Jun. 1, 2017
repost from Lassi with Lavina
Who is Mac Duggal? You could say he’s the world-famous designer you don’t know anything about – although Americans from celebrities to prom queens swear by his creations.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Beal and Carmen Electra have headlined the stage in his couture; Tina Turner, Bette Midler and Aretha Franklin have been seen on the red carpet in Mac Duggal, as have Carrie Underwood, Shakira, Khloe Kardashian and Paris Hilton. His clothes are in major stores from Nordstrom to Lord & Taylor. He’s dressed beauty queens across the world, including Miss America and Miss USA, and his gowns have been seen in films like Titanic and Oceans 11.
Mac Duggal With 2016 Miss USA Contestants
The Mac Duggal multimillion dollar fashion house, based in Chicago, is at the apex of the women’s special occasion dress market and includes eleven different collections sold in countries from the US to Dubai to Russia and Japan. It has carved out a sizable chunk of the fashion formal wear market and is the top name in the prom and pageant wear industry. At any given time he has over 100,000 gowns in his warehouses.
During New York Fashion Week in February, Duggal for the first time brought his 2017 collection to the beautiful art deco Angel Orensanz space downtown, to a packed audience, with crowds still waiting to get in.
So who is the man behind the Mac Duggal brand?
America is all about reinvention and Duggal’s is the refreshing story of an enterprising immigrant who boldly re-imagined himself from a desi engineer into the American creator of women’s slinky dresses, “ changing the world one dress at a time.” In the process he has built a thriving business empire, creating a hugely successful American company with international links.
The Duggal family – Yuvraj, Bubbly, Mac and Ieena
In fact, Duggal will be honored by the prestigious Smithsonian at the permanent exhibit Many Voices, One Nation,which opens at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC this summer. It highlights citizens who have impacted America with their contributions. Along with Abe Lincoln’s hat and Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from Oz, a memento from Duggal and other noteworthy immigrants will also be on exhibit.
If Mac sounds All-American, his real name is Manmohan Singh and he could be any smiling, humble Sikh gentleman from Patiala or Jullundur. He was actually born in New Delhi in 1960. “I grew up in a very spiritual, loving family with my respected grandfather, father and elder brother who were spiritual teachers and taught meditation to millions of people,” he says. “So meditation was a key part of my upbringing and helped me to connect with my inner self.”
Design by Mac Duggal. Photo credit: Manjari Sharma
So how did he come to America? He says: “I never wanted to come to America – my soul belonged to India. I was an engineering student (where did he study) and wanted to start my own business and carve my own path, make my own mark. I never wanted to work for anyone and to this day I never have – not even for one single day. However, my father wanted me to join my brother in Chicago and complete my studies there.”
In Chicago Duggal saw a lot of opportunities to be the entrepreneur he had always wanted to be. Hand beading was a trending fashion in India and he and his brother started importing women’s evening wear, investing $300 in renting an exhibition booth at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Buyers had never seen anything like these embellished gowns and the response was overwhelming. The next he knew he was showing in New York where a chance meeting with a buyer for Home Shopping Network led to sales on the channel and to major stores .
Remembering those halcyon early days, Duggal who was in his 20’s when he started, says, “I had this special energy bottled inside me. I could work 22 hours a day and I felt unstoppable! Soon I was known for my flamboyant styles. It was the mid-80’s and people were intrigued by the mystique of India I had brought with me.”
When he started in 1984, the business took off like a dream, and everything he touched was gold. Until it wasn’t. After 10 years of heady success, came the collapse, when styles changed and the flamboyant beading was out of favor.
“I had to struggle to keep afloat,” Duggal honestly admits. “I sat up nights thinking about new things, innovative things – but nothing worked. Loans were piling up and everything seemed gloomy but I never gave up. I had to practically start all over again with new strategies.” It took five long years to turn things around and in the process Mac Duggal the brand became stronger and more resilient for when he made his comeback.
Learning from mistakes and always believing in himself are two factors Duggal credits for his success but also the fact that he was able to embrace both the design elements and the business strategies necessary for a business to be in the black.
Indeed, in America the two most important gowns in a woman’s life are the prom gown and the wedding gown – and Mac Duggal has them both covered, and offers them a quality stylish product at a price point that all women can afford. This niche market is Duggal’s strength.
