Oscars 2017 : Trends on the red carpet

The Academy Awards is the biggest night in Hollywood. The world’s largest celebrities gather to support the films and walk the red carpet in the latest fashions. The whole world is  looking at the best dressed celebrities to see what trends will be for the rest of the year. Here are some tips for you to look just as fabulous at your 2017 prom as the A-list celebrities.

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Beaded ivory dresses were a huge trend on the red carpet. Take inspiration from Felicity Jones, Isabelle Huppert and Hailee Steinfeld. Achieve this look for prom:

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Talk about true Hollywood glamour! Nobody can go wrong with a classic black evening gown. We are totally in love with the looks of Alicia Vikander, Brie Larson and Kristen Durst. Achieve this look for prom:

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There is no way to talk about dresses at the Oscars without mentioning this year’s winner Emma Stone. She looked totally amazing in a fringed dress and you can follow this style with our fully fringe dress Style 80716. Shake it!

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When the carpet isn’t red, you can easily rock the volcanic color. At the Vanity Fair after party it was the bold color that stole the spotlight. Achieve this look for prom:

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Prom Trend : Two Piece Dresses

It’s always hard to decide what to wear, especially for your prom night. This year let’s try a two piece dress!

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Our two piece dresses are very unique. It will make you feel sexy while staying very comfortable. You can choose a two piece with a halter neck, boat neck, or an over-the-shoulder top to flatter your bust. And the best part is that two piece dresses are easy to wear after your prom night.
You can wear your top with just a pair of jeans, or wear the skirt with a simple white t-shirt. Possibilities are endless, so be creative!

7 Creative Way to Reuse your Prom Dress 

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Prom Trend : Red Jersey Dress

You will fall in love with these Mac Duggal red dresses! The color red will always make you look radiant, from blondes to brunettes, everyone can rock Red. With valentine’s day right around the corner, we are obsessing over the color. So, we hand selected the best red jersey dresses for your prom night.

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You can wear it long or short, with a V-neck or boat neck, one or two piece, the options are endless! Add a modern edge by accessorizing your prom dress with some gold or silver jewelry and a black clutch bag.

And we all know there’s always a good reason to wear a red dress, even after prom. For a wedding, charity event, or a romantic date on Valentine’s day, your red dress won’t be hiding in your closet. For more ways to repurpose your prom dress check out this blog: 7 Creative Ways to Reuse Your Prom Dress.

More red dresses at www.macduggal.com/Prom-Dresses/Red-Prom-Dresses

UnapologeticallyPaola : Interview with Mac Duggal

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Republished with permission of Unapologetically Paula

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I was first introduced to Mac Duggal when his first ever Plus Size “This Is Why I’m Fabulous” Campaign and model search was launched. The man behind the brand, Manmohan Duggal, is someone who is passionate about fashion and wants to innovate the prom market and break barriers with his designs catered to plus size women, “rather than simply upsizing a dress suited for a smaller frame.” The line will be available for sizes 14W-30W and will include hot prints, fully beaded, two piece, high slits and other on trend designs that other designers steer away from.

I had the opportunity to chat with Mac and speak more in-depth on what inspired him to create a line exclusively for plus size teens and women who often go unrepresented in the fashion industry, as well as what makes this campaign special.

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your brand?

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My given name is Manmohan Duggal but my friends have always called me Mac. I was born in New Delhi, India in 1960.

About the Brand
The Mac Duggal brand is positioned at the high end of the women’s special occasion dress market and includes eleven different collections driven by Designer Mac Duggal’s artistic, modern and luxurious design with couture-inspired fit and sizing. Today, Mac presents a collection of classic designs curated with a youthful sophistication that both marks the moment and redefines tomorrow.

Mac Duggal opened the first design house just over 30 years ago in Chicago, Illinois. It is Mac Duggal’s one-of-a-kind styles, sophisticated and contemporary aesthetic and influential designs that have made them a staple in Couture wear spanning the globe in over 5 continents and 32 countries. From fashion editor to celebrity stylist, movie star to headline entertainer, pageant winner to prom queen – Mac Duggal’s designs are spotlighted, worn and coveted around the globe.

Mac Duggals first collection, Creative Creations, was a line of dazzling gowns blending Indian beauty and elegance with Western styling. Proud of his heritage, Mac Duggal has always designed using glorious fabrics and colors that are hot and spicy like the fashion and cuisine of his homeland. Today, Mac Duggal continues to provide fresh inspiration and set trends in silhouette, color, and designs.

Why did you choose fashion as your creative outlet?

It came from within; I just wanted to just go and create something on my own. I didn’t even know what I was going to create. I was just going to carve my own path and make my mark. I had this energy inside of me. I could work twenty-two hours and not even feel the need to sleep, get up, and do it all over again. I felt unstoppable. I was just going to do it. If I failed I was going to keep on going and create something new. I always knew I wanted to be a successful entrepreneur and I could never resist the “smell” of rhinestones, sparkle and glitter.

What do you love most about being a designer?

I believe there are two dresses every woman in America remembers: her prom gown; and her wedding gown. In the last three decades, my gowns have contributed to these women’s unforgettable experiences. I am thrilled that thousands of people have made me a part of their important milestones. All during their lives, when they look back at pictures or reflect on those precious moments, Mac Duggal will be the one helping to put a smile on their faces.
What changes do you most want to see in the fashion industry?

Fashion is a fast changing industry. It changes before you can blink, and it keeps you on your toes. I needed to work with a lot of integrity and a clear vision. When we started, I was known for my embellishments, my flamboyant styles, and I have changed with the times. I always had a great love and passion for style all of my life. I get my inspiration from women themselves. Knowing your clientele is so important and if you love fashion as I do you can transform these beautiful women through fashion. I am inspired by the challenge of changing trends and keeping the designs fashion forward. From sleek and streamlined silhouettes to intricate drapings and body conscious shapes that garner attention to more jeweled, beaded, embroidered and embellished styles – each present an early indicator to the upcoming season’s trends with an exquisite attention to detail that are the hallmark of an authentic Mac Duggal design.

What exactly will be This Is Why I’m Fabulous and what inspired you to launch such a campaign?

Over the course of the last two years a revolution has emerged in the plus size market, however, this revolution has not reached the teen age market. We are launching this campaign [This Is Why I’m Fabulous] to find everyday, real plus size models; no matter height or size breaking the barriers of what a “true” plus size model should be in the fashion industry. Plus size is not a size 8 or 10 like so many of the plus size super models. We are looking for two or three models who can serve as ambassadors to the program.

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Do you think you will receive criticism for promoting plus-sized fashion?

We must believe in ourselves and do everything through our heart. If we want to succeed we must focus on our passion and give it all we have. I believe some door or somebody’s door will open up somewhere and show us the light and guide us on our own beautiful path. From what I have seen, no two people in the world take the same journey. Remember everybody has this energy, just listen to it carefully. This voice will always guide you on the right path. I believe a loud voice cannot compete with a clear voice even if it is a whisper. Just relax, sit back, and let the journey unfold.

What do you think is the most special part about designing for plus size women?

I have found that more teen girls than ever are buying plus size gowns for prom. This comes from a teenage customers desire to be able to buy the same clothing as their friends, plus size or not. Today’s young consumers know what they want and won’t settle for less. Our customer wants to feel on trend. This may includes ruffles, off the shoulder tops and yes, even the crop top, which might surprise some plus size skeptics.
In my plus size collection “Fabulouss” we design to encourage self love. We are about body positivity. I love to hear that girls have come out of a retailer’s dressing room and start to cry because they finally have clothing that fits them and makes them feel good.

 

You can follow Mac Duggal on social media as @macduggal and see what’s new at www.macduggal.com. If you’re interested in becoming a positive and strong role models for young girls and apply to their camping, visit macduggalblog.com/this-is-why-im-fabulous. The submission deadline is January 27, 2017.

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Prom Trend : The Perfect Black Dress

 

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If there is one piece that all girls need in their closet, it’s obviously a black dress. It’s chic, sexy, elegant and looks good on everybody. But not all black dresses are created equal.

