Monthly Archives: December 2014

  1. Trend Alert - Stars

    Trend Alert - Stars

    'Out with the old and in with the new' as they say... Polka dot patterns are so long gone and SS15 is all about STARS. Sparkly, shiny, matt; STARS. Stars on your shirt, stars on your trousers, stars on your headband, stars on your shoes. Get it? STARS.

    Here are some pictures for inspiration from our favourite designers debuting the latest trend:

    Sparkly Valentino stars

  2. Love Struck

    Love Struck

    If there is a designer who can melt the hearts of even the most cynical women, it would be Elie Saab.

    The Lebanese couturier’s spell has struck again enchanting many with this season’s romantic fairytale. Featuring feminine silhouettes, luxurious adornment, magnificent ornamental embroidery and that unique eye for colour that shows the artistic side of the designer’s multifaceted talent; who wouldn’t be captivated?

    Each perfectly coiffed model strutted down the catwalk looking as if they belong to some sort of tribe for the sultry goddesses. As for the colour palette, it is beyond dreamy. Saab only used the prettiest hues that inspire the most poetical of moods. Breathtaking shades of powder blue, peach, vanilla, plum and rose deflected from the chandeliers behind the runway.  But there were not just block colours, the pastels were also used in an ombre effect. The collection displays a striking colour scheme graduating from ink blue to baby pink or scarlet.

  3. Chanel Haute Couture A/W14

    Chanel Haute Couture A/W14

    As usual, Karl Lagerfeld wowed Joel & Son with his Haute Couture collection. Expecting the unexpected after the Chanelified supermarche backdrop we saw earlier this year for the RTW collection; we were pleasantly surprised when the designer decided to tone down his infamous, highly exaggerative show space to accomodate a small audience in a more intimate and modest setting.

    A fireplace blazing computerised flames and a big, old, baroque gilded mirror placed above each mantel appeared at either end of the catwalk. A big difference from a designer who famously skates across time like fashion's answer to a human time machine!

    It was clear Lagerfeld wanted his guests to focus on the impressive sartorial workmanship rather than any bells and whistles. The change was such a contrast that each guest’s press packet included a note explaining that the decor was a homage to Le Corbusier, an architect whose minimalistic urban aesthetic played a central role in the modernist m

  4. The Diamond Ball

    The Diamond Ball

    Shining “…bright like a Diamond” as she sings in her hit song, Rihanna hosted the first annual ball benefiting ‘The Clara Lionel Foundation’ last week. Founded in 2012, the charity is in honour of the starlet’s grandparents, Clara and Lionel, and works to better the quality of life for communities globally. “One of the greatest benefits of my job was being able to start the Clara Lionel Foundation in honour of my grandparents,” said Rihanna. “There is truly nothing I’m more proud of and we’ve just gotten started. I’m excited to continue my work and thrilled to be able to host the Diamond Ball – a night that promises to be elegant and inspirational.” Raising money for health, education, arts and culture; Rihanna performed with a full orchestra and hosted the night for many A-list celebrities wearing not one but TWO stunning Zac Posen gowns.

    We love the plush pink a

  5. Tulle Illusion

    Tulle Illusion

    Giorgio Armani has his own magical traditions in Paris. He always showcases his Haute Couture at the Palais de Tokyo and never disappoints his audience. Cleverly mixing the audacious with simplicity in classic Armani style, the designer sent a flurry of red, white and black down his runway. Whilst this colour palette is not the most understated, he has made these gowns appear soft and feminine captivating the heart's of all his admirers.

    Each look follows a theme of the fairytale-esque bride who allures in striking hues and contrasts this with a demure array of fabrics. Using elaborate textures like tulle, ribbon fringing, polka-dot veiling and fishnet; each dress has some sort of embellished bustier above a layered skirt which we like to refer to as ‘tulle illusion’. The long veils fitted with exaggerated volume create an edge and the delicate pom-poms above the fishnet add to the dramatic effect.

  6. The British Fashion Awards 2014

    The British Fashion Awards 2014

    Joel & Son Fabrics were invited by the British Fashion Council to attend the British Fashion Awards on Monday evening. With much excitement we entered this prestigious black tie event wearing our finest fabrics and took our seats (with a glass of champagne in hand of course!).

    This year the BFA categories had tough competition. We were particularly excited to be part of an audience that so warmly welcomed the infamous and profoundly talented John Galliano back into the industry after a three-year interval. John introduced one of the most influential and respected women that the fashion world has ever seen. With much emotion he shared personal stories… how her true loyalty and good heart sets her apart from many, how she is not only talented for the work she has done for the last thirty nine years as Editor-in-Chief for U.S. Vogue but how she is a devoted philanthropist most of all. With a standing ovation the one and only Anna Wintour took to the stage.

    Delivering a