New Autumn/Winter Trends: Fabulous Fashion Weeks

As London, Paris, New York and Milan wrap up their bi-annual fashion weeks for the start of the Autumn/Winter season, fabulous looks at the current trends inspired by the world’s capitals of style…

Trend 1: Sheer Elegance
Sexy sheer fabrics are here to stay. A big hit in the fashion world this summer – the trend of flirty sheer, see-through fabrics are a key item for Autumn/Winter 2011. Mixing sheer with lace creates a romantic look. Many looks on the catwalk this year were sultry and revealing, but for something a bit more subtle try layering a sheer top over a solid, or go for a garment with smaller sheer sections in it. Sheer shirts, such as these New Look shirts, are the ultimate accessory for layering over outfits this season.

Wear With: Tresor Paris
Shamballa bracelets from Tresor Paris are the ultimate fashion accessories this season. The range of monochrome and colour designs let you add even more glamour to your sheer outfit. Many celebrities from The Saturdays to Emma Watson have been spotted wearing these luxurious creations!

Trend 2: Nostalgia
A must-have for your wardrobe this season is British Heritage designs and fabrics. Plaid, Tweed and Tartan can be found on anything from dresses to capes! Wax jackets and boots are practical as well as fabulously stylish. ASOS have a fantastic range making the most of this exciting trend.

Wear With: The Branch
The elegant wooden jewellery from The Branch will go fantastically with the browns and greens of the Nostalgia trend. Add a quirky element to this trend with The Branch’s Rosewood earrings and bangles.

Trend 3: Gem tones and Gemstones!
Gemstone hues of Amethyst, Emerald and Ruby are perfect for evening wear this season. For a stylish and sophisticated look, the best way to wear these glamorous tones is in contrast with black. Topshop have a simply gorgeous range of velvet leggings that are right on trend!

Wear with: Missoma
Missoma’s designs are bold and contemporary and the absolute epitome of style. The creations are inspired by the designers’ travels to Mexico, India, Morocco and Thailand where they hand-source their gemstones. Match gemstones with gem tones for the ultimate look.

Trend 4: Tomboy
It’s all about button-up shirts and tailored trousers for the boy-girl look this season. Tailored and unisex outfits are top of the fashion world right now. Ankle grazing trousers and straight up and down blazers create a smart but stylish look. Wear with briefcases and brogues. Explore this look at both ASOS and Topshop.

Wear With: Good Work(s) Make A Difference
To add the perfect accessory to your tomboy outfit layer up stylish leather bracelets from Good Work(s). These bracelets have a range of inspirational messages, with studs and crystals in a range of colours. The ‘Good Work(s)’ company also donate 25% of their net profits to good causes. Here in the UK they support charities that offer shelter for families and children affected by domestic violence.

Trend 5: Jumpers, Jumpers, Jumpers!
Comfy and fashionable – large knitted jumpers are a necessity this Autumn/Winter season! Bright colours and loud patterns are especially on trend. Roll necks also look great teamed with pinafore and skater dresses. See Dorothy Perkins’ range of knitwear for ideas.

Wear With: Azuni
Layer this look with long girly necklaces and bracelets from Azuni to create a textured, eclectic and personalised style.

Trend 6: Vivid Trousers
Stand out from the crowd and bring colour into those grey winter days with colourful skinny jeans. The trick is to wear with a muted coloured top so all the attention is drawn to those make-a-statement trousers. See Boohoo’s range of coloured skinny jeans for ideas…

Wear With: Swatch Bijoux Colour Code Bracelets
These funky and vivid bracelets will add a quirky feel to your outfit. Wear in a contrasting colour to those brilliant trousers or create a stylish look with a matching bracelet. You might even want to try stacking these bracelets to really grab some attention!

Trend 7: Leather and Fur
Black Leather is everywhere this season: on skirts, trousers and shirts! For a rock-chick look wear with wedges or heeled boots. Fur coats are also an essential – gorgeously glamorous! See Miss Selfridges’ exciting range of Leather and Fur items here!

Wear With: Thomas Sabo
Thomas Sabo’s jewellery oozes rock glamour. Wonderful statement creations from this designer are a must-have to complete your Leather and Fur wardrobes.

Trend 8: Denim
Denim is perfect for creating a casual look or for dressing up fabulously! Jackets can be worn over cute dresses and distressed denim is always the epitome of style.

Wear With: Jackie Brazil
Create a glam and funky look with Jackie Brazil’s bold, chunky and vibrant designs.

Ladies Enjoy A Fabulous Night Out

Here’s a round up of all the goings on at our Girls’ Night Out event in Solihull!

Two weeks ago, 40 stylish Solihull ladies descended on Poplar Arcade in Touchwood for the bi-annual Girls’ Night Out event.

The evening began with a fashion show presenting the brand new Autumn/Winter collections available at fabulous by popular designers such as Lola Rose, Thomas Sabo and Pandora, as well as lesser known but super stylish British designers including Missoma and ChloBo. The fun yet chic show encompassed the key fashion stories for the new season. These included Glamazon, which incorporates bright colours and jewellery with semi-precious stones, and Winter Coats, exemplifying the on-trend styles such as fur coats and those in rich tones with chunky jewellery. As well as the catwalk show, fabulous collections owner, Jo Stroud, talked through this season’s hottest trends and the essential pieces that you shouldn’t be without for Autumn/Winter 2011.

Following the show, guests were invited to browse the collections in-store while enjoying delicious pink canapés prepared by Fenella de Minkwitz and her team at Gourmet Foods. Plus, a prize draw was held to benefit Cancer Research UK, and guests were given the chance to take home pieces kindly donated by some of fabulous’ top designers! The prizes included a Hot Rox bangle by Missoma, a pink wrap bracelet by Good Work(s) Make a Difference, a debut bracelet by Trollbeads and a Thomas Sabo necklace complete with carrier and charm.

Sinade Prosser, the store manager of fabulous in Solihull, was pleased with the success of the event and explained how “fabulous would like to thank our loyal customers for their support of our events. Girls’ Night Out is always a lot of fun and provides a great opportunity for jewellery fans to see what’s new for the forthcoming season, not only enjoying discounts during the evening, but also helping to raise money for an important cause.

The next fabulous event will be the Breast Cancer Awareness Event in association with Pandora on 27th October, during which 15% of Pandora sales will go to the charity. And don’t forget, fabulous can hold private shopping evenings, either in-store or at your home or venue. Simply contact your nearest store for details!

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The Branch – Re-Style For Autumn/Winter!

“No arm should be without a wooden bangle or two.” – Vogue

The fabulousness that is The Branch proves itself to be versatile and stunning – a collection of true investment pieces, as it can be easily translated from Spring/Summer to Autumn/Winter.

There’s no doubt that, just like everyone at fabulous, you’ve been pawing over the September issues of Vogue and Elle to make sure you’re up to date on all the big trends coming your way this season. Coloured trousers are here to stay, except for Autumn/Winter make sure you go for earthy tones such as berry or rust. These colours lend themselves accessorising with The Branch’s Rosewood and Fire Agate pieces, enhancing the rich colour palette. What’s more, as we find comfort in warm colours for Winter, it’s your choice whether to colour block or go for tonal accents in your outfit. Clash The Branch’s Green Aventurine earrings with a Cornelian cuff, or go for a mix of Onyx pieces to add style to your reliable Winter work wardrobe.

Chunky and sturdy jewellery is always the go-to style for Autumn/Winter so that the pieces stand out against our bundled up silhouettes and The Branch has just the answer – the studded cuffs and hefty cocktail rings will mean you feel dressed up even when you’re in your overcoat and riding boots!

That’s what’s perfect about The Branch jewellery; it can help to accessorise any outfit and can be re-styled with minimum effort. This is especially true if you’re working the glamorous 70s look this season: The Branch jewellery will look effortlessly stylish with your flared jeans at the weekend or your midi skirt and pussy bow blouse in the office.

So get a little bit closer to nature this season with The Branch’s jewellery collection. You won’t regret it! We guarantee that whichever piece you go for, it will be a wardrobe staple.

Shop The Branch at fabulous here »

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fabulous Introduces Tresor Paris!

Rock and Roll glamour meets elegance. Popular with well-known celebrities, Tresor Paris’ creations are unique, stylish and simple… mixed with a touch of boho.

Tresor Paris Grey Crystal with Magnetite Shamballa BraceletTresor Paris is located in the world-famous Hatton Gardens –London’s Jewellery Quarter. Designs by Tresor Paris are highly sought-after by celebrities, having been  spotted on the arms of Justin Bieber, Emma Watson, Gerard Butler, Craig David, Ronan Keating, The Saturdays, Didier Drogba, Nicole Scherzinger and many more!

Tresor Paris is the brand that bridges the gap between Diamonds and luxury fashion jewellery. Maurice Lousky and Sam Hasbani are the creators of these original and contemporary pieces. Inspiration is taken from Maurice’s childhood in Paris where he worked in his family’s Diamond business. The essence of the capital of world fashion and style is clearly shown in  Tresor Paris’s jewellery. With emphasis on high quality, Tresor Paris appeals to everyone, whatever their age. The collection is equally suitable for wearing during the day as with a glamorous evening dress.

Happily, monochrome is never out of fashion. This season shades of black, white and grey have taken over the catwalks! Tresor Paris have a selection of monochrome Magnetite and Crystal bracelets – so on trend this Autumn. Other bracelets in colours such as blues and pinks are absolutely fabulous. The hand finished jewellery is made from sparkling spheres in a range of precious and semi-precious materials in original and innovative designs.

Do be aware of frauds: There have been a number of cases recently of fradulent websites using the Tresor Paris Brand Name. To check that the site you are buying from is a listed stockist, just visit: http://www.tresorparis.com/stockist

Fabulous are now selling Tresor Paris Jewellery in store at Solihull or online!

