Monday, 29 February 2016

Vintage Modes: London Fashion Week 2016

Arabella Bianco is part of Vintage Modes in Grays Antiques, London. Vintage Modes has its own blog, from which we have taken the following post. Enjoy!

London Fashion Week has now ended, but here we take a look at the top shows, which were a mix of young talent and big guns, and highlight our favourite emerging fashion trends which we also discovered at Vintage Modes

Zig Zags & Stripes 

Peter Pilotto

Temperley London

1970s Gina Fratini dress, offered by June Victor at Vintage Modes

Graphic Floral Prints & Red/Black 

Markus Lupfer presentation

Margaret Howell

1970s Sid Green of London polo neck dress, offered by June Victor at Vintage Modes

Prints & Orange

Duro Olowu presentation

Left to right: Dion Lee, Adam Selman, Baja East, Veronica Beard and Altuzarra

1960s Velvet dress by Total Look  at Debenham & Freeman, offered by June Victor at Vintage Modes

Vivid Floral Prints

Orla Kiely

Painted velvet skirt and matching belt, 1960s, offered by June Victor at Vintage Modes

 Geometric Prints 

Peter Pilotto

Fyodor Golan

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent wool skirt, offered by June Victor at Vintage Modes

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Monday, 22 February 2016

Vintage Costume Jewellery - Rhinestones, Diamantes and Paste

Whether called rhinestones, diamantes or paste, jewellery made with these sparkling stones has been popular for a long time. Usually clear, the stones match many outfits!

Here's a bit of background reading from Collectors Weekly
Art deco buckle featuring fine quality paste stones, this glamorous buckle would look stunning paired with a quality leather belt!  £125 from Arabella Bianco

Monday, 15 February 2016

18th Century Faux Pearls - a mini history

Faux pearls were already being developed in the 18th century. Real pearls were extremely expensive and  exclusive to royalty and the rich.

Even so, many well to do ladies wore replicas of their real pearls, and kept their priceless pearls under lock and key.
For more about 18th Century faux pearls read this lovely  post, 'Roman Pearls for the 18th Century Lady':

Modern faux pearls - gold plated and faux pearl clip on earrings by Chanel, 1980s.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Monday, 1 February 2016

Spring Fashion ‘16

Winter will soon be over and spring fashion will start quicker than you think. So why not plan ahead and start your spring wardrobe now!

This year, orange is going to be a big fashion trend. The new ‘it’ shade is called Peach Echo, a colour that evokes warmth. This trend can be incorporated into your wardrobe in a variety of different ways, from a bright orange dress to a simple warm toned brooch that adds a pop of colour to an outfit. 

Arabella Bianco offers a number of different orange fashion accessories and jewellery that will help you nail the spring ’16 trend:
Lea Stein Ginger Sleeping Cat Brooch
Leaves and Flowers Silk Scarf in Green, Orange and Yellow