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!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Runway looks from Rachel Allan

Make Homecoming 2016 memorable in a dress by Rachel Allan. Unique and upscale, Rachel Allan's collection is sure to leave all eyes on you as stunning details and dazzling silhouettes come to life in vibrant color. These designs are made for the modern girl who craves an ensemble that looks straight off the runway! From short party dresses with full skirts and fun prints to sleek, formal rompers, you can't go wrong with any of Rachel Allan's amazing designs for Homecoming 2016!

Sizes available are 0-16, but not in every dress style. Order your Rachel Allan dress now as the best designs and sizes are sure to sell fast!

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You'll look magnificent in this fun,  floral, short party dress! Rachel Allan has packed a punch in this gorgeous printed dress. Homecoming 2016 will look better than ever with you strutting your stuff in this flirty dress flanked with a blue flower print. 

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Why fit in when you were born to stand out? You'll look be the talk of the Homecoming dance when you you walk in wearing this fashion-forward dress romper. This design is the epitome of sassy sophistication. The two-piece design brings a fun maturity to the look while the intricate bottoms add a bold touch to the gorgeous ensemble!

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For the classy girl who knows how to have fun, you can't go wrong with this long-sleeved, two-piece design. It's simple elegance makes it a fitting choice to flatter anyone, but the vibrant print on the skirt adds a hint of pizzaz- just enough to shake up the sleek style!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Fabulous Faviana Homecoming Dresses

Dazzle your friends at Homecoming this year in a stunning cocktail dress by Faviana! Their 2016 homecoming dress collection is simply stunning in a stunning array of fabrics and patterns. Soft fabrics, lush feathers, and glamorous sequins make these styles some of the hottest around. You’ll feel beautiful in these Faviana homecoming and cocktail dresses as you strut your stuff on your big night. Most styles available in a variety of colors and in sizes from 0 to 16, including some sizes up to 24W, there is a perfect style for everyone. You'll look-and feel-amazing in one of these gorgeous designs by Faviana!

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Style 7857 from Faviana has a unique cut that is sweet and alluring. The delicate lace sleeves continue down the center back to create an effect like butterfly wings. This short dress is perfect for making a simple, yet elegant, entrance at your homecoming dance! 

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Style 7864 from Faviana has a sultry, super high slit which is scandalously sexy. The best part? It has pockets! This short dress offers a range of looks depending on how its accessorized. Rock it at homecoming and have a night to remember, but you'll have no problem finding another event to make a bold fashion statement with this dress!

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Style 7879 from Faviana is is for the trend-setter in all of us. The fashion-forward off the shoulder straps slope gracefully into the sensual V neckline on this short party dress. The pleated and pocketed skirt will make you feel like your fresh off the runway! Fitted at bust and waist, loose at the hips, this sassy style is Best for hourglass figures to add dimension.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Little Black Dresses on Sale at French Novelty

French Novelty has little black dresses for all your special occasions! Whether you're headed out with your girls for a night out, a wedding, homecoming, or a formal dinner, we've got these beautiful cocktail dresses on sale online and at our Blanding Blvd. location. Here are three of our favorite little black dresses from French Novelty!

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This sultry long sleeved mini dress is bound to turn heads as you enter the room with its ultra sheer illusion fabric. The delicately ruched bodice features sophisticated crystal accents throughout the illusion fabric. You'll steal the spotlight as this dress hugs every curve. This Night Moves cocktail dress is perfect for a night on the town. This short dress is daring and makes a statement that won't soon be forgotten!

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Sleek and sexy, this short formal cocktail dress by Rachel Allan is sure to turn heads. Fitted from the sleeveless high neckline to the mid thigh, this eye catching mini dress is made of a form-fitting jersey fabric highlights your silhouette. The embellished sheer neckline is sure to captivate as exotic one of a kind beadwork trims the collar making this stunning design perfect for homecoming, cocktail parties and other formal events!

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This chic one shoulder Bari Jay dress would be perfect to wear to a nice dinner, wedding, or any other special event! The easy-to-wear design would make any woman look straight off the runway! If you're in need of an affordable, flattering, and fashionable cocktail dress, you can't go wrong with this design from Bari Jay!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Little Black Dresses by La Femme

La Femme's Fall 2016 collection is available at French Novelty! This collection of dresses is full of gorgeous, classy, figure-flattering dresses. However, there's no dress like a classic and versatile little black dress! La Femme has the loveliest LBD's we've ever seen! Here's some of our favorites...

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This is a little black dress like no other! The two-piece style of this La Femme cocktail dress is a mature and fashion forward take on the classic design. We love the unique silhouette of this little black dress. From the skater skirt to the criss-crossed top, this design is not for the girl who is afraid to push fashion boundaries!

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Here's a little black dress from La Femme that is classy, but oh so sassy! This cocktail dress is eye catching with long sleeves and a high neckline. The bodice features a sheer lace overlay and is embellished with rhinestones. The flared skirt adds a bit of fun to this chic black cocktail dress. It's fun and flirty styling would make it perfect for a special night out, wedding, or even Homecoming!

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This hip hugging cocktail dress from La Femme is a stunning beaded dress with a high neckline and open back. The nude lining makes the beaded pattern pop! We love the halter neckline on this dress. It keeps the design classy and sophisticated, but the form fitting silhouette on this cocktail dress makes is so so sassy. 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

3 Homecoming 2016 Trends You'll Love!

French Novelty has the hottest Homecoming 2016 trends of the season!

With designers pouring their new collections into our store, we can't help but be in awe of the gorgeous designs we have available. While our in-store collection is impressive, our online selection is unbelievable. Here are 3 trends you can expect to see at Homecomings across the country!

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Romp around the dance floor at the dance in a stylish formal romper! Rompers have become a girl's go-to for any fun night out with friends. Now, you can take your favorite easy-to-wear style and rock it at your Homecoming dance! These flattering designs elongate legs while adding convenient coverage so you don't have to hold back on the dance floor. This shimmering Shail K would be the perfect addition to your night!

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For the daring girls of 2016- plunging necklines will be your ideal dress! This sassy style is perfect for the girl not afraid to show a little skin. The deep neckline will flatter your shape while keepin' it classy. You can find these head turning designs in almost every designers collection! We love the deep v on this Faviana because it has an extra bit of sheer fabric down the middle so you don't suffer any fashion faux-pas!

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There's nothing quite like a little black dress, but a little black dress by Sherri Hill? Now there's really nothing that can top that! We love the off-the-shoulder trend featured in this cute cocktail dress by one of our favorite designers. You'll feel a little sassy, but definitely very classy in a dress with this style. It's reminiscent of old hollywood and 1950's pin up girls. If you're the type to want to show off a little more without being too revealing, you've got to take a look at all of our flirty off-the-shoulder dresses!

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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 
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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!

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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: