Sunday, 9 August 2015

Off to San Francisco for my son's wedding and vintage shopping!

Luxurious vintage tiara with shimmering white faux pearls and faceted glass beads accents
Dear Readers,

We are taking a short break from our blog until Monday 7th September.

I will be flying over to the States to San Francisco for my son's wedding. I will also be visiting some vintage shops whilst I am there, you might like to follow my adventures on Instagram!

Meanwhile, I hope you have a great summer, and thank you so much for reading our blog.

Best Wishes, Lesley (Arabella Bianco founder) 

Monday, 3 August 2015

Introducing Geeta Handa of C-ATOMIC!

We are pleased to announce a new addition to the team at Vintage Modes! British designer Geeta Handa of C-ATOMIC has created a beautiful display of individually designed vintage inspired dresses and accessories. Her influence for this collection mainly comes from the 1970s but does add a touch of the retro 50s and stylish 60s. The designs feature timeless silhouettes with an added ethnic touch to create the perfect balance between bohemian fashion and effortless chic.

Geeta also offers a bespoke couture dress making service to make you stand out from the crowd. Additionally, clients receive a fashion portrait sketched out by Geeta herself, which makes a perfect gift along with any purchase.

Personal favourites from the collection are the white chiffon dresses with floaty sleeves. These can be worn dressed up or down, and when paired with gladiator sandals and a fringe bag, would be perfect to wear to this season's festivals.

We asked Geeta a few questions...

What first interested you in vintage fashion?
The idea of a timeless classic piece that never goes out of style was the reason I first started designing.

Do you have a favourite fashion icon? 
1970s icon, Brigitte Bardot, influences my designs, with a piece in my collection even being named after her. 

How do you gather inspiration for your beautiful designs?
I like to travel in order to gain inspiration and have just come back from a trip to Paris. Indian Textiles and the British Raj Era also inspire this collection.

Below are a few designs from her current collection:

Geeta modelling one of her own designs

Gigi Galore off shoulder, raw silk top with gold and black printed pleat skirt
Stunning White Chiffon Dress

Bohemian Vintage Inspired Dress
Classic Vintage Style Dress
Bohemian Style with an Ethnic twist
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Monday, 27 July 2015

Arabella Bianco at Vintage Modes in Grays Antiques, London .....

Arabella Bianco is part of the hidden treasure house that is Vintage Modes.

The location is almost secret!

In the basement of Grays Antiques in Grays Mews close to Bond Street tube station,
pop in to discover one of a kind vintage clothes and vintage costume jewellery!

Vintage Modes at Grays Antiques
Grays Mews, 1-7 Davies Mews, London W1K 5AB
Telephone 0207 409 0400

Sunday, 19 July 2015

What style of Vintage Dress should I wear for a wedding?

My son is getting married in August, and I'm on the hunt for a vintage dress to wear! 

This is a beautiful pink 1970s dress from eBay by Mike Benet Formals with cream iridescent sequins. I've had comments from 'nice' to 'hideous''girly' 'it's a nightdress' and 'you're not wearing that are you?'

I'm not sure what shoes I'd wear. I've got two more dresses on their way. What's your opinion of this dress?

Monday, 13 July 2015

Vintage 'Ruby' Costume Jewellery for July!

Tiffany published poems for each birthstone month  "of unknown author" in a pamphlet in 1870, this is July's.
The gleaming Ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they'll be exempt and free,
From lover's doubts and anxiety.
Pictured are Judy Garland's fabulous ruby slippers in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Along with our own vintage ruby red glass cufflinks and vintage gold plated bird of paradise brooch with a red ruby glass faceted eye.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Was £3,000 now £117! Where to buy Vintage Designer Fashion in London ...

A fascinating glimpse into the world of vintage designer fashion from The Independent ...

Cocktail Dress by Coco Chanel

Please visit us at Vintage Modes in the basement of Grays Antiques for vintage designer fashion and vintage costume jewellery:

Arabella Bianco at Vintage Modes,
Grays Antiques,
Grays Mews,
1-7 Davies Mews,
London W1K 5AB.           Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm, phone 0207 409 0400

Monday, 29 June 2015

My Impressions of Arabella Bianco

This post was created by Gerald, our work experience student.

I have been working for Arabella Bianco for the past week for my work experience! When I first arrived I was skeptical as to what I would find and what I would be required to do. The fears faded away as I met new people who were friendly and people who I would not normally talk to. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone and gave me a chance to grow my social skills.

I learnt how to do blog posts such as this and how to post instagram and facebook posts that looked professional. I think I achieved this with the posts that I created. The owner of Arabella Bianco helped me when I was unsure and was supportive throughout. Everyone was friendly when I needed help and encouraged me to go further. This helped me to transition myself to a growth mindset.

My first phone call that I had to answer was extremely nerve wracking. For some people picking up the phone to strangers is second nature but for me it was a very new experience. I stuttered and paused on my first phone call but as I began to repeat the process it became natural. This was also my first time in a work environment outside of school. It opened my eyes to what running a business entails and how a work day normally functions.

To conclude, my week at Arabella Bianco was an experience I will not forget. It truly gave me an insight into a work environment, and how a work day functions. Taking me out of my comfort zone brought new challenges and helped me to gain further social skills. Thanks to Arabella Bianco for letting me pursue my work experience at her shop!