The short black dress

Embrace your body and show off your legs! With our fit and flare dress, you can dance all night long!

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The two piece black dress

Two piece dresses are daring, trendy and easy to mix and match with other piece from your closet. For a quick post-prom alternation, swap the bottom for a pair of jeans.

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The black dress with cutouts

A long dress is elegant, and with some side cutouts you’ll have all the attention.

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The black jumpsuit

Rock your prom night with a black jumpsuit. A unique twist that will have you looking and feeling amazing! A prom dress alternative to feel comfortable and sexy.

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The bustier black dress

If you prefer a long dress, stay flirty with a bustier top.

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More dresses on http://www.macduggal.com

 

Meileilan in our Mac Duggal After 5 dress

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Hi guys!

I am so thrilled to share with you my recent collaboration with the Mac Duggal Design House.  If you don’t know his designs yet then you should check out his beautiful collections of dresses that are perfect for a variety of events.  His company is based just outside of Chicago in Burr Ridge, IL and his work has been seen at a variety of celebrity red carpet events and on screen productions by several famous actresses and recording artists.

Today, I am featuring this flattering Mac Duggal “After 5” collection dress that will be sure to turn heads.  This fit and flare dress is available in either emerald or fuschia in color and can mimic an hourglass shape no matter your size.  I love how it cinches and holds my waist while creating an illusion of a smaller torso.  The details of this dress are where it really shines. The added black crystals, beads, and threaded ribbon chains add a subtle touch of glamour to this chic and classy dress.  It’s perfect for a red carpet event, a night out with that special someone, or an upcoming formal event.

I had so much fun doing this photo shoot.  Everything about this dress gave me a boost of confidence that I can’t help but smile.  I felt beautiful and confident wearing this and that is so important to me in what I choose to wear.  Look for clothes and go out and do things that make you feel confident, because “When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun.  And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.” – Joe Namath

Dress by Mac Duggal | Shoes by B P.

Photographed by Brian Mattinson

More dresses on www.macduggal.com

5 Dresses to Rock Your Prom Night

We know you want to look flawless on prom night. In order to assist you in the search for the perfect dress, we’ve chosen 5 of our favorites dresses that are certain to make you look gorgeous.

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Because we all know that girls love flowers, so why not wear them on your prom dress? With this strapless mermaid dress, you can be sure that you will have all the attention that you deserve. This floral dress will fit perfectly your curves and makes you feel sexy and confident.

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Why not try a two-piece dress for prom? It’s the new fashion trend that will make you look like a movie star on the red carpet. You will show just enough skin to be sexy and classy at the same time, and the best thing is that whatever size you are, we know you will look amazing and feel confident! The dress is decorated by thousands of sequins and beads to make you shine all night long.

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This dress is by far our favorite! It’s the perfect match with its mixed prints of black & white and pink. The diagonal stripes and strapless bodice with bring attention to your collar bones, and accentuate your waist to make you look like a modern princess.

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Who said fully sequined dresses were just for New Year’s Eve? This long dress will make you look like a movie star, and help you exude confidence. With the cutout on the leg and the open back you will feel like the sexiest girl on the room. Who will be able to resist you in this dress?

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If you’re not sure if you want to go with a long dress or a short romper, this is the perfect dress for you! The long Aztec printed overskirt will bring the attention to your top. You can change your look anytime of the night by taking off the over skirt and rocking the romper underneath.

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Dress Your Way to a Better Spring

Spring has sprung and it’s time to start talking about the trends that you can get right now. Although prom is just one very special day, that doesn’t mean that you have to be stuck in winter colors for the rest of the season.

Instead stick with a hot spring trend of 2014 that will last through the summer. When you look back at your prom pictures, you’ll be glad you did!

Pastels

It’s certainly not a huge surprise that pastels are in season for spring. Everyone is looking for that pop of color once April arrives and it’s a trend that has proven true throughout the years. From soft blue to sweet pinks, pastels are perfect for keeping up with the latest spring trends.

