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Fashion Watch 2011: Joel Escober

Heavily textured pieces from the embellishment-loving designer.
Fashion Watch 2011: Joel Escober Heavily textured pieces from the embellishment-loving designer.

Flounces and frills and fringes and a whole lot of them—that's the defining quality of Joel Escober's Holiday 2011 collection for Fashion Watch 2011.

This designer went texture-happy with his latest lineup, embellishing his garments with fringes of shredded navy jacquard and hand-tucked fabric ornaments in an assortment of shapes, hues, and sizes. His fabric fripperies crawled and cascaded all over the plainest of silhouettes. Plain, to keep the focus on the type of adornment that's fast becoming Joel's trademark; plain, to be effective canvases for ostentatious ornamentation that seemed heavy, but was actually deceivingly light. Joel makes this combination of simple cuts and fussy embellishment work, but it takes a woman of unflinching bravura to don them, and don them well, as the dresses seem to come with a caveat: Wear them with elegance and grace, lest they overwhelm, and you fade.

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Click on the photo gallery to see Joel Escober's Fashion Watch Holiday 2011 collection.

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