Monday, 27 October 2014

The Trifari Birthday Collection - vintage Trifari 'Amethyst' ribbon bracelet for February
This beautiful brushed gold plated ribbon design bracelet by Trifari is from Trifari's Birthday Collection, amethyst rhinestones for February. Stunning jewellery for a wedding or special occasion! £95.

Trifari was born in Naples but emigrated to New York in 1902. Gustavo Trifari began his own business in 1918 when he met Leo Kraussman. They were joined by Carl Fishel, in 1925. In 1975 the company was bought by Hallmark, and since then has been taken over by several companies. In 2000 production was finally moved overseas which brought an end to high quality signed Trifari jewellery. 

More about Trifari ...
  • Trifari Patent Pending Vintage Jewelry - Collecting Vintage & Contemporary Jewelry
... and we really love these, Trifari's jewellery patents, what amazing designs!
Have a great week readers!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Jimi Hendrix, great music, but where did he buy his clothes?

Jimi Hendrix performing "The Star Spangled Banner" at Woodstock, August 18, 1969

Jimi Hendrix has been voted the greatest guitarist of all time, and if you want to learn about his music watch this great programme on the BBC
He was also a style icon of the 60s, but where did he buy his clothes? Many were bought in London boutiques. Here's a fab article on Jimi Hendrix fashion!
For Jimi Hendrix vintage looks to inspire,  read here!
Have a great week readers!

Monday, 6 October 2014

The Leonard Street, Royal Wedding street party in London's east end, 30th April 2011 ...

Hello dear readers,
As you may know, our shop at Vintage Modes, Grays Antiques is currently being refurbished after it was flooded. Hopefully it will reopen at the beginning of November!
We thought a bit of reminiscing was in order before we move in to our new look shop!

Here we are in the early days, 3 and a half years ago, when we had a stall at a Royal Wedding street party to celebrate Kate and William's marriage ... 

"We had a stall in the vintage fashion fair.  Fabulous day,  fantastic people,  magical atmosphere"

Monday, 29 September 2014

Where to go for Afternoon Tea in London ...

Have you ever fancied having a delicious afternoon cream tea surrounded by the opulence and grandeur of a secret London hotel?

How about starting your own vintage hotel silver collection?

Have a lovely week x

Monday, 15 September 2014

Stirred, Straight Up, with a Twist: Color My World

  LIFE, June 29, 1953
"Last year, working as a color consultant on John Huston's Moulin Rouge, LIFE photographer Eliot Elisofon brilliantly showed how color could be used not only to heighten realism but to play its own dramatic and psychological role in a movie. Recently Elisofon visited the Hollywood studios to demonstrate how his principles can be applied to a representative group of screen beauties."

"He took a group of ranking younger stars, had them dress in all white, put them against white backgrounds and blow-ups of black and white stills from recent movies, then chose a key color for each of them. Using color gelatins on his lights (like the spotlights which shine on the stage from theater balconies) and filters on his camera to control the color balance, he matched colors to each young player's movie character..."   read more