Duggal may be an American success story but he has kept his Indian roots intact. He has been happily married for 30 years to his wife Bubbly who has stood through all the ups and downs, far from her beloved Kashmir where she was born and brought up. Their daughter Ieena collaborates with her father on her own line while their son Yuvraj is studying apparel merchandising and plans to join the business. There are plans to find partners to bring Mac Duggal with its young and forward evening wear to India.
Mac also has a max heart, giving to many causes. Recently he presented free prom gowns to all the students at a school in a low-income area where the prom was about to canceled. He stated: “I believe this is the circle of life. I might be gone but I am sure one of these 200 girls will give back thousands some day. This philosophy has worked all my life.”
Mac Duggal Models on the runway
At the recent New York show, models took to the ramp one after, and you noticed something significantly different from other designers’ shows which only flaunt tall Amazons who are all size 0 or 2. Duggal’s models are a reflection of the real women he dresses – some are tall and skinny but others are petite and short and yes, there are also plus size women all on the same runway. In fact, when a big-built model in a gorgeous ball gown entered the space, there was huge, delighted applause. Women are finally getting to see women like themselves on the fashion ramp, and they feel validated.
“I truly think all women are beautiful and size should not define who they are,” he says. “You don’t have to be a Size 0 to be beautiful. Girls come out crying from dressing rooms in boutiques when they actually find a gown that fits them perfectly! Just as the Higher Power has all sizes and shapes on the planet, I want to integrate all sizes and shapes on the runway.”
Mac Duggal designs on the runway
I don’t have to look for fashion inspirations – it is all around me. It’s in the fine details of life.
* Bold, empowering women of today.
*Traveling and understanding flavors of different cultures.
*Vibrant, high energy of the younger generation.
*Nature itself – most beautiful fusions of colors and shapes
*As my life is on the go – my best ideas come in stillness.
This article was originally published in India Today’s Spice magazine
May. 31, 2017
Rachel Lindsay wore Mac Duggal style 62683 in a promo with The Love Connection’s Andy Cohen. She wore the Pink Champagne version of this fully sequined, beaded, halter neck, open back dress with small train (it is also available in Silver).
And Rachel was stunning in this photo taken before Episode 2 in style 40518L. This jersey gown features a shimmery band that wraps around the waistline of the skirt. Beading wraps around the side cut outs and halter neck.
Tune in to the upcoming episodes of The Bachelorette to: 1) discover who Rachel picks as her fiancé; 2) view dresses that Cary Fetman and Rachel have selected for her upcoming appearances; and 3) see more glamorous Mac Duggal dresses.
May. 23, 2017
In a surprise on the Steve Harvey show, Mac Duggal gave away dresses to the entire audience at the show’s Curvy Girl Fashion episode. Each audience member was provided with a dress from the upscale Fabulouss collection of plus size dresses. Mac’s appearance and message of “body positivity” had the audience on their feet.
Mac congratulated Steve on the the positive energy he provides to all women. In a similar vein, Mac Duggal’s intent for the Fabulouss Collection is to provide girls of every shape and size the opportunity to transform into confident style divas.
View the Fabulouss Collection
May. 18, 2017
The new Miss USA was crowned in front of a national audience on Sunday night (5/14/17). It was a long road for the contestants, from their state pageants all the way through the past week of preliminaries leading up to the crowning moment.
Mac Duggal played a prominent role in the road to the crown, as the choice of several of these talented women for what to wear to represent themselves and their state in this 66-year-old tradition of pageantry, scholarship, and female empowerment all rolled into one.
Mac Duggal gowns were the choice of 2 of the top 5 contestants. And during the evening gown competition, nine state title holders took to the stage in Mac Duggal creations.
|Meridith Gould – Miss Minnesota||Whitney Wandland – Miss Illinois||Sabrina Janssen – Miss Colorado|
|Cassie Lewis – Miss Idaho||Kelsey Weier – Miss Iowa||Brooke Bezanson – Miss Montana|
|Liz Denny – Miss Oregon||Kelsey Swanson – Miss Rhode Island||Skylar Witte – Miss Wisconsin|
Congratulations to the 2nd Runner-up, Miss Minnesota Meridith Gould and Top 5 finalist Miss Illinois Whitney Wandland.
Meridith rocked a Mac Duggal custom haute couture style 3D floral gown with a secret sheer jumpsuit. And Whitney lit up the the stage in a fringe dress featuring a mix of a deep gold Swarovski beads and light gold bugle bead fringe.
