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

Monday, 25 January 2016

Liberty in Fashion ...

Patterns and textiles have forever been considered a very important aspect of fashion. From chic silk to soft crushed velvet, simple shapes to intricate designs, the type and style of patterns and textiles can instantly change an outfit. Add a sequined scarf to a plain black outfit, and you have suddenly gone from day to night.   

The Liberty in Fashion exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum, which runs until 28th February 2016, showcases a variety of textiles and garments from designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood. It celebrates Liberty’s 140th anniversary and its role as a creator of key fashion trends. In particular, Liberty Art Fabrics and the textile design studio is the leader in floral and paisley prints. Don’t miss out on your chance to see a glimpse of what Liberty has offered fashion since 1875.

Here at Arabella Bianco, we have a range of stunning textiles and patterns in the form of vintage scarves and accessories. Below is a selection of pieces we offer:

Vintage Silk Liberty Print Peacock Scarf

Orange Heart Scarf by Celia Birtwell

Fair Trade Silk Bag

Vintage White Crochet Gloves

Monday, 18 January 2016

David Bowie - Let's Dance

One of our favourite songs from 1983.  RIP David Bowie, 8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016
 Business of Fashion on David Bowie -
BBC News on David Bowie -

Monday, 21 December 2015

Christmas Wishes 2015

Dear Readers,
Thank you so much for reading our Blog, we shall be taking a short break.
We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and best wishes for 2016!

Monday, 14 December 2015

The Trifari Birthstone Range at Arabella Bianco in Grays Antiques

At this time of year we do stock quite a few Trifari jewellery pieces.

The Trifari birthstone range is always popular. We have the September 'sapphire' necklace, the February 'amethyst' bracelet and the July 'ruby' bracelet.  An April 'diamond' necklace and bracelet will be arriving soon!

 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!
Vintage September 'Sapphire' Birthday Ribbon Necklace by Trifari

Monday, 7 December 2015

How to Wear Vintage Brooches ...

Vintage Mask Face Brooch by Gontie

Be inspired to wear a beautiful vintage brooch this Christmas! Back in February our favourite blogger Decades of Elegance ran a brooch wearing challenge. There are plenty of lovely modern ways to wear a vintage brooch! 

Looking back at our February Brooch Wearing Challenge
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Opal and Diamond Brooch from Richard Ogden in the Burlington Arcade
Opal and Diamond Brooch from Richard Ogden in the Burlington Arcade – we adore! What a lovely month February has been!  I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I started the Brooch Wearing Challenge a month ago, but it turned out to be such a wonderful little jewellery journey, with so much positive feedback – and so many fabulous brooches!

Vintage Silver and Marcasite Brooch, Decades of Elegance
Vintage Silver and Marcasite Brooch, Decades of Elegance
A friend of mine who is a beautiful opera singer was really excited to hear about it, and said that she always struggles to find brooches that will go with her performance outfits.  “A brooch is perfect to fasten a scarf with over an evening gown, but you just don’t see them around these days!”  Fortunately I was able to direct her to the vintage fairs and antique shops for some stunning brooches that are just waiting to start a new life with a new owner!

Vintage Cameo Brooch from Decades of Elegance
One of our lovely readers shared her vintage cameo brooch with us

Vintage Cameo Brooch worn with a Blouse
Another way to wear a cameo brooch 
It has also been lovely to talk to vintage and antique dealers who sell brooches, as they often have an abundance of brooches and know so much about them – and can give you great tips as to how they could be worn!

And this little experiment has also reinvented a bunch of my own outfits, as they go through such a transformation when a brooch is added!

Scottish Vintage Brooch with a Green Stone, Decades of Elegance

My woollen dress got a whole new life when I added this Scottish vintage brooch
from the Decades of Elegance collection

Gold Coloured Vintage Brooch with a Pearl  
A Romantic Gold Coloured Vintage Brooch with a Pearl

Vintage Chanel Brooch, Red Lips, Marilyn Monroe style

From the blog post Day 2 of the Brooch Wearing Challenge – Vintage Chanel Brooch 
And what better way to revive some old Hollywood glamour, than wearing a vintage 
Chanel brooch and red lipstick – as shown here by another one of our lovely readers?
So thank you all for taking part in this lovely challenge in so many different ways.  And it doesn’t of course stop here – feel free to send over your photos of you wearing a brooch whenever you like so that we can all enjoy a bit of beautiful jewellery and get some new style ideas!

So my dear, take out those old brooches that have been sitting at the back of your jewellery box, and reinvent them!  On Wednesday we will take a look at all the different styles that we have seen here on the blog throughout February, and hopefully you will get buckets of inspiration on how to wear your own in the most fabulous way!

Arabella Bianco joins our Vintage Brooch Wearing Challenge
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Arabella Bianco Vintage Gold Plated Bird of Paradise Brooch
 Vintage Gold Plated Bird of Paradise Brooch
And so the Vintage Brooch adventure continues, and today we are joined by Arabella Bianco, who is sending us some vintage brooch-inspiration from the golden days of Hollywood:

Hedy Lamarr wearing a brooch
Hedy Lamarr wearing a beautiful brooch just below the collar of her blouse
Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr’s Hollywood-career spanned the 1930s, 40s and 50s.  She was discovered by Louis B. Mayer – film producer and co-founder of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios (MGM) – and Louis and the studio cast her as “the world’s most beautiful woman”.  In the photo above she is wearing a spray brooch, which sits beautifully just below the collar of her blouse.  This is a lovely way of wearing a brooch, as it adds a sweet little detail to a blouse that might not be so exciting to start with!
I wore a cameo brooch in a similar way the other day in the antique shop:

How to Wear a Brooch - vintage cameo brooch worn on the collar of a blouse
Vintage cameo brooch worn on the collar of a blouse

Joan Crawford wearing a brooch
Joan Crawford wearing a brooch
Above we can see another imaginative way of accessorising an outfit with a brooch; in this instance an LBG worn by Joan Crawford.  She signed a motion picture contract, also with MGM, in 1925, and starred in many successful movies during the Great Depression – often portraying hardworking women who eventually found success and love.  Her career took a few hits after a strong start, but recovered an reached an all time high in 1945, when she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in Mildred Pierce.
We simply love the way the brooch becomes a part of her outfit.  Brooches with a prominent centre stone set in an beautifully designed mount just have such a classic look to them.
Vintage brooches from Arabella Bianco, Grays Antique Center, London
Vintage brooches from Arabella Bianco, Grays Antique Centre
… and here is a selection of Arabella Bianco‘s beautiful brooches, so that you can recreate your favourite iconic styles of these Hollywood starlets!

Monday, 30 November 2015

Where to shop for vintage costume jewellery this Christmas ...

Adorable vintage Christmas tree brooch
 on our stand at Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair yesterday.

Our special one of a kind vintage costume jewellery is sent worldwide from the website

Or if you are in London, why not drop by our shop in the famous Grays Antiques!

Have a lovely week.  Arabella x