Dress like a star
If you need some design inspiration for the perfect dress this holiday season, look no further. We spoke with celebrity Hollywood designer Dalia MacPhee to help you find some of the most gorgeous gowns that will suit every woman's figure. Fret not, ladies, you will be looking fabulous and dressing just like a celebrity for the holiday season!
SheKnows: Dalia, you are recognized as one of the top Hollywood designers and your beautiful gowns have been worn by celebrities such as Nina Dobrev and Grace Park! Who is the most exciting celebrity you are currently dressing, and which one of your glamorous gowns will she be wearing and to which event?
MacPhee: Honestly, I consider my customers (brides, mother of the bride, prom girls, etc.) to be the real celebrities and the most exciting genre of who I dress.
However, if we are talking Hollywood -- there are several great projects in the works. I've had the pleasure of working with some really great names including Hilary Duff, Heidi Klum, Keyshia Cole, Audrina Patridge, Julianne Hough, Amber Riley and Serena Williams, to name a few.
You will be seeing many of my new pieces on some of Hollywood's most elite at the upcoming award shows, and I wish I could divulge who. However, superstition prevents me from saying anything!
SheKnows: Your gowns and dresses are not only gorgeous and exquisite, but they are also vegan and eco-friendly. Can you tell us more about the types of materials you choose for each design?
MacPhee: 90 percent of the line is vegan-friendly, which means no animals were harmed -- just celebrities! Most people understand animal products to be items such as fur and leather. However, vegan also means no silk, since silk is actually acquired by using the silk worm. I have found some really amazing, soft, luxurious fabrics that also happen to be vegan and go great with a little salad dressing!
SheKnows: The holidays are upon us and that means it's time to look glamorous! From your Fall 2011 collection, which gowns would you recommend for slender physiques to plus sizes? Each woman wants to look her best, so tell us how we can all dress like a celebrity this holiday season!
MacPhee: Yes, the holidays are the perfect excuse to glam it up! Actually this blue chiffon one shoulder dress works for most body types, but looks particularly amazing on slim silhouettes, as it accentuates the figure and shows off the legs.
This gown has been worn by Dancing with the Stars' Niecy Nash and As the World Turns' Julia Pace Mitchell. It looks amazing in all sizes and is my favorite plus size dress to date -- as the beautiful angled ruffles create a slimming effect and the built in bust cups provide lots of top support. This gown tucks where it needs to tuck and flows where it needs to flow. Amen!
SheKnows: Your gowns are very unique and elegantly designed. Where do you gather inspiration from?
MacPhee: From a technical standpoint, my inspiration always comes from my customers. And wanting to design pieces that they will love and make them feel absolutely beautiful!
To review more of the Dalia MacPhee collection and find store locations, visit www.daliaonline.com.
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