VOGUE: This Fall Is All About Velvet

Thin silky fabrics are moving to the back of your closet while lush, heavier fabrics are moving front and center. One of Fall’s hottest fabric trends, velvet!  We have seen it all over the runways and verified by Vogue, we will continue to see it all Fall and Winter. Here are some of our favorite Velvet dresses from the Fall 2016 collections:

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Velvet has even made its way to the pageant stage. Shown here Miss Vermont, Neely Fortune for the 2016 Miss USA Prelim competition in a Velvet Mac Duggal evening gown.

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Vogue’s This Fall is All About Velvet

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Jewel Tone Homecoming Dresses

Be Jeweled! One of Fall’s hottest trends this year is jewel toned fashions. From the runways of Milan to the streets of New York, we are seeing deep emerald, shining ruby red, rich burgundy and cool sapphire popping up all over. In this album you will see some of Mac Duggal’s best designs from the 2016 Homecoming Collection in jewel toned fabrics. Discover all the latest trends at macduggal.com.

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Halter Neck Homecoming Dresses

One of this year’s hottest trends in fashion is the halter neckline. From street wear to ready-to-wear, halter necklines are popping up everywhere. Check out the Mac Duggal homecoming dresses that integrate this trend in a fresh and stylish way.

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A classic homecoming dress silhouette in modern, cheeky colors Lipstick & Royal.

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The high bateau neckline on this black dress is balanced by a fun and flirty-tiered hemline that makes it perfect to dance the night away.

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Jewel tone dresses are hot this season, and emerald may well be the most fashionable of the jewel tones.65713N-BlackMulti-PCStyle 65713N

If you are looking for a fitted classic LBD this Mac Duggal is one that can live in your closet forever.

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A super sexy two-piece red dress features a lace-textured bodice topped with an illusion of diamonds and an embellished waistband.

View the entire Homecoming Collection

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Two Piece Homecoming Dresses

Fall is just around the corner which means time to start thinking about Homecoming! Have you started shopping for your dress yet? The Mac Duggal 2016 Homecoming collection has so many bright, fresh, flirty, two-piece dresses to choose from. 

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Back To School Cool!

School your classmates when you show up in this show stopping Mac Duggal Homecoming dress. With a cap sleeve, sheer-lace cropped top, paired with a cheeky graphic skirt this dress will be a sweet conversation piece. Layers of tulle gives the skirt an extra flare!

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Va, Va, Velvet!

This homecoming dress combines three of Fall 2016’s hottest trends, velvet, two piece and jewel tones.

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Cold Shoulder Diva!

These two-piece Mac Duggal homecoming dresses will be sure to have you voted ‘Best Dressed’.

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Belle-Sleeve of the Ball!

Two piece, lace & bell sleeve details all combined for the most romantic homecoming dress ever!

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 Floral & Fearless!

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These dresses are the epitome of girly glam. Fresh patterns and cuts to ring in the new school year. 

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Shop the full 2016 Collection HERE!

Floral Prints Still On Trend This Fall

by Harleigh Hearts

During the spring season dramatic floral prints were hot. While you may think that floral is just for spring, think again, this hot trend has carried over into the fall collections.  Floral prints are flirty and feminine and this fall Mac Duggal’s Homecoming Collection and After Five Collection,  as well as the Ieena for Mac Duggal Collection, include beautiful floral prints with deep rich colors that are perfectly suited for autumn. And many of these floral prints can transition from day to evening.

The gorgeous two piece homecoming dress shown below with deep red roses on a black top paired with a red skirt is perfect for fall.

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I am in love with this two piece dress from the Homecoming Collection.  The black lace overlay top is stunning and the skirt with the beading at the waistline features a black skirt with roses done in pink, ivory and yellow.

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This floral two piece from the After Five Collection is probably one of my favorites.  The rich royal blue color is amazing.  The top is embellished with beautiful beading and the ball gown style skirt with bright red flowers and daisies make this dress really stand out.

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I love this combination of black, pink and white.  The top of this dress is a gorgeous elegant black with embellishments of pearls and rhinestones at the neckline paired with a ball gown style skirt with floral print over black and white stripes.

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This gorgeous sequin romper from IEENA for Mac Duggal is a show stopper.  The deep colors are breathtaking and the long sleeves are perfect for those chilly fall evenings.

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This beautiful full length ball gown is just stunning in black with the red roses and gold accented leaves.

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This black and blue rose floral printed hi low dress with have heads turning!  The bold contrast of the blue roses on the black dress are eye catching and the hi low cut of the dress says couture with a capital C!

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These fall florals are just a few of the stunning designs featured in the fall collections from Mac Duggal. To view all the beautiful fall floral designs visit macduggal.com.

 

 

Experiencing the Miss USA Pageant

By Harleigh Hearts

I was very fortunate to be able to attend the Miss USA pageant this past weekend in Las Vegas. What an incredible weekend it was! I have said it before, but I will say it again……being an intern at Mac Duggal is a dream come true for me. My weekend started off with a VIP Welcome party for the Teen USA contestants hosted by Mac Duggal on Saturday at Top Golf. First let me just say that it was so great to get to meet the Teen USA contestants from across the country as well as the current Miss Teen USA, Katherine Haik. They were all not only beautiful girls but also very sweet! Katherine was kind enough to answer questions and give the girls some advice about what to expect when they compete at the Miss Teen USA pageant in July.

Mac Duggal had a raffle with all the girls taking home great prizes including each contestant receiving a Lumee Case for their iPhones! The girls were able to hit a few golf balls, get to know each other and they finished the day swimming in the pool at Top Golf. I wish them all the best of luck next month as they compete to become the next Miss Teen USA!

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Visit the Miss Teen USA Pre-Party Album on Facebook to see full size views of all the photos from the party

On Sunday, I attended the Miss USA pageant held at the T-Mobile arena. I was so excited to be able to watch the pageant live. My favorite portion of the Miss USA pageant has always been the evening gowns. This year, I was especially looking forward to seeing the evening gowns that had been designed by Mac Duggal worn by Miss Delaware, Miss Florida, Miss Maine, Miss Oregon, Miss North Dakota, Miss New Mexico and Miss Wyoming. I am incredibly proud to be able to say that I intern at one of the top designers of evening gowns….IN THE WORLD, which made being able to see the gorgeous Mac Duggal gowns in person on the Miss USA stage that much more exciting! Take a look:

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There are so many factors involved in choosing the right evening gown, whether it’s for the Miss USA pageant or one of the many other great pageant systems. The evening gown you choose should reflect your personal style, should be a design that works well for your body type and a color that is complimentary to your hair color and skin tone. It’s also important to remember that stage lighting is different than regular lighting, so you want to choose a gown that will look great on stage. The gown should also be comfortable and easy for you to walk in.

Mac Duggal has been designing winning evening gowns for pageants for over a decade so if you are competing in a pageant, make sure to check out the Mac Duggal pageant collection at a retailer near you, or the new Royalty Collection. Just remember, you may not be Miss USA but you can look like Miss USA at your next pageant with a stunning Mac Duggal evening gown!

We love to see our Mac Girls in their pageant evening gowns so send your pageant photos to us by email at  photos@macduggal.com or post on Instagram with the hashtag #macduggalpageant.

PS- Here was my Miss USA look

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How To Choose The Perfect Pageant Interview Dress

 

by Harleigh Hearts

Mark your calendars!  This year’s Miss USA pageant broadcast on June 5th signals the start of pageant season.  For as long as I can remember, watching the Miss USA pageant has been a tradition in my house.  I would look forward to watching all the contestants model their gorgeous evening gowns and swimsuits and answering questions on stage.

In addition to Miss USA, this summer, pageant systems across the country will be hosting their nationals, where just like the Miss USA pageant, delegates will be representing their states in a bid for the national titles.  While different pageant systems have different areas of competition, such as swimsuit, evening gown and talent, almost all pageant systems have an interview portion.

As a titleholder, you will make public appearances and are a representative of your system.  It is important to be able to make a good impression wherever you go, not only in how you dress but to feel comfortable speaking publically and conversing with people you have just met. That is why interview is a key part of a pageant.  Judges want to see your personality and your personal style.  That is why what you wear in the interview portion of the pageant is as important as your ability to show your personality.  In essence, it is similar to a job interview and you want to make a great impression. Whether you are competing in a local pageant, state pageant or national pageant, it is important to take your time choosing what you will wear to compete, not just your evening gown, but what you will wear for interview.

A pageant interview dress is always shorter in length, generally to the knee or just above.  A good tip to ensure that the dress is the correct length is to stand straight with your arms at your sides, the dress should be no shorter than the tip of your middle finger.  The dress should also fit well, nothing too tight, see through, strapless or overly beaded or embellished.  Remember, a pageant interview is similar to an interview for a job, so you don’t want to look like you are going to a party or a school dance, so you want to choose a dress that is a bit more conservative and modest in style, color, length and fit.

For Teens, it is important to remember to keep your interview dress age appropriate. Do not choose a dress that is too mature in style or color.  Lighter brighter youthful hues are a great way to go. A very popular style choice for teens for a pageant interview dress is one that has more of a full skirt.  Remember to keep the accessories conservative as well.  It’s perfectly fine to choose statement pieces, like a necklace for example, but choose pieces that compliment the dress rather than detract.

Here are some of my favorites:

The above dress comes in both a ivory and blush and a black and ivory combination.  With delicate pearl accents and a classic color this is a great choice. One of the things I love about this dress is that you do not need to accessorize at all.

I love the pattern on this fabric and the gorgeous beading at the neckline.  The black and white color combination is eye catching and stands out.  The tank style top is a perfect style choice as well.

 Another of my favorites, the triple layered embellishments at the neckline of large pearls, blue and white rhinestones and metal beads gives this dress an elegant look and the royal blue and white color combination with the capped sleeves is perfect for a teen pageant interview dress.

I love this dress for so many reasons, from the print on the skirt to the red link embellishments at the neckline and waistline.  This is a stunning fashion forward choice and very unique while still appropriate for teens.

For Miss contestants, an interview dress that is a little more form fitting is an excellent choice.  Choose a color that compliments your skin tone and hair color.  Make sure to choose a style that compliments your body type and avoid dresses that are too short or too tight.

I love the classic style and cut of this dress and the flower print is stunning.  The length is perfect for interview, falling just at the knee.

This gorgeous dress is a classic.  Black is elegant and allows for limitless options with accessorizing.  The textured fabric is stunning.

I love the gold buttons and textured fabric on this beautiful white dress.  The cutouts add that extra touch that make this dress a perfect choice for an interview.

When it comes to choosing the interview dress for your pageant, you are sure to find the perfect dress in the After Five collection, which offers great choices for both Teen and Miss contestants.  A perfect blend of classy and elegant, the After Five collection will help you make a great impression during the interview phase of the pageant.

As a leading designer in the pageant industry, Mac Duggal is an expert when it comes to creating a winning wardrobe for pageant girls across the world.  From gorgeous show stopping evening gowns to classic elegant interview dresses, Mac Duggal designs are a perfect choice for interview and evening gown.

We wish you all good luck this pageant season and don’t forget to show us your pageant style, email your pageant pictures to: photos@macduggal.com or post them to Instagram with the hashtag #macduggal.