Monday, June 20, 2016

Unique Quinceanera Dresses from French Novelty

French Novelty has a vast selection of stunning Quinceanera dresses. We are an authorized retail agent for America's most famous Quinceanera dress designers, including Vizcaya by Mori Lee, Princess Collection and Beloving Collection by Marys Bridal, and Allure Bridals Quinceanera. Your Fifteenth birthday is a very special occasion for you and your family! We would love to help you find the dress of your dreams for your Quinceanera. Whether you want something more traditional or are looking to push the envelope with a high-fashion look, you're sure to find your perfect dress at French Novelty. 

Our available Quinceanera dresses are beautiful and unique. We have gowns in a wide array of colors with intricate beadwork and fabrics. However, we have some standouts that take the traditional ball gown style and add an interesting spin on the design. Here are some of the most unique Quinceanera dresses we offer!

Tiffany Presentation 61145
This Tiffany Presentation gown is perfect for the birthday girl who wants to wear a traditional ball gown with something a little extra! At first glance, this gown is like most ball gowns worn, but it's the detached top that makes it special. The full silhouette is girly and fun but the beaded top adds a flirty flair to this gown. If you're searching for a sassy ball gown to wear to your party, look no further than the Tiffany Presentation 61145.

Tiffany Presentation 61147
This ball gown takes a high-fashion spin on the traditional Quinceanera gown. This gown by Tiffany presentation is a dream for the feminine and fashion-forward girl, looking to make a statement on her birthday. We love the simple sweetheart neckline and bold pattern skirt! The vibrant pattern is sure to stand out with it's vivacious colors and sleek styling. For the girl who wants nothing more than to be oh-so-chic on her birthday, Tiffany Presentation 61147 is the perfect fit for you!

Fiesta 56275
If the word "Party" could be a dress, this would definitely be it! This ball gown by Fiesta has everything a bold birthday girl could want. The ruffled skirt is a fiesta in itself, but the layers of colors add an extra vibrant kick to the whole dress. If the bright skirt wasn't enough for you, then the beaded top will dazzle it's way into your heart. This gown is sure to get the party started!

Check out all of our Quinceanera gowns here

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Terrific Homecoming Dresses Under $200

Amazing dresses for Homecoming 2016 are on sale now at French Novelty!

Prom Season has come and gone and now it's time to get ready for the biggest party of the fall semester. We've got amazing dresses flooding the store from the Fall 2016 collections, but we're not ready to forget about the stars of the past few collections that have graced our racks. Here are some of our recently discounted dresses that would be perfect at your homecoming dance!

Faviana 7651
This Two-Piece Faviana gown is for the daring girl who doesn't want to sacrifice fashion-forward style for her budget. We've got this dress hanging on our racks waiting for the right person to rock this edgy design. This fun Faviana is a ready for you if you're looking for a size 2!

Angela & Alison 42006
This Angela & Alison short party dress is a classic. The simple, yet elegant sweetheart neckline is perfect for the girl who wants an easy to wear style to the dance. We also love the intricate beadwork adorning the waist and the fun, flirty, and flowy skirt! It's waiting for the sassy size 8 girl who wants an easy to wear dress on her special night.

Night Moves 6498
All that glitters is gold- just like this flouncy Night Moves short party dress. You won't be missed we you step into your homecoming dance. This flashy dress will catch the light and the eyes of everyone in the room! This fabulous dress is for all our fun size 4 beauties.

Faviana 7656
Faviana has got a dress that is ideal for someone who wants to show off their figure. With elegant lines flanking the front of the dress, you'll look long and lean. The hip-hugging style will flatter your figure and help you turn the heads of your classmates! If you're on the hunt for a size 00, this is the dress for you.

You can find our entire selection of discounted dresses on the French Novelty website!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Winning White Pageant Gowns: White Gowns from the Miss USA Top 5

Theres an old saying that it takes a "white dress" to win a pageant. While this pageant phrase has proved itself to be a myth over the years, three distinctive white dresses still made their way to the Top 5 at the Miss USA pageant. Here are three of the five gowns of the highest placed contestants at Miss USA!

Peyton Brown- Miss Alabama USA
Miss Alabama seemed to channel her inner greek goddess as she floated across the stage. The center slit allowed her light-as-air skirt to waft around her as she strutted down the Miss USA runway.  We love the gold accents on her custom Sherri Hill gown- it adds such a regal and glam touch that is so quintessential Miss USA!
You can find all of French Novelty's Sherri Hill Pageant gowns online or in our store. 

Emani Davis- Miss Georgia USA 
This fashion-forward gown strikes us as the epitome of a powerful woman. This angelic design is business in the front with the broad, floral shoulders and plunging neckline. However, it's a party in the back, showcasing an elegant cape proving that "Lois Lane" can be superman too. Looks like Sherri Hill was busy designing more than one gown for this competition...

Chelsea Hardin- Miss Hawaii USA
If you could call one gown on the Miss USA stage unique, it would be this one! The nude-lace combination was eye-catching and sassy. We can't forget about that fun white train either! Everything about this dress screamed that it was daring, dramatic, and dauntless. It took some serious guts to step out on this stage in an unconventional pageant gown. Also, unlike most of her competitors, Miss Hawaii found her dress at a local shop in Houston, TX called Wardrobe the Boutique! 

Maybe you will find your dream dress at a local store like Miss Hawaii! French Novelty has been serving the Jacksonville area since 1911. We would love to help you find a pageant dress that makes you look and feel like Miss USA!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Top 3 Prom Trends of 2016

Prom dress trends for 2016 had a flavor for every style, but three captured the hearts of the our prom shoppers. Take a look at some of our customers favorite trends for prom 2016!


 These red-carpet-ready evening gowns offer chic and unique beaded long halter dresses, dresses with sleeves, and playful prom gowns with sequins or polka dots. Each has a little peek of skin at the mid-section that give it it’s signature fun and flirty vibe that will flatter your figure and let you show off those abs you worked so hard to show off. From rhinestone studded A-line dresses, dance floor ready styles, and over the top designer ball gowns, these two-piece dresses will make it look like you’ve just stepped off the runway at New York’s Fashion Week.


Classic looks never go out of style, and a timeless design decked out in lace is no exception. While the great fashion icons of our generation have put lace on the map such as Kate Middleton, this classy fabric is fit for more than red carpet galas and royal affairs. Lace adds a hint of old-fashioned femininity to every gown. There are plenty of classic dresses trimmed in lace or just studded with touches of these sheer, tasteful accents.


There are minimal opportunities for a girl to get to dress to the max and show off her own unique fashion savvy. This season holds numerous two piece dresses that hold the hottest trends that will help you stand out at your prom. These gowns were made for a party. They produce a classy and sophisticated style that has just enough rock and roll to keep your ensemble beyond interesting.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

We're Mad about Madison James' Prom Dresses!

Prom season is upon us and that brings two emotions: fright and excitement! Fright because you have to find one of the most important dresses of your life, but excitement because of the beautiful gowns you'll get to try on to show off! Madison James' is the designer you have a sigh of relief for when you hear the store manager offer to you as you uncertainly get ready to try on a pile of dresses. Slipping on one of her gowns, you instantly feel at ease and full of vigor ready to take on Prom 2016!

You'll be the epitome of elegance for prom 2016 in a gown by Madison James. Breathtaking with intricate details and bold designs, these captivating dresses are sure to make a statement no matter what the event. Previously Night Moves prom, Madison James prom dresses are sure to turn heads with their stunning details and exquisite craftsmanship. From flared ball gowns to fully sequined designs, Madison James dresses are sure to shimmer and shine into the night with exquisite elegance that will earn you compliments for a long time to come. Perfect for the girl looking to make a statement, Madison James dresses are offered in sizes 0-32 and in a variety of colors, upcharges apply for sizes 20-32.

Madison James
You'll be rocking prom in this red two piece! This hot new style has been hitting prom hot for the last few years and this gown is no exception. Don it at your big night and you're sure to turn heads. 

Madison James
This slinky black gown is not for the faint of heart! If you want a gown that is sure to wow, you cannot miss out on this gorgeous black evening dress. 
Madison James
For the girl who wants to feel like a modern day princess, this boat-neckline featuring a flattering hue of turquoise is just right! Dance the night away with your prince charming and have timeless pictures for years to come!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

3 Daring Dresses from Rachel Allan

Finding the perfect prom dress: it can be a challenge! Finding a unique dress that fits your personality, style, and flatters your figure can be tough. Adding something that will make you stand out from the crowd only increases the "mission impossible", but up and coming designer Rachel Allan is bringing beautiful dresses to the table to help ease the prom dress pressure. 

Rachel Allan strives to make fashion forward gowns for every young woman making them a hit this season. With celebrities such as Carrie Underwood, Vivica Fox and Kaitlin Walker rocking Rachel Allan, you are sure to feel like a celebrity as you slip into one of these red carpet ready dresses on prom night. Sizes available are 0-16, but not in every dress style. Certain Rachel Allan dresses are also available in the Rachel Allan Plus collection in sizes 14W-24W. 

The following dresses are some of the most cutting edge from her Spring 2016 collection. If you're looking for a figure flattering dress that will turn heads at prom, you've come to the right place!

Rachel Allan

Rachel Allan

Rachel Allan

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Jumping into April with Jovani

April Is the Beginning of Prime Prom season! We're jumping for joy and jumping into April with these fun Jovani gowns!
Feel like a star for prom 2016 in a gown or cocktail dress by Jovani. Stylish and sophisticated, both Jovani and JVN by Jovani are sure to shine with their upscale detailing and fashionable silhouettes. Perfect for prom, pageants, the red carpet, and much more Jovani takes fashion to a new level as their master designers craft gowns and cocktail dresses for every girl to feel phenomenal in year round. With a focus on high couture fashion, Jovani takes the hottest red carpet and runway looks and makes them affordable making them an essential part of your prom 2016 wardrobe. Most gowns available for order in sizes 0-24, and in a variety of colors; upcharges apply for sizes 16-24. Order your Jovani or JVN by Jovani prom dress today before the best styles and sizes sell out!

Check Out The entire Selection On Our Website Here:

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Our MVD of the Week Makes Us Blush!

We're obsessed with these designs from our Most Valuable Designer of the Week, Blush Prom! This popular designer boasts the hottest trends like two-piece gowns, mermaid silhouettes, and elegant beading. Check out these beautiful gowns from their Spring Collection!

Be beautiful, be blushing in a prom dress by Blush Prom for 2016. Fun, and fashionable, Blush Prom dresses are sure to make a statement for prom 2016 with their daring silhouettes and brilliant attention to detail. From princess style ball gowns to sleek and sexy evening dresses there is sure to be a Blush Prom dress for every girl on prom night. Channeling both red carpet appeal and prom perfect styles Blush Prom takes fashion to a new level with stunning designs that are sure to captivate onlookers with sophistication, glamour, and elegance. A must have for any formal wear wardrobe, Blush Prom dresses are perfect for Prom, Pageants, and other formal events. Available for order in sizes 0-30, upcharges may apply for fuller sizes. Order today before the best Blush Prom dresses sell out!

You can find all of Blush Prom's gowns available through French Novelty through this link:

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Shimmer, Slits, and Shail K

We're in love with the designs from this week's Most Valuable Designer, Shail K. Each dress is effortlessly elegant with many dripping with study sequins flanking sexy silhouettes. Shail K makes a statement by mixing bold shimmer and eccentric beading to create a glamorous and feminine ensemble. If you're looking for a gown with the right amount of silt and sparkle, Shail K is the designer you'll want to check out!

Shail K 3732 

Shall K 3517

Shall K 3772

Shail K's commitment to individuality and upscale contemporary designs is the key. They design dresses equal to the most lavish designer labels in the market by providing customers with the best fabrics and chic styles. Shail K's attention to detail and exceptional designs are making them one of the hottest up and coming designers of the season and a true must have for your formal wear wardrobe. Shail K is making a statement unlike any other this season and is sure to be a hit for any event. Most gowns are available for order in sizes 0-26, however up charges and special cuttings do apply for sizes 18-26. Please contact us for details regarding special cuttings for plus size gowns or out of stock gowns.

Check Out all Shail K Gowns available through French Novelty here:

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Shopping for a prom dress is hard enough, but trying to find your dream gown in your budget is even more difficult. Luckily for you, French Novelty has a wide variety of gowns discounted from previous prom seasons and they're no less gorgeous than the shiny new 2016 designs. Here's a selection of our favorite gowns!

