1. Haute Couture - The History & Fabrics

    Haute Couture - The History & Fabrics

     

    Haute Couture is a phrase which is often misused and that actually has very specific rules for the qualification and use of the word on a garment. Literally translated from French, Haute Couture means ‘high sewing’ and is often referred to as high dressmaking. These luxury one-off garment creations are always made by artisans (often in shift work to complete them on time) and commissioned by private clients, they require multiple fittings so that the garments are meticulously tailored for the wearer's measurements, resulting in a perfect fit. An Englishman called Charles Frederick Worth from the 19th century is considered to be the father of

  2. The Best Dressed Women at the Oscars 2021

    The Best Dressed Women at the Oscars 2021

    After a year of Netflix and pyjamas, we are pleased to see our favourite stars back on the red carpet wearing some amazing outfits at the 93rd Academy Awards.

    Amanda Seyfried stole the spotlight in a sensational red strapless tulle ball gown designed by Giorgio Armani (himself) for her first-time Oscar nomination.

  3. Joel & Son Fabrics Interview: Q&A with Stewart Parvin

    Joel & Son Fabrics Interview: Q&A with Stewart Parvin

    Stewart Parvin is one of London’s best designers, he is a couturier most famously known for being the Queen’s dressmaker. We sat down with Stewart to discuss his career.

    Q: When did you first realise you wanted a career in fashion?

    A: I think from a very early age. When I was a child at nursery school I knew the
    difference between Chanel and Saint Laurent because the lady whose house the school was held at was a very well-dressed woman and I know now, that is what she was wearing in the late sixties. I would go home and tell my mother that is what you need to buy - you need to buy a tweedy suit with big gold buttons at probably the age of three or four.

  4. Fabric Shopping with the Queen’s Dressmaker - Stewart Parvin visits the Joel & Son Fabrics Store

    Fabric Shopping with the Queen’s Dressmaker - Stewart Parvin visits the Joel & Son Fabrics Store

    An exclusive visit to Joel & Son Fabrics in Church street, which is "possibly the world's finest fabric emporium" by Her Majesty's go-to dressmaker.

    Stewart Parvin makes us fall in love (all over again) with a selection of his favourite fabric picks from the finest French, Italian and Swiss cloth makers. With rows and rows...and rows of fabrics in store, Stewart takes us on a sensory journey, where he reveals his favourite neon and white boucle, his love of the versatile double-face fabrics, the classic and wild printed silks "which Joel's has the most amazing eye for", to the pretty, delicate and amazing bridal laces and trims.

  5. A Royal Appointment - Stewart Parvin at his Motcomb Street boutique

    A Royal Appointment - Stewart Parvin at his Motcomb Street boutique

    We paid a visit to Stewart Parvin and had a tour of his amazing boutique, four floors of the most fabulous handmade clothes by the couturier to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

    A master of understated elegance, Stewart Parvin showcases his latest collection of exquisite womenswear made with the finest fabrics from Joel &

  6. Fabric Trends 2020

    Fabric Trends 2020

    When creating fashion looks that lasts, fabric selection should be your biggest consideration. After all, a luxury piece of cloth can elevate the most simple of outfits, ensuring your style is elegant and timeless. When looking for fabric trends, you’re in the right hands with Joel & Son Fabrics. For over 70 years, we have supplied the highest quality and most luxurious fashionable fabrics across the world.

    We monitor the fashion scene closely, keeping on top of the latest fabric trends from the London, Paris and Milan fashion week and add them to our latest collection. See our selection of the fabric trends inspiring catwalks all over the world and create your perfect outfit.

    - Satin Fabric -

  7. Get The Look - Emily in Paris

    Get The Look - Emily in Paris

    Paris is The City of Lights, the city of love and of course, ultra-chic designer outfits, so it's no surprise that we binged the latest Netflix show, Emily in Paris purely for entertainment purposes and to get the best fashion inspo and style tips of 2020.

    Merci Netflix for giving us something else to talk and think about that is not face mask 'fashion' related! 

    78 Year old, costume designer, Patricia Field who styled Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City two decades ago, has done it again but this time alongside Marylin Fitoussi. We can see the same signature fun and quirky style on the young Emily, a marketing executive who has moved from Chicago to Paris for work. With a 200k strong social following, this influencer (Emily) has surely given us some très chic, brightly coloured OTT and OOB (out of budget) fashion moments. Here are some of our favourite sartorially coveted outfits and best fabric matches to recreate

  8. 10 Facts About Silk Fabrics

    10 Facts About Silk Fabrics

    At Joel & Son Fabrics we are crazy about silks - just walk up and down the many 'silk laden' aisles of our London shop to see this. And no wonder, silk is considered one of the most luxurious fabrics in the world! Silk is known as the ‘Queen of fabrics’ and for good reason - for thousands of years, the complex, labour intensive and time-consuming process of creating silk was carried out in the utmost secrecy, making silk fabrics very special and expensive.

    Here are our 10 favourite facts about silk. 

    1. The Chinese are considered to be the pioneers of silk making and the earliest evidence of silk fabrics dates back to

  9. Donating PPE To The NHS

    Donating PPE To The NHS

    You haven't heard from us in a while and that's because, in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, we have been keeping very busy.

    Our priority has always been the safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers and communities so we closed our store and were keen to find a valuable way to contribute. When we heard that the NHS needed help in terms of PPE for those amazing doctors and nurses on the frontline, we got together with our network of dressmakers (including those who make couture clothing for the Royal family) and used our contacts to source thousands of metres of fabric.

    Our talented dressmakers went to work spending the last eight weeks using their skills and working around the clock making scrubs, PPE masks and bags which we donated to help our NHS heroes.

    Another vulnerable group are the homeless so when we were asked to donate hats, we were thrilled to help out - these have now been distributed

  10. A Sustainable Future - Our Mission for Buying Better

    A Sustainable Future - Our Mission for Buying Better

    The fashion industry is one of the major polluting industries in the world. We live in a time of throw-away fashion. Shopping from high street chains, one can buy a dress for as little as £9, wear it once, Instagram it and then dispose of it - sounds too good to be true.

    This however, comes at the cost of severe environmental damage, including water pollution from untreated contaminated waste and air pollution.

    Did you know that the fashion industry is responsible for 10% of humanity's carbon emissions?

    A standard industry six-month lead time has now turned into weeks. It is not uncommon for fast-fashion

  11. Best Dressed Women of the Week 27.02.20

    Best Dressed Women of the Week 27.02.20

    Who was the best dressed woman of the week?

    Rihanna chose a show stopping purple tulle gown by Givenchy Haute Couture while attending NAACP Image Awards.

    Purple Polyamide Tulle
  12. The Best Dressed Women at the Oscars 2020

    The Best Dressed Women at the Oscars 2020

    The Oscars is the most important day in Hollywood, the 92nd Academy Awards was full of incredible head turning red carpet styles, here is our round up of the best dressed.

    Oscar Best Actress winner, Renée Zellweger looked stunning in a white sequin one-shoulder gown from Armani Prive.