Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2018 Prom Dress Trends: World of Prom Market Recap

Our buying team has returned from World of Prom Market in Atlanta, GA and we couldn't be more excited to spill the deets of some of the hottest trends for Prom 2018! Let's jump right into it and check out some sneak peeks of what is to come this prom season!

Here's a sneak peek of a velvet prom dress from Shail K's 2018 prom collection.


Velvet is one of the hottest trends for Prom 2018!  The days of velvet being only a fall/winter fabric are behind us! The velvet prom dress trend completely dominated the prom scene at this year's World of Prom market. Most of your favorite prom designers including Sherri Hill, Jovani, Alyce Paris, and La Femme just to name a few, each had a hint of velvet mixed into their Spring Collections.


Ruffle prom dresses are all the rage for Prom 2018! There's just something about ruffles that add a bit of extra pizzazz to your dream prom look. From 2-piece prom dresses to mermaid dresses to ball gowns, every style prom dress could look even more fabulous with a little ruffle action!

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Sneak Peek of Alyce Paris Prom 2018


The fringe prom dress trend is back and better than ever for prom 2018. This look is for the prom-goer who exemplifies all things glamour and loves to make a statement. Shimmy and Shake on the dance floor as your fringe prom dress moves to the beat right along with you. 

2018 Fringe Prom Dress, Style 5002, by Rachel Allan 


You can never go wrong with a little bling! Prom 2018 is filled with sequins and sparkly styles that are sure to have heads turning all night long! Top designers like Sherri Hill, Morilee, and Rachel Allan all showcase fully sequined prom dresses within their collections that will satisfy your craving to stand out on prom night. 

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Floral Print

The floral print prom dress trend has been popular for the past few years and it looks as though it is here to stay for at least one more season! Large roses, vibrant colors, and bold patterns all graced the runways at this years World of Prom Market. Newcomer, Ellie Wilde, made her mark last year with her signature prints and this year is no different. 

Ellie Wilde floral print is second to none! Coming Soon!
Off the Shoulder

Off the shoulder prom dresses, which is one of our faves from last year, is also a top trend for prom 2018. If you are looking for an off the shoulder prom dress, you are in luck because you can spot this look in every collection this season from Ellie Wilde and Sherri Hill to Dave and Johnny, just to name a few!
Ellie Wilde off the shoulder 2-piece dress for prom 2018.

Top Colors for Prom 2018
The Pantone color of the season is PINK, so don't be afraid to show off your girly side for prom 2018!

Shhh!! The Sherri Hill Spring 2018 is top secret for now, so enjoy this fabulous sneak peek in the color of the season!

 Rose Gold

Emerald Green

 Images for Prom 2018 aren't available just yet, but don't worry! Your dream prom dress will be available on our website soon!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Pageant Dresses that Won't Break the Bank

Our customer, Semaya, after being crowned Miss Westside 2017, wearing a gorgeous Mori Lee ballgown.

Finding the perfect pageant dress is probably the most critical part of the pageant preparation process. You may have to try on several until you find "The One", but once you step into the dress and walk out of that fitting room, you will know. We also understand that pageant dresses can get quite pricey and once you add-in your interview dress, opening number dress, appearance dresses and let's not forget alterations, your budget has now accumulated into something you didn't expect it to be. Well fear not! French Novelty is here to help you find a gorgeous pageant dress that won't bust your budget. Check out just a few sale pageant dresses that are currently in stock in our retail store.

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$449.99  Now:$299.99

Dazzle the judges in a fully beaded mermaid dress with a dramatic tulle bottom and deep-v back by Madison James. This dress is also in stock in the color turquoise

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$458.00 Now: $279.99

This Jasz Couture fit and flare pageant dress provides the perfect combination of sophistication and sassiness with its beaded illusion bodice and captivating, deep turquoise color. 

$348.99 Now:199.99

The flowy, chiffon skirt on this beautiful dress by Blush is perfect for sashaying across the stage at your pageant.

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$329.99  Now:$199.99

This hip hugging mermaid dress is perfect for the pageant girl who wants to make a statement with its tiered ruffle bottom, yet keep it simple with its minimal beading on the bodice. This dress is in stock in green and silver as well. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fall 2017 Homecoming Dress Trends

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Even though the school year has just ended and things are heating up outside, we are already dreaming of fall fashion around here. As soon as prom season ends for us, it's time to switch gears into homecoming as we check out the fall and winter collections for the perfect homecoming dresses. For the past several weeks we have been shopping the latest looks of short dresses from your favorite designers and here are just a few of the Top Homecoming Dress Trends for Fall 2017 that we know you're going to love!

1. Plush Velvet

This rich and luxurious fabric made a comeback in a major way on the runways of New York Fashion Week for fall 2017, and the homecoming dress styles for this year were no different. Whether you are looking for a form fitting and figure flattering look, a short and sassy 2-piece dress, or an a-line dress with a girly tulle skirt, there is the perfect velvet homecoming dress for you!


