Tuesday, 16 August 2016

A focus on... the 1960s

The 1960s was a colourful and innovative decade. Many different trends emerged during this period, from glamorous to boho, high fashion to ethnic style.

Fashions in the early years of the decade reflected the elegance of the First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy. In addition to the pillbox hat, women wore stiletto heeled shoes and suits with short boxy jackets, as well as over-sized buttons.

A subgroup of 1960s culture were the hippies, who were all about peace, love and freedom. Flowers were synonymous with hippy fashion. A lot of style inspiration was drawn from traditional clothing in Nepal, India, Bali, Morocco and African countries.

The fashion scene was dominated by iconic models such as Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, for their ultra mod and glamorous look. They were the perfect ambassadors of the miniskirt - accredited to '60s designer Mary Quant. Actress and singer, Jane Birkin, was renowned for her signature effortless style which symbolised Sixties boho fashion.

We had a look around Vintage Modes and spotted lots of pieces from this era that are positively groovy!

Feathery white flower brooch, from Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery

Metal flower brooch, from Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery

Flower power style

French sunglasses, offered by Gillian Horsup

1960s sunglasses advert

Vintage sunglasses, offered by Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery

Audrey Hepburn

White straw hat, from June Victor at Vintage Modes

Jane Birkin

1960s Stratton abstract design compact, from Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery

The compact - an essential accessory!

1960s compact advert

Velvet robe, from June Victor at Vintage Modes

Jane Birkin 

Vintage gold tone brooch by Boucher, from Arabella Bianco

Vintage gold tone textured flower bracelet, from Arabella Bianco

1960s Gold accessories

1960s Gold accessories


All items posted are for sale. If you have any queries please leave a comment or visit us at Grays in Mayfair, London Alternatively you can call us on 020 7409 0400 or email info@vintagemodes.co.uk

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Afternoon Tea Week: The Tea Dress

The origins of the Tea Dress are linked to the fashion of Afternoon Tea - a tradition believed to have been started by Anna Maria Stanhope, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in 1841. It began with Stanhope's daily ritual of tea and a light snack to fill the gap between lunch and dinner. She would invite friends to join her, thus creating a new social event that became an important part of British society, still enjoyed today.

When Anna’s habit became public knowledge, the craze of taking Afternoon Tea spread like wildfire throughout the upper classes. Ladies across the land would dress up in their finery and visit each other’s houses to have a gossip over tea. Books at the time contained entire chapters devoted to the proper etiquette of Afternoon Tea. The Tea Dress started life as a garment made solely for informal entertaining within the home - not worn with corsets, they were a form of liberation for the women of the time, showing the beginnings of a slightly more relaxed style of women’s clothing.

Below are a few examples of dresses from June Victor at Vintage Modes that would look splendid at an Afternoon Tea event.

1970s Bellville Sassoon dress

Crepe navy print dress

Peter Robinson 1970s dress

1940s brown polka dot dress

1940s cotton dress



All items posted are for sale. If you have any queries please leave a comment or visit us at Grays in Mayfair, London Alternatively you can call us on 020 7409 0400 or email info@vintagemodes.co.uk

Monday, 8 August 2016

Recent Press

DAZED
Summer 2016

A pair of earring from Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery is featured in a photshoot.




Red 
September 2016

Brooches from Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery are featured in a photoshoot.




All items posted are for sale. If you have any queries please leave a comment or visit us at Grays in Mayfair, London Alternatively you can call us on 020 7409 0400 or email info@vintagemodes.co.uk

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

DAZED DIGITAL

 Vintage gloves and earring from Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery is featured in a photoshoot.



All items posted are for sale. If you have any queries please leave a comment or visit us at Grays in Mayfair, London Alternatively you can call us on 020 7409 0400 or email info@vintagemodes.co.uk

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

How to Wear...

Jewellery is a very personal thing and can also be a reflection of your style. There is nothing that brings a smile to our face like a pretty ring, a jangly necklace, or some sparkly earrings. When it comes to vintage costume jewellery some people struggle to coordinate pieces with their outfits. Colourful bakelite beads or 80s chandelier earrings could be just the thing to make an ordinary outfit outstanding.

