Back to dresses. For those unfamiliar with the pageant dress scene, there are a few main players. Sherri Hill is HUGE and has been for years now, Claire's collection is classic, Jovani is a regular on stage, MacDuggal is up and coming, and Tony Bowls is good. They are all competitors, friends, and seen all over the pageant world. First, I must say I'm very particular about dresses as I have had the blessing of owning amazing dresses from many of the designers above. New line releases are kinda like the NFL draft for me. It's serious but fun as I know I'll see these designs on stage the following year at state pageants. I know what I like, what I don't, and what should be changed. That being said, I know any of these dresses will become some girls dream and they will rock that stage, feeling like a million bucks and own it. But for now, get ready for the critiques.
Jovani's new pageant line features feathers, sky high slits, spectacular and intricate beading, chiffon, satin, and velvet (cue This is what Dreams are Made Of from the Lizzy McGuire Movie. What? Only me? Nevermind.) One of the dark haired models, Raina Hein, is recognizable from America's Next Top Model, cycle 14. Also, she went to my k-8 school and my mom taught her art. Small world.
Am I seeing double? One of the things I observed when looking at the line was how familiar some of the designs are. I can only assume this is Jovani's response to claim the sales of some of the top-selling dresses of other designers such as Sherri Hill or MacDuggal. You be the judge. Inspiration or knock off?