Looking for inspiration? We have a “Look Book” well worth looking into.

Here at Alla Moda we have no shortage of books, magazines and catalogues from which we gain inspiration, keep up with fashion forward and use to advise our clients and customers. Just recently we managed to lay our hands on a small collection of the Jakob Schlaepfer “Look Book” for the coming season. Jakob Schlaepfer is a 104-year-old fabric/textile company known for their ‘fantasy fabrics’ such as sequined embroidery – innovative, ingenious designs done by the hand of master artisans. The Jakob Schlaepfer House is legendary as the purveyor of haute couture fabrics to such fashion houses as Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Vivenne Westood and Christian Lacroix to name a few. In fact there would be hardly a high end fashion show anywhere that doesn’t feature their creations somewhere.
We are quite excited to have a few copies of these “Look Books” in store. So please, pop in if you get a chance and flick through the pages. There are some magnificent designs and creations and they give you a great insight into what’s hot for the coming seasons. And the other good news is we have some of the fabrics in stock. Drop in soon. We’d love to show you in person.

Save up to 70% in our Winter Sale. PLUS for 3 days only 20% storewide.

Our famous Winter Sale is now on. So here’s your chance to make big savings on some of the world’s most beautiful fabrics. PLUS for 3 days only we are having a 20% OFF EVERYTHING STOREWIDE Sale.
Starting Friday 12 July and going through to Sunday 14 July we’ll be reducing everything in our store by a minimum of 20%! Everything!
Exquisite silks and bouclés, Italian linens and wools, Swiss cottons, French laces and embroideries. Everything will be reduced by 20%. We look forward to seeing you and helping you bag a bargain on that unique piece of fabric you’ve always wanted. It will also be a chance for you to check out our new, bigger, brighter store. Still at Emporium but now just across from the Emporium Hotel. See you soon.

Imagine having $500 to spend on some of the world’s most beautiful fabrics

At Alla Moda, we love to share the good news when we get a new shipment instore but in the past we have always been a bit frustrated by having to tell all our regular customers in the traditional way – by post and that’s time consuming and expensive. We love technology that allows us to quickly and efficiently communicates exciting news. But to achieve that we need email addresses. So to encourage as many customers as possible to join our email list we are offering a $500 prize. All you have to do is go to our Subscriptions Page and enter your name and email address. That’s all. You’ll be in the draw. If you are already an Alla Moda email subscriber, don’t worry, you will automatically be in the draw too.
We promise we will never pass on your address to anyone or any other company.
So good luck and we’d love to see you in person soon – which is how we really like to communicate with people.
Some House keeping – otherwise known as terms & Conditions.
The $500 can be used against any fabric or fabrics for sale in store.
The prize cannot be exchanged for cash and must be used before 31 December 2013.
The competition closes midnight 30 June 2013 and we’ll draw the winner by a random number generator on 1 July 2013. The lucky winner will be notified by email.
One entry per person please. ie. No multiple addresses.
Staff and immediate family and Alla Moda professional associates and consultants are not eligible.
A more detailed version of the Terms & Conditions can be obtained by emailing fabric@allamoda.com.au

We are now in our new Emporium store and we already feel like we’ve been here forever

Yes, we have finally moved. Not far though. Just 6 doors away (50metres) and still at Emporium.
We now have a bigger and brighter shop with more room to show off our collections and of course more room for you to explore and experience some of the world’s most beautiful fabrics.
You’ll find all the unique brands and fabrics that we have become famous for and as always, we have the beautiful basics and exquisite trimmings to see you looking superbly stylish thoughout any season.
We look forward to showing off our new home and helping you make your selections. We’re easy to find…just across from the entrance to the Emporium Hotel. You can’t miss us.

While we’re on the subject of laces…here’s a beautiful silk georgette

The legendary Swiss fabric house of Jakob Schlaepfer has just sent us this stunning printed silk georgette. If you look carefully you’ll see that they have cleverly incorporated into the design an intricate lace pattern, so that the overall effect is a layering of sensual silk, soft water colour flora and delicate lace. Which all just reinforces what we have been saying – lace is big – even fabric houses that traditionally don’t produce lace are recognizing its place in up to the minute fashion. When you get the opportunity drop in and have a look at this work of art and also check out our range of French laces while you are here. We think you’ll be impressed.

Gone are the days when laces were the domain of weddings and christenings.

Been out late, lately? Or perhaps just strolling your favouite shopping precinct? Noticed a small revolution in fashion? Lace. It’s appearing everywhere. And not just in traditional white. The great lace houses of Europe like Sophie Hallette and Solstiss are spinning out laces in a bewildering array of colours and designs. Check out any of the iconic couture brands parading the catwalks of the world and you’re bound to see lace being used somewhere in the collections and in the most creative and imaginary ways. We have a stunning collection of laces right here at Alla Moda in exquisite colours from fresh citrus to sky blues to hot pinks. And of course we always stock traditional blacks, whites and creams in standard widths down to finely crafted borders. Drop in sometime soon. We’d love to show off our range.

Sometimes we find our fabrics turning up in places we least expect.

Recently we were browsing through The Australian’s excellent Wish magazine and we found this beautiful ad for our neighbour here at Alla Moda Emporium, Margot McKinney. It wasn’t just the stunning necklace adorning the model that caught our eye, it was the equally stunning fabric, photographer Sam Theis chose for his background and garment – a luxurious Italian silk satin. Margot has three advertisements in the series each using a different fabric gleaned from our beautiful collection. Keep an eye out for them. And of course you can drop into our store and check them out yourself. Well done Margot and Sam. We love your style.

Image of a Margot McKinney ad featuring a emerald necklace with Alla Moda Fabric Background

Like to own a Chanel style “little black jacket”…or red…or blue…or green perhaps?

One of the great things we love about the fashion industry is that there are some styles and looks that are just timeless. And one of the most timeless pieces of fashion has to be the legendary Chanel jacket. First imagined by Coco Chanel in 1954, the Chanel Jacket has maintained its timelessness ever since.
We recently discovered that Rita Camastral, a frequent visitor to Alla Moda Fabrics, has a great blog site that gives you step by step instructions on how to make your own “little black jacket” from many of the beautiful fabrics we always have in store.
To find out more just visit: http://ricamafabrics.blogspot.com.au then visit us here at Alla Moda Emporium and we will personally help you find a fabric that will be just perfect for you. And if DIY sewing is not your strong point we can recommend one of several very talented dressmaker/designers we work with. Hope to see you soon.