ThePageantPlanet reviewed these stunning dresses in their post 5 Trends Found On Mac Duggal Gowns Worn At Miss USA 2017
May. 17, 2017
Guest Author Shannon Lochwood
If like me, you’ve asked a hairstylist for a certain cut only to find that it look awful against your face shape, then you know the struggle that is this reality: “not every style is universal!” The shape of your face affects how a haircut flatters and it even influences what accessories look best on you.
Unfortunately, many women tend to gravitate toward the latest fad—without considering if that style suits them. Chandelier earrings don’t look great on everyone. Neither do large collar necklaces. But don’t fret, ladies. There are accessory styles to flatter every face shape!
First, however, you need to figure out what shape your face best resembles. Are you a heart, oval, round, oblong, diamond, square or triangle? If you’re not sure what shape is yours, PopSugar offers a fantastic way to find your shape.
When you’ve discovered the shape that best matches your face, you’ve mastered the hardest part. Now it’s time to find your perfect accessories! Here’s your guide for finding the best accessories for your face shape:
Reese Witherspoon is the classic heart-shaped face. Look to Reese for style inspiration with accessories. Delicate dangly earrings will flatter and add length to the face. Stud earrings are universally flattering. Aviator sunglasses also are the ideal choice for heart-shaped faces (and Reese rocks them often!).
If you’ve determined your face is a perfect oval…you have something in common with Queen Bey, according to Cosmopolitan UK. Oval faces look great in almost everything (lucky!). Think of a style that Beyonce cannot rock…you can’t, can you? Go big with the earrings, go small. You’re part of the Bey-hive and you can really do no wrong.
Charlize Theron is the round-face poster girl! Big accessories can overwhelm a round face. Stay away from massive hoops or huge chandelier earrings. Yes, you can wear hoops and chandeliers, just keep them smaller. Stud earrings will appear dainty and also flattering…for geometric interest, choose square-cut princess shapes for diamonds. For sunglasses, avoid large round lenses and frames. Opt for a style that doesn’t compete with the width of a circular face. Choose squares or oval shaped frames…and don’t go too large.
Carrie Bradshaw herself—Sarah Jessica Parker—has the classic oblong face. SJP usually keeps her hair long, which also balances out her face shape. However, SJP loves a big bold necklace and a squared off pair of sunglasses. She keeps her earrings diminutive at times, but she also like a longer earring on the red carpet. Her face also looks fierce in a pair of round mod sunglasses. But, really, like Beyonce, SJP can do no wrong…and her face shape proves it!
Neither triangle nor heart, your face is highlighted by your cheekbones! Per Bustle, your style icon is fellow diamond beauty Posh Spice herself…Victoria Beckham. Posh rocks large square-off sunglasses, but keeps other accessories low key. If she wears statement earrings, she opts for no other accessories near her face. When she wears layers of necklaces, you won’t find large earrings hanging from her lobes. Balance is the goal…and Victoria Beckham knows this.
Sandra Bullock has a rectangular or square face. On the red carpet, she traditionally keeps accessories smaller. She wears dangly earrings but they are never large or overpowering. She often wears smaller hoops and delicate studs. Her sunglasses are often round or oval…and the aviator style really accentuates her face.
Triangle (aka Pear):
According to PopSugar, Kelly Osbourne bears this classic face shape. Miss Kelly has rocked long and short hair and some incredible accessories. Your best bets? Earrings and necklaces that don’t overwhelm the face. You can choose dangly earrings, but keep them thinner. Avoid anything too clunky and heavy. Although, if you choose chunky necklaces, opt for longer necklaces with big pendants. Stay away from massive hoop earrings.
Flatter your unique beauty with the right accessories. Not every style looks great on every face shape. To rock your ideal style, choose accessories that accentuate the beauty of you! Find your celebrity style muse for looks that are sure to be red-carpet approved!
As a health enthusiast and freelance writer living in Los Alamitos, California, Shannon Lochwood enjoys writing about weddings, health and fashion. She has a true passion for writing and loves to encourage others to improve their health with fun being the #1 priority!
Apr. 13, 2017
The 11 finalists in the search to find the new face of the Fabulouss™ Collection travelled from across the country to Mac Duggal’s headquarters for a jam packed two day event. The two days were filled with interviews, workshops and an official screen test. The winners will receive a modeling contract with the company and an opportunity to walk the runway during Mac Duggal Fashion Week. Tune in to the Mac Duggal social media pages and TheMag to see who will be selected to become the next face of Mac Duggal’s Fabulouss Collection!
The Event included a tour led by Mac, a workshop with Catherine Schuller, and screen tests.
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