Size 10 Jovani 944

Size 6 La Femme 20003

Size 2 Mac Duggal 61368M
Size 0 Sherri Hill 8552

Check out our entire selection of sale gowns here:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Most Valuable Designer Feature: Mac Duggal

Our Most Valuable Designer of the week, Mac Duggal, has a variety of different lines from Mac Duggal Ball Gowns, Mac Duggal Cassandra Stone, Mac Duggal Flash, Mac Duggal Prom, and Mac Duggal Plus Sizes. 
Mac Duggal Ball Gowns
Feel like a fairytale princess on prom night with an enchanting ball gown by Mac Duggal Ball Gowns. Perfect for prom, pageants, and other formal events, Mac Duggal Ball Gowns are sure to shine with their romantic silhouettes and superior design. With both classic ball gown styles and elegant mermaid dresses to sweep the runways this season, Mac Duggal Ball Gowns are sure to shine with their impeccable attention to detail. Multi-dimensional lace, stunning beaded detailing, rich stones, and romantic silhouettes are just part of what makes this division of Mac Duggal a true one of a kind. Look and feel like a princess on prom night or any formal event with a gown by Mac Duggal. Most gowns available for order in sizes 0-20 and in a variety of colors.

Mac Duggal Cassandra Stone
Look supreme in 2016 in one of these fun, flirty and undoubtedly vivacious Cassandra Stone Prom Dresses by Mac Duggal. The prom 2016 collection features updated styling, on-trend colors, and exciting embellishments mastered by designer Mac Duggal. This line uses shimmering crystals, sequins, and all things that glitter for that one-of-a-kind and jaw-dropping moment. Love your look and turn some heads as you strut your stuff and shimmer under the light. Find your perfect silhouette in a mermaid, A-line, or fitted silhouette that is simply stunning! Available in a wide variety of colors and sizes 00-20, be on the best dressed list at your next prom or social occasion in one of these magnificent Cassandra Stone Prom Dresses by Mac Duggal.

Mac Duggal Plus Size
 Rock your curves in one of these divine Mac Duggal Fabulouss plus sized prom gowns. With dazzling beadwork and sultry sweetheart and V necklines, these Mac Duggal Fabulouss formal dresses are nothing short of extraordinary. These evening gowns certainly flatter your divalicious figure without giving up the intricate details and innovative design details you expect. From dramatic to daring, purchase a Mac Duggal Fabulouss formal gown with the assurance that you will take everyone's breath away at your next prom, pageant, or any special occasion requiring your spectacular presence. Available in several different colors and sizes 14W-30W, feel like a million bucks without spending it in one of these fierce and fabulous Mac Dougal Fabulous plus size creations!
Mac Duggal Flash
Cameras will flash from the moment that you enter the room in a 2016 prom dress by Mac Duggal Flash. Stunning with dramatic silhouettes, beaded details, and lush fabrics, Mac Duggal Flash gowns and cocktail dresses are sure to turn heads making them perfect for prom 2016. From sophisticated and sleek evening gowns to short and sexy cocktail dresses, there is sure to be a Mac Duggal Flash dress for every girl on prom night. With a variety of styles crafted in the finest fabrics, Mac Duggal Flash dresses strive to be a cut above the rest. Focused on superior quality, Mac Duggal Flash encapsulates the essence of women to reflect the strength and confidence a fabulous dress can provide. Perfect for prom, pageants, and other formal events Mac Duggal Flash cocktail dresses and gowns are sure to turn heads making them a must have this season. Most designs available for order in sizes 0-16, and in a variety of colors. Order early as the best styles and sizes are sure to sell fast!
Mac Duggal Prom
Make prom 2016 memorable in a gown by Mac Duggal Prom. Stunning with dramatic silhouettes and lush detailing, Mac Duggal Prom gowns are sure to shine with eye catching detail fresh off the runways. Inspired by red carpet looks both local and abroad, Mac Duggal gowns capture the essence of femininity to reflect the strength and confidence a fabulous dress can give. From sophisticated and sleek evening gowns to short and sexy cocktail dresses, there is sure to be a Mac Duggal Prom dress for every girl on prom night. With a variety of styles crafted in the finest fabrics, Mac Duggal Prom dresses strive to be a cut above the rest making them perfect for prom 2016 and other formal events year round. Most gowns available for order in sizes 0-16.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

January Showers Bring...February Flowers?

