabo, she was going going to host her own party... and she was going to make it the biggest Sagebrush had ever known the following Saturday. Everyone attending the school was invited as long as they showed up at the door with their school ID and wearing the best formal clothes they could afford. And to prove that she meant business, she added that everyone was invited to search (almost) every room in the house (locations like her parents room, her dad's study, and the wine cellar in the basement had to be off limits or else she'd be grounded for a year).
Ezra then sweetened the deal. Not only will he attend, but if anyone recovers his stolen item will be given a huge reward. Money, popularity, whatever you want, he will grant it.
Of course, the Sagebrush High color guard team (minus Victoria and Charlotte, who have since graduated) just had to attend. For some, it was a chance to attend a ragin' high school party and to try and be cool for once. For others, the chance to get their Nancy Drew/Poirot/Shane and Ryan buzz on to finally solve this mystery once and for all...
And in Elijah's case, it was to try and make a move on his long-time crush Gina de la Rosa. But when he tried to make small talk with her, he got flustered and ran off to the second floor to calm down before trying to make another move. Annie and Jasmine, noticing how freaked out he got when trying to talk to Gina, wanted to see if he was alright. Pearl followed just to see what was going on. And well, they accidentally stumbled in on something that could solve the Hightower/Murphy-Cobb rivalry once and for all...
This was supposed to be a two-piece entry but I ran into some technical difficulties when trying to splice them together. But you can view what was supposed to be the second half here: www.deviantart.com/stareyedinl…. The idea for the piece was to do a cross-section, with this entry as the top half and the second part as the bottom half.
For Elijah, I wanted to go out and do something crazy and colorful as befitting the description of his aesthetic way back in Round 0. In particular, I went with florals and bright colors to bring out his bold personality. He doesn't have a lot of money, so he would have to go with anything that his local suburban shopping mall had to offer, albeit with some alterations (it's pretty hard to find pants that can fit a 5'2" frame). Thanks to the likes of Harry Styles and Zach and Eugene from the Try Guys, floral patterned suits are popular enough that he is sure he can make a good enough impression in one.
Annie's look was more inspired by looking up country-inspired prom dresses on pinterest. The color scheme is more neutral, but she definitely went for the frilled skirt and cowboy boots to liven things up.
Jasmine's dress came from when she tried to replicate Katniss Everdeen's interview dress from the first 'Hunger Games' book for a local comic con. She liked how it turned up so much, she modified it to make it her own with details such as the practical gold flats, flower hair clip, and the gold shoulder pin.
Pearl has this beautiful ao dai that she typically wears for special occasions and family functions. And which, overtime she has made her own with her own touches such as the lotus hair clip and bright pink flats.