To illustrate how to best use vintage jewellery to your fashion advantage, we had a look around Arabella Bianco's stand and found similar examples of pieces worn by celebrities. 

Statement jewellery, worn by Chloe Sevigny

1970s gold tone ovalesque necklace by Avon


Flower brooch, worn by Chloe Sevigny

Vintage flower brooch by Joan Rivers with blue and green aurora borealis swarovski crystals


Floral brooch worn by Cate Blanchett


Vintage sterling flower brooch by Bond Boyd


Gold tone necklace, worn by Cate Blanchett

Vintage Trifari necklace

Large geometric earrings, worn by Sienna Miller

Vintage Modernist clip-on earrings by San Francisco jeweller Marjorie Baer


All items posted are for sale. If you have any queries please leave a comment or visit us at Grays in Mayfair, London Alternatively you can call us on 020 7409 0400 or email info@vintagemodes.co.uk

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Culture Whisper

Thank you Culture Whisper for including us in the "best high-end vintage shops London has to offer".

Culture Whisper was launched in January 2014 by a small team of London insiders on a mission to streamline and share their knowledge about the capital’s culture. Since then, they've grown into a buzzing hub of over 50, made up of a dedicated editorial, marketing, design and development team.



Tuesday, 12 July 2016

A focus on... 1950s Costume Jewellery

As life began to return to normal after World War II, designs and styles changed in the 1950s, which brought an influx of striking designs and innovative materials. Women wanted to spoil and treat themselves after the austerity and gloom. In Great Britain, most of the fashions and trends were influenced by the Festival of Britain which took place in 1951, which was held to boost people's morale after World War II.

War time restrictions were lifted and once again diamante was integrated back into costume jewellery, along with various base metals. Jewellery designers such as Christian Dior and Miriam Haskell responded with big statement pieces embellished with fabulous large rhinestones, which they integrated into brooches, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

The 1950s were all about faux pearls, gold tone and lots of sparkle! Here's a dazzling selection of glamorous 1950s costume jewellery available at Vintage Modes


Faux pearl and Aurora Borealis clip on earrings, offered by Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery
Gold tone and rhinestone clip on earrings, offered by Unicorn

Blue glass and diamante brooch, offered by Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery

Gold tone & rhinestone lattice bracelet, offered by Unicorn
Vintage gold tone, pearl and diamante collar, offered by Arabella Bianco

Vintage diamante drop cocktail earrings, offered by Arabella Bianco

Vintage gold plated sunburst brooch, offered by Arabella Bianco

All items posted are for sale. If you have any queries please leave a comment or visit us at Grays in Mayfair, London Alternatively you can call us on 020 7409 0400 or email info@vintagemodes.co.uk

Thursday, 7 July 2016

The Telegraph

Vintage Modes is included in The Telegraph's 50 Best Vintage Fashion Boutiques!




All items posted are for sale. If you have any queries please leave a comment or visit us at Grays in Mayfair, London Alternatively you can call us on 020 7409 0400 or email info@vintagemodes.co.uk

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

July's Birthstone: Ruby

The height of summer brings precious ruby to the fore; it is among the most highly prized of gemstones. Red is the colour of the ruby -  Yves Saint Laurent called red the ‘colour of love, battle, death, and warmth’. It is a stone of nobility, known to protect wearers from evils in the world.

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.


You may not find this precious stone in Vintage Modes, but you will most certainly find an abundance of vibrant faux ruby costume jewellery! Below is a small example of the stunning pieces on offer at the moment..

Vintage gold plated ruby red rhinestone bracelet by Trifari, from Arabella Bianco

Art Deco glass necklace, from Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery

Glass & gilt flower brooch, from Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery

Gilt and glass flower brooch, from Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery

Modernist ring, from Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery

Glass and diamante, 1960s clip on earrings, from Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery

Ruby red and aurora borealis necklace by Lilien Czech, from Arabella Bianco

Vintage ruby red glass and pale gold tone cufflinks, from Arabella Bianco


All items posted are for sale. If you have any queries please leave a comment or visit us at Grays in Mayfair, London Alternatively you can call us on 020 7409 0400 or email info@vintagemodes.co.uk

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