Spring has Sprung (at least the Spring '16 collections!) and you know what that means... gorgeous floral prints making their way onto the racks of prom boutiques every where. French Novelty carries a gorgeous variety of trend-setting gowns with floral prints from top designers like Sherri Hill, Rachel Allan, and Paris Dress. Take a look at our models employees taking a break from work to show off the latest floral fashions!

From Left to Right: Sherri Hill, Paris Dress, Rachel Allan
All three of these gowns are available at French Novelty and

Check out these other stunning gowns flanked with florals!

Mon Cheri 116764

Rachel Allan 7111
Sherri Hill 50482

These Fun Prints will help you show off your fun and flirty side this prom season! With so many silhouettes, lengths, and colors to choose from, you'll be sure to find a floral dress that brings your nature loving side with your "dolled up for the dance" side!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Your Prom Dress Shopping told by Koalas.

A long, hard, tedious week of purgatory, AKA high school has just ended. You're relaxing on your bed "netflix and chilling" all by yourself, and you have to admit, it's beyond glorious.

Suddenly your comfortable bubble of silence and Gossip Girl are broken when your mom does that "knock twice and immediately open the door move". You look up towards her nontypical overly excited expression you'd only ever seen on moms in Disney Channel shows. You begin to wonder whether if all the double stuffed Oreos she had with lunch are getting to her head.
You stare at your mom from your cozy, sleepy state like:

But your thrilled mother has been waiting since 1985 to ask you this question so she's not having any of it. She puts on her best Disney Channel mom smile and says,

She mentions prom dress shopping casually, but you know that was her sole purpose in coming in.
You contemplate your options while soaking in the last few minutes of your personal snuggle sesh.

You finally agree to go, but only if she takes you out to hibachi later. Your mom squeals with happy 12 year old girl delight.

Hopping in the car, your mom tries to jam out with you to some top 40 pop hit you've heard about 1,000 times. It feels like a lifetime before you two pull up to French Novelty. When you walk in, you feel a little bit like this..

For the first time in 2 hours, your mom is speechless, and so are you. There are so many gorgeous dresses you don't know where to look first. After being greeted by a friendly employee, your mom makes a beeline for the extravagant ball gowns hanging in the window. You slip towards the back where you see a selection of the latest Rachel Allan's you just can't wait to get your hands on.

You grab a couple dresses you think you could pull off, along with your mom's choice, and hide away in the dressing room. You start with a chic and fierce two-piece Rachel Allan that immediately drew you in. After putting it on and taking a look in the mirror, you feel like the heroine of your own teen sci-fi  movie like the Hunger Games or something.

Size 0 Rachel Allan

Your mom shakes her head in disapproval and reminds you of the strict dress code your school has. Solemnly looking in the mirror, you mentally tell the dress:

You move on to your mom's choice, a blush pink Sherri Hill.
You look it up and down, wondering if you like it, or like it because you know your mom will be overjoyed if you do.
Size 0 Sherri Hill

It's a gorgeous dress, no doubt, but as you stand in the mirror picturing yourself taking prom pics, you feel like this is the kind of dress your best friend would wear, and you kindly shake your head no.
That's when the kind employee assisting you gets an idea and scurries off to the back.

You and your mom just look at each other in anticipation.

Suddenly she returns with a gown you know will be the one. It's the perfect combination of sassy, seventeen year old sophistication and "I'm still my mom's little girl". You can't wait to try it on.
Size 0 Shail K

It's a perfect light pink Shail K that curves down your figure elegantly while providing a youthful pop of color. You strut around the store thinking to yourself:

After squealing with glee in a very "say yes to the dress" kind of way, you reluctantly strip off the gown and give your mom your very best please please please please please before she smiles and happily walks over to the cashier.

You and your mom practically skip out of the store hand-in-hangar dreaming about the prom day to come. Before hopping in the car, your mom gets all teary eyed about you growing up and going away to college in a few months. Then she pulls one of these:

Since she just agreed to your dream gown, you let her hug it out, and remind yourself of how grateful you are to have that beautiful dress a great mom. As your mom takes her last suffocating squeeze, you give a knowing nod to another girl walking in the store, and silently wish you could go back in and play dress up for an hour longer...

All the dresses featured on this blog are currently in-stock online and at  the French Novelty storefront.  To see all of our in-stock gowns, click this link: