Monday, 5 October 2015

Where are London's best car boot sales?

Yesterday I became a boot fair seller at Hayes Farm Boot Sale, selling the remains of Tibetan and new costume jewellery stock from my market days.

It's the first time I've been to a boot sale and I really enjoyed it. There were literally hundreds of buyers and sellers. We had a successful day, and the sun was shining too! The only thing that was a bit grim was the 6am start, it was still dark when we arrived and we were asked if we had any records, electrical goods, or precious jewellery by enthusiastic buyers before we had even opened the car boot. Here's to the next one!

Monday, 28 September 2015

Vintage: Back to the 70s ...

From our vintage jewellery collection: vintage articulated fish pendant, vintage Avon 1973 'Ovalesque' pendant, vintage Avon 1975 'Juliet Cross' pendant and a selection of vintage plastic beads.

Vintage music: On Friday I watched 'Hot Chocolate at the BBC' which was a tribute to the band, whose charismatic frontman Errol Brown died in May. My favourite is from 1979 'Every 1's a Winner' .

Monday, 21 September 2015

Arabella Bianco is in October's British Vogue Magazine!

We are delighted to have a pair of vintage earrings and a vintage bracelet in October's British Vogue modelled by Sienna Miller!!! We only found out on Monday when a customer arrived to buy the earrings!
Really love the styling of this shoot. Styling by Lucinda Chambers, and photographer Mario Testino. Please see our Facebook page for all the images.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Video from the Vintage Modes fashion show!


Video from last Thursday's vintage fashion show at Vintage Modes in Grays Antiques! The show was masterminded and styled by Geeta Handa of C-Atomic, with jewellery from Arabella Bianco and Gillian Horsup, and clothes by Geeta Handa and June Victor. Enjoy!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Read the latest news from Arabella Bianco!

The latest news from Arabella Bianco, September 2015 - including details of the vintage fashion show coming up at Vintage Modes in Grays Antiques this Thursday!

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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