Sep. 25, 2017
This week a Mac Duggal photo shoot was front and center of Lifetime’s “Growing Up Super Model”. Mac Duggal himself appeared on the show, first at a meet and greet where aspiring models lined up to meet him and hoped to be selected for the photo shoot. It’s worth noting that these weren’t just any aspiring models. The models anxiously hoping to be selected included Steven Segal and Kelly LeBrock’s daughter Arrisa Le Brock, boxer Oscar De La Hoya’s daughter Atiana de la Hoya, their supermodel mothers and many more big names.
Many of the beautiful aspiring models were plus size, diverse in look and body shape and, even with their famous lineages, spoke about the years of difficulties they’d had to break into the fashion industry. But Mac Duggal didn’t skip a beat, knowing talent and beauty when he sees it, and offered to give these beauties work and exposure.
The girls spoke to the camera about what a big break into the fashion industry Mac Duggal was giving them. They were honored and thrilled to be a part of Mac Duggal’s international gown empire and to work with one of the biggest designers on the planet. The girls also spoke about how his decision to work with them could be career changing and they were all thrilled to model his gowns and continue to work with him in the future. It was an uplifting and positive experience for Mac Duggal and all of the models involved.
Growing Up Supermodel is a Lifetime reality series that follows the drama of making it in the modeling world for seven celebrity kids: Arissa Le Brock (daughter of supermodel/actress Kelly LeBrock and actor Steven Seagal), Cambrie and Faith Schroder (daughters of Ricky Schroder), Atiana De La Hoya (daughter of actress/model Shanna Moakler and boxer Oscar De La Hoya), Cairo Peele (daughter of supermodel Beverly Peele), Jake Moritt (son of actress Krista Allen) and Janis Ostojic (son of model JD Ostojic).
Sep. 19, 2017
repost from Sheen Magazine
It’s no surprise that it was a sold out, packed house during NYFW for Mac Duggal’s spring 2017 collection, 1,500 attendees to be exact. Everyone wants an invite to Mac’s runway during fashion week. His gorgeous and elegant dresses are second to none. Mac is a trendsetter, and has not only set the trend in fashion, but with various sized models, too. The true beauty of it, is that Mac Duggal incorporates regular and plus size models on his runway, which sends a message to millions within the world, that it is okay to love your body, no matter your body type or size, and that you’re still beautiful regardless. The positivity of this, is much needed in today’s society, due to the amount of body shaming that women endure on a daily basis. To see this showcased on the runway, during NYFW, is priceless, and is something that should become the fashion world’s new normal.
Mac is definitely not new to this. He has dressed some of Hollywood’s finest. Walking the biggest fashion stage in the world, alongside professional models was Arissa Le Brock, who is the star of the reality series, “Growing Up Supermodel” on Lifetime. Le Brock’s mother Kelly Le Brock, was also in attendance to show her support of her beautiful daughter, and boy did Arissa look stunning. To capture the essence and true beauty of Mac Duggal’s designs, you would have to be in attendance to see his work in person, and trust us when we say, you would be in awe too. Mac Duggal’s work has always been jaw dropping beautiful.
Additional reality star walking the runway included Ava Cota (Dance Moms and SYTCD next Generation), Roxy Earle (Real Housewives of Toronto), and Niche Caldwell.
Some names that you may recognize that were in attendance, were Nick Cannon, Deontay Wilder, Kelly Le Brock, Gabriela Dias, Sonja Kovac, and Halima Aden to name a few. Mac Duggal continues to be the preferred go to designer, that not only keeps up with what is fashionable, but always classy.
Ava Cota NYFW runway
Niche Caldwell NYFW runway
Aug. 10, 2017
repost from the Christian County Headliner News
Blessed with beauty and talent, 2017 high school graduate Channa Robinson has achieved success by landing a contract with the famous international fashion designer Mac Duggal.
“I didn’t really think I would be working with him, but I did,” Channa said.
Duggal is a gown designer from India. His designs are “positioned at the high end of the women’s special occasion dress market,” and worn by famous celebrities, according to Duggal’s website.
It might be luck that Channa landed the contract, but it might be her beauty and talent that caught the designer’s eye.
“Channa has been totally driven and committed to everything that she does,” her mom, Patti Robinson, said.
Channa could never forget the moment she received a message from Duggal’s agent announcing Channa as one of the finalists in his “This is why I’m fabulous” contest and soon to be his contract model.
“I saw a message pop up on my phone,” Channa said. “I knew something was going on.”
Channa’s mother first saw the designer’s post on social media. “This is why I’m fabulous” was looking for women who inspire others to represent Mac Duggal. According to the designer’s blog, this was the first time he launched the campaign.
“My mom showed me (the post) and I was like ‘OK, why not,’” Channa said. “I submitted a photo to them and a few days later, I heard back that they wanted me to go up to New York and interview with them.”
Along with other finalists, Channa went to New York City to meet Duggal and was amazed by his personality and work ethic.
“He is the most sincere and genuine person I’ve ever met. He does really care about every single person that walks through his door and even the girls who buy his dresses. He is so thankful and grateful for his customers,” Channa said.
Being the face of Mac Duggal, Channa will frequently travel to big cities such as New York, Atlanta and Chicago to attend fashion events and participate in photoshoots and beauty classes. Her schedule is now full with fashion events. In June, she went to Chicago to walk for Duggal’s fashion show. In August, she will attend another fashion week in Atlanta.
Modeling for a famous brand and all the privileges that come with it might seem like a dream to girls her age, but Channa’s achievement requires hard work and investment. She has a pageant coach who helps her navigate through the industry.
“He really focuses hard on interviews because she always uses those for the rest of her life,” Patti said. “That has been a huge plus to get her to where she is now.”
The motivation from family members fuels Channa’s passion as well. Although it took a while for Channa to convince her father that she could compete in pageants, model and be successful.
“When she first started out in pageants, it was me and her brother (who supported). Her dad did not like it, he thought that it was expensive, a waste of time. But over the years now, he is the one that took her to Chicago, to New York City,” Patti said. “At this point, he is very supportive for getting her where she needs to be.”
Being confident and natural in front of a camera, Channa knows her strength well. Since she was 8, she has competed in various beauty contests, such as Miss Missouri Junior, for junior- and high-school girls, and Princess of America, for girls proud of their confidence and accomplishments.
“In competing pageants, you do a lot of modeling whether you have to do like a photoshoot for the photogenic category or just on-stage modeling, and that has always been my favorite thing to do,” she said.
She has also modeled for photographers building up portfolios.
“Her photographer just loves working with her. He said she works for the camera, the camera doesn’t have to work for her,” Patti said.
Channa said she understands the modeling industry is known for stiff competition, but she never feels threatened because she has equipped herself with experience, knowledge and passion.
“I like what I do, and I have been the type of person if there is something negative around me, I kind of brush it off like it doesn’t really bother me,” she said. “But it’s kind of nerve-wracking just because there are beautiful girls everywhere you go, and it’s weird that you’re one of those.”
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
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