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Mac Duggal Style 61368M

Sporty Chic

That sporty look is perfect for that high school athlete. And it’s the perfect trend right now. Taking your natural sporty look and just adding a bit of glam to it is the easiest thing to do. Go with simple embellishments and dresses that feature flexible jersey material. It’s the best way to show off your athletic talents while still feeling like you are ready for prom!

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Mac Duggal Style 85152A

Tea Length Skirts

Straight off the runway are tea length skirts. Somewhere between a midi and a maxi (yes, it’s that specific now) are these lovely skirts. It’s a perfect ladylike hemline but it can be just as modern as the mini. Tea length skirts are soft and sweet, and are the perfect combination for fierce spring fashion.

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Peplums

Looking to add a bit more flare to your look? The peplum dress is will help you stand out amongst a sea of a-line dresses. Peplums pack a powerful punch in such a small embellishment! They are fun, flouncy, and, contrary to the stereotype, they make you look slimmer and accentuate your natural curves. The peplum dress gives you lots of volume without adding inches to your waist. It’s the perfect spring trend to wear as you are getting your beach body ready for the summer.

The Mac Duggal Peplum dress.

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Sheers

Those sheer tops, skirts, and dresses are again perfect for Spring 2014. With this long winter, it’s been way too long without wearing our favorite sheers. The sheer look on a stunning prom dress is the perfect feature that won’t be something you end up regretting later. You’ll look sexy but stylish without having to bare all.

 

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Mac Duggal Style 82003A

 

Mac Duggal Dresses for Spring 2014

Three Amazing Mac Duggal Styles for Spring 2014

Get the Grammy Look

The Grammy Awards are just as much about fashion as they are about music. The fashion seen on the red carpet of the Grammys is notoriously more eccentric and wild compared to the trends at any other award show. From revealing way too much skin to Christina Aguilera’s dreadlocks phase, we have seen some of the wildest fashions at the Grammys.

However this year’s Grammy Awards were particularly tame with fashions that really made us smile. The best thing about the gowns worn at the Grammys? These fashionable trends could easily be replicated and worn by any girl. We saw lots of lace, modest cut-outs, and bright reds! All of these styles are perfect for drawing your own Grammy inspired prom dress that is perfectly Mac Duggal!

So instead of dreaming of a dress you saw at the Grammy’s, sit back, start blasting Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” and find Grammy worthy fashions in Mac Duggal designer gowns.

Beyoncé

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There’s no doubt that Beyoncé  totally rocked as she opened the show with her performance of “Drunken Love.” She and her husband, Jay-Z, looked incredible on stage, but we also have to mention her amazing red carpet look! Beyoncé proved to everyone how amazing white lace can look with a slightly more revealing look. Our Mac Duggal choice, although more conservative, is popular style 61041 in Blush/Ivory. Like Beyoncé , this Mac Duggal dress features a lace appliqué throughout the bodice and flows into a gorgeous sweep train.

Colbie Caillat

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Like we said, it’s all about the red and it’s all about the lace! Colbie Caillat perfectly melds these hot trends together in this amazing red dress. Her style is totally sophisticated, and for our Mac Duggal Dress we wanted to pick something with similar red lace around the neck. Mac Duggal Style 85338 captures a gorgeous red lace appliqué around the bateau neckline. However, different that Caillat’s style, the red lace continues throughout this Mac Duggal designer gown and captures an amazing red carpet style.

Miranda Lambert

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Red is here and is going to stick around for a while. Miranda’s look is amazing and we love how it slims down her waist. The plunging neckline makes this dress every bit as desirable as the hot red color. That’s why we picked Mac Duggal Style 82063 from the Black, White, Red Collection. The bright red color of this gown is right on track with recent red carpet trends. It features the same plunging neckline as Miranda Lambert’s gown, but also spotlights an amazing high collar for extra amounts of fierce fashion.

Nancy O’Dell

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Amidst all the long gowns and hot red fashion, the host of Entertainment Tonight, Nancy O’Dell, wore a much sorter cocktail dress totally gleaming with sparkle! We love this multi-color dress with long sleeves and a plunging neckline. Although our Mac Duggal pick does not feature a low neckline, it does spotlight an open back with lots of glittering sequins! Mac Duggal Style 3759 from our Twelve collection is complete with fully multi-colored sequins in a floral design pattern. For a more comfortable and younger look, this dress features shorted sleeves but at a short cocktail dress length.

Did fabulous Grammy fashion make your night? Who was wearing your favorite gown?

Mac Duggal dresses on top of the world

It’s a grand view from the top.

Mac Duggal and his fabulous array of prom, pageant, couture, homecoming and other special occasion dresses are certainly enjoying that view these days, thanks to a trifecta of top-tier accolades, some of the highest awards available in the fashion industry.

On Aug. 7, Mac Duggal stepped forward to accept three prestigious awards from Top 10 Prom during the annual Atlanta Apparel World of Prom Market. The designer, who will celebrate 30 years in fashion next year, was honored by Top 10 Prom with the Customer Service Award, the Most Improved Vendor Award, and Top Sales for dollars earned for official retailers.

Best of the Best ~ Mac Duggal's three Top 10 Prom awards were placed on prominent display during the Atlanta Prom Market fashion runway show from Aug. 8-11, where the fabulous Spring 2014 line was revealed to retailers!

Best of the Best ~ Mac Duggal’s three Top 10 Prom awards were placed on prominent display during the Atlanta Prom Market fashion runway show from Aug. 8-11, where the Spring 2014 line was revealed to retailers! Mac Duggal was hailed by Top 10 Prom for his Customer Service and the value his gorgeous dresses bring to the retailers and boutiques who sell them.

Top 10 Prom is a direct mailing book sent out to markets each year, aimed at advertising the top prom fashions to junior and high school girls. Denise Knapp, owner of Top 10 Prom, said that more than 700,000 books are mailed out each year, featuring the designers in the collective. Mac Duggal is among one of the most honored designers of Top 10 Prom this year. The book represents about 100 total retail stores and exclusive boutiques across the nation, all which feature all the Top 10 Prom designers.

Knapp said that the awards are well deserved by Mac Duggal and his entire team.

“Mac gives exceptional customer service,” Knapp said. “Mac’s dresses also sell so well, that it helps our group make money… What I care about it what sells from the floor out the door. And that’s what we track. And Mac Duggal helped our group make money last year. So they got the award for dollars produced for our group.”

Knapp said that the Most Improved award is like an MVP for Top 10 Prom, because Mac Duggal’s “rating” by stores and customers grew the most from 2012 to 2013.

But above the awards themselves, Knapp said that the kudos well deserved because of the way that Mac Duggal does business.

“I think Mac is a very sincere person,” Knapp said. “I think Mac is the real deal. I like Mac as a friend and I think if I was not in the industry, I would still have him as a friend, a good friend. I’d do anything for him.”

Knapp also noted that Mac Duggal keeps his designs fresh and appealing by surrounding himself with dedicated and talented staff who work hard season after season with the customer in mind.

“All of Mac’s people love and care for him and they love and care for the company,” Knapp noted. “I think that their loyalty to him is very strong. And when you have people who are that dedicated, your success is abundant. And so that’s what I think about his collection is that it shows the true hard work that his people give.”

1150425_10151775336649430_1925873773_nMac himself noted that hard work plays a big role in the continued success of the gorgeous lines of Mac Duggal dresses.

“These awards are really a reflection of all the hard work of our whole team,” Mac said while accepting the awards. “We work hard to make sure we get all the right dresses in all the right stores. We make sure that the customers are getting the products that they truly need.”

And Knapp noted that the general public should keep an eye out for the Spring 2014 Mac Duggal Collection, because Mac Duggal is one of the most fashion-forward stars of the entire industry, with a natural “couture” eye.

“I love Mac, and he never ceases to just amaze me,” Knapp said.  “He can walk in somewhere and see something that nobody else sees, but he sees it. And I just think he’s brilliant. He’s always been extremely good to me, and for that I’m thankful.”

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