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2. Binge on Fringe

This popular 1920's inspired trend made its way back to the formal wear scene for prom 2017 and has carried over into the fall. This hand-beaded style is not for the faint at heart (or muscles) as the beads tend to be a little heavier than simpler styles, but the rich detail and head turns you will receive while wearing a fringe homecoming dress makes it well worth it.

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3. The Golden Rule

We are seeing a lot of flashy and sparkly golds this season, particularly from one of our favorite designers, Sherri Hill. Shimmering sequins and intricately beaded lace all in beautiful golden hues are dominating the homecoming dress scene for 2017. A gold homecoming dress just screams FABULOUS!

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4. Throwbacks

Are you still in love with a few of the homecoming dress styles of the past? Well you're in luck! Many of your favorite styles such as two-piece dresses, bold floral prints, embroidered floral, the classic LBD, and the fit and flare all make a comeback for homecoming 2017 with a new twist on each look.
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No matter your homecoming dress style, French Novelty will have the perfect dress for you. New collections are being added daily to our website, so go ahead and check it out by clicking the link below!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

French Novelty's Dream Team and Prom Queens

Our customer, Anna, front and center in her gorgeous Jovani dress with her girls headed to prom.

After months of searching and the blood, sweat, and tears (for some) that comes along with this journey, the time has finally come! Prom 2017 has come to it's bittersweet end. The French Novelty Dream Team has truly enjoyed helping all of our customers find the dress of their dreams. From the time these ladies walk through our door, we dive right in to begin bringing their prom night vision to life. Every year prom season connects us with some pretty amazing girls, and we get so excited to see pictures of our customers on prom night once they put their entire look together. Check out just a few of French Novelty's prom queens who lit up the room on prom night! 

Our customer, Natalie, wearing new designer, Ellie Wilde's signature print and check out her date with the matching tie! 

Our customer, Kayleigh, stole the show in this stunning 2-piece dress by Dave and Johnny.


Our customer, Sara Kate,  looks breath-taking in her rose printed 2-piece by La Femme. 

We can't forget about our wonderful online customers like Kat! We LOVE how she styled her Sherri Hill dress with Converse sneakers!

Last, but not least, we love this picture of our customer, Allie, being dipped by her date while wearing this beautiful dress by Mori Lee.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Join Us for a Faviana Trunk Show!

 Ladies, it's time to mark those calendars and get the squad together for a girl's day outing! French Novelty is hosting a trunk show February 10th-12th, featuring world renowned designer, Faviana, showcasing their best selection of gowns for Prom 2017! We will highlight the most fabulous looks from Faviana's Spring 2017 collection that entire weekend. During this trunk show, we will have a larger selection of Faviana dresses than any other time during the season, so this is an event that you do not want to miss! Look like you've just stepped off the red carpet on prom night in one of these show-stopping gowns. Check out just a few styles from Faviana's Spring 2017 collection below and join us for a fun and exciting occasion!




Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Trending: Burgundy, Wine, and Crimson, Oh My!

After visiting World of Prom Market in August, it was easy to see that one of the top colors for Prom 2017 are the dark, deep reds! Some designers may call it Bordeaux, some call it claret, and some call it garnet, but even with all of the different names and slightly differing shade variations, it safe to say that they all at least could agree that this color is going to be a HIT this year! These bold and rich hues add a touch of elegance and look of luxury to any gown.


Embody lavish sophistication in this Burgundy velvet mermaid dress with a ruffle skirt by Jovani. The velvet fabric gives this gown a look of timeless femininity and is perfect for any formal occasion from galas and black tie weddings to your senior prom.

If you are going for a more simply elegant look with a touch of edge, opt for this Faviana style in what they call Bordeaux. This fitted jersey gown features a halter neckline and criss cross, beaded straps along the sides.


Bring on the dramatics in this Black Plum two-piece mermaid gown by Alyce Paris. The embellishments on both the crop top and skirt coupled with tiered ruffles on the trumpet style skirt make this dress a definite show stopper.
Take a look at all of our prom dresses and find your perfect shade of deep red here:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New Designer Alert: Ellie Wilde for Mon Cheri

Take a walk on the Wilde side for prom 2017 in an Ellie Wilde for Mon Cheri prom dress. This young and new designer is taking the fashion world by storm with her bold floral print dresses, glamorous mermaid gowns, trendy high-low and two-piece styles, flirty short dresses, vintage inspired tea length styles and more! Making its official debut in Atlanta at the World of Prom Market in August of 2016, Ellie Wilde prom dresses are designed for those looking for something simple and timeless as well as the trendy fashionista who wishes to make a statement. In addition to prom, Ellie Wilde's designs are also perfect for pageants, homecoming, cocktail parties, military ball, and any other formal events. Many of these show-stopping gowns are are available in sizes 00-24 and in several striking color options and print variations. Make your prom night one to remember and turn heads in a dress from a brand new collection with designs that are beyond your wildest dreams. New images of the collection are already up on Take a look and order the dress of your dreams, because this new collection is sure to sell out!
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This 2-piece style features an off-the-shoulder lace crop top and an a-line full skirt with Ellie Wilde's signature floral print. You can find this signature print on several of her designs as well as ties for your prom date!

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You will surely turn heads in this sleeveless tulle ballgown with its beautiful lace bodice and tiered-ruffle skirt. The dramatic layers of tulle and horsehair trim on the skirt, make this style both eye-catching and breathtaking.

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As one of the most popular silhouettes from the past several prom seasons, Ellie Wilde's 2017 collection was not short on gorgeous mermaid style gowns! The sparkle sequin detail on the bodice of this gown in addition to the corkscrew ruffled skirt make this style both timeless and unique.

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Ellie Wilde also included a few short, cocktail dresses in her debut collection to give you a taste of whats to come possibly for a fall collection! Let your style show in this short and sassy jacquard dress and leave a lasting impression.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Top 5 Prom Dress Trends for 2017

I know what you’re thinking…prom?! We haven’t even gotten through homecoming yet! It’s too early to be thinking about prom! Trust me, it’s never too early to start dreaming about your prom dress. Those long and stressful shopping trips with your mom, trying on dress after dress, will be here before you know it and you may want to have an idea of what styles you like in order to help narrow down your search. Our buying team attended World of Prom Market in August and has already begun placing orders for spring 2017. We are so excited for you to see all of the new styles from your favorite designers, so in order to make this process a little easier for you, we have compiled a list of the Top 5 Prom Trends for 2017 for you to look out for!

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For the effortless bohemian goddess who adores simplistic glamour, a boho-chic prom dress is the perfect choice. From colorful embroidery and intricate beading to lace embellishments, the boho-chic trend is extremely popular this year and can be found from many of the top prom designers. If you weren’t able to make it to Coachella this year, now is the time to unleash the free spirit that you truly are and embrace your inner flower child.

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The High-Low
This look tends to resurface onto the prom scene every few years and it is back and better than ever for 2017. A high-low prom dress is perfect for showing off a pair of spectacular heels that would otherwise be hidden with a full-length gown. Whether your personal style longs for a 1950s inspired subtle high-low hem, an overskirt with a peek-a-boo pair of shorts or mini-skirt underneath, or a thigh-high style with cascading ruffles, you will surely find the perfect style with all that this season has to offer.

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This trend is everywhere from the runway to ready-to-wear, so it only makes sense for it to dominate the prom scene for 2017. This look is subtly romantic and is available in a variety of styles and silhouettes such as two-piece, mermaid, and long sleeve. You can also ease into the trend by showing just a peek of your shoulders and opt for the cold-shoulder look. No matter your preference, you will surely find plenty of options this prom season.

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Rompers, Jumpsuits, and Pant Sets
This style is for the fashionista who dares to be different. There aren’t too many girls bold enough to wear this look to prom, so you will definitely be the center of attention. As one of the hottest trends on and off the runway, any of these options are both fashion forward and glamorous yet comfortable.

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Pay homage to the classic 1920s era and wear a vintage inspired dress with fringe detail for prom 2017. With every move you make on the dance floor, your fringe prom dress will shake right along to the beat of the music ensuring that you will be the center of attention. If you want to channel your retro vibes, shimmy and shake your way into prom in a tasseled trim fringe dress.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Show-stopping Homecoming Dresses by Shail K

Light up the night in a dress by Shail K for your 2016 homecoming. Breathtaking with shimmering sequins and daring silhouettes, Shail K homecoming dresses are are to have all eyes on you from the moment that you enter the room. Exceeding industry standards with their glamorous details and exceptional quality, Shail K homecoming dresses are sure to be the hottest on the dancefloor on your special night. With impeccable attention to detail and exceptionally unique designs, Shail K dresses are captivating audiences worldwide making them an up and coming name for international fashion and a must have for your formal wear wardrobe. These designs are daring and bold. If you want to make a statement at Homecoming 2016, you won't want to miss out on these stunning styles!

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This sleek black romper is the perfect option for the girl who wants a head-turner for homecoming, but wants something she can wear over and over again. This romper by Shail K is so versatile! You'll strut into the homecoming dance looking flawless, but you'll still be able to pull it out the next weekend for a nice dinner or party!

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Off-the-shoulder dresses have been so hot this last year, and this dress is no exception! It takes a new spin on the off-the-shoulder style. Instead of structured sleeves leaning off onto your arms, this dress let's you have creative control! Whether you want this dress hanging off your right, left, or both shoulders, you get to decide. You'll look and feel amazing when you make this dress all your own.

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The two-piece, short party dress has become somewhat of a classic. However, this stylish design by Shail K is really bringing the heat with its fun tulle skirt and glistening beaded top. If you're looking to make a statement by showing off your abs and your sense of style, you're not going to want to miss out on this beautiful dress for homecoming 2016!