Emma Watson wearing Tresor ParisJustin Bieber wearing Tresor ParisJLS wearing Tresor ParisThe Saturdays wearing Tresor Paris

Look Forward to Next Summer Already!

Following her visit to International Jewellery London 2011 yesterday, Zoe from the Solihull store discovers the Next Big Thing

Yesterday was my first ever visit to a jewellery trade fair and I was overwhelmed by the varying designers and styles that were represented there. It was a great opportunity to view next season’s collections – and definitely had me wishing we were back in May, about to embark on Summer rather than battling the rain and wind at the beginning of September!

What really stood out to me as a key jewellery trend for Spring/Summer 2012 was 3D pendants, especially in spherical orb style shapes. They appeared in all different shapes and sizes – from statement and bulky to delicate and miniature. I was particularly intrigued by Sphere of Life Jewellery, whose pendants came in a mix of Sterling Silver and 18-carat yellow Gold plated Silver – another big trend that will stay with us across seasons – and depict all sorts of different meanings and symbols. The designs include “Lovebirds”, which incorporates a cage effect orb with two birds perched inside, and “My Missing Piece” – a sphere with a jigsaw pattern engraved on it. Also, one pendant called “Curly” has a swirly pattern – my personal favourite as I have curly hair! Sphere of Love has been created as the perfect gift: the packaging has been very well thought out and each piece comes with a meaning card. It was all so lovely I’m not sure I could wait to be bought one as a gift!

As I mentioned, the mix of Silver and yellow Gold is retaining its appeal for the foreseeable future, but what I did notice as a popular new style was the use of matte/brushed Silver as well as oxidised Silver, which has a dark grey or pewter kind of colour. At Alexis Dove, I learnt how they were using Ruthenium as a vermeil plating on Sterling Silver, to create a gothic yet classic look for their delicate flower designs. Overall I really like the mix of the metals, because not only does it add a very modern and stylish edge to a lot of pieces, while the price of Gold is so high, the mix makes such luxe looking items affordable.

The one other theme I saw popping up was stacking rings incorporating brightly coloured semi-precious stones. Much like Missoma‘s new collection, the use of faceted stones in yellow Gold plated settings looks amazing and were in evidence at Spinning – who introduced their new Birthstone rings – and also Lola Rose, and it seems the bigger the better was the mantra of designers for next season. The chunkier and more sculptural the pieces, the more beautiful they look – especially when you wear multiples at once!

Finally, the piece that really stood out to me was the Story bracelet. As I am infamous at fabulous for much preferring to wear yellow Gold coloured jewellery rather than Silver, I was thrilled to see the wide choice of 18-carat Gold plated charms available to fit onto these super stylish Leather wrap bracelets! Most of the charms are the hanging style, but some are flat and look like beautiful cocktail ring stones! As with all charm bracelets, the overall look created is totally personal, but I would definitely make mine a vision of sparkle! What’s more – we may be stocking Story in the very near future, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a bracelet of my own!

New Thomas Sabo Charms – Autumn/Winter 2011!

As Thomas Sabo’s anticipated Autumn/Winter 2011 charms launch in-stores and online, Michelle from Leamington gives us her take on the new collection!

New Thomas Sabo Autumn/Winter 2011 Charm Club Collection

I love Elegance

This season Thomas Sabo has introduced 46 new exciting designs! The range of elegant charms has beautiful black and white contrasts and on-trend colour accents in red. Freshwater Pearls are featured to add a sensational shimmer to any outfit!

Pearls for Girls

Small, cultivated Freshwater Pearls adorn many of this season’s charms, whether it be polar bears, the Eiffel tower or heels and flowers. The new Thomas Sabo charm bracelets also feature pearls for that oh-so-chic look!

Nature Loves Elegance Too

Elegance in nature is the inspiration behind many of Thomas Sabo’s new creations. From acorns to feathers, nature is the theme to be wearing this season!  Bring the summer to your outfit all year round with stunning a Sterling Silver shell charm or bring a cool glamour with an iconic Sabo flower charm.

Fall in Love in Fall

Autumn is the time of romantic strolls in the park, or to be curled up in front of the fire with your loved one. The new collection celebrates this with cute heart charms and cupids. The perfect gift for that special person in your life!

Ice Princess

Winter Wonderland is this season’s fairy-tale theme! Sparkling snow clouds and cute Eskimos are the perfect charms to add to your collection.

Be a sparkling diamond!

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend and the new collection definitely makes this true! Diamond sparkle in many of the new charms this season, which are bound to bring out a radiant smile on any one who receives one!

Fabulous Favourites – I’ve chosen my top three favourite new charms from this season’s collection!

Acorn Charm

Thomas Sabo brings up to the minute fashion to you, straight from the catwalk! This stunning Sterling Silver charm is a delicate oak leaf and acorn. The acorn is the inspiration behind many beautiful jewellery designs including the earrings Kate Middleton wore at the Royal Wedding!

Red Enamel Heart Charm

Thomas Sabo’s designs are renowned for their boldness and elegance, and this charm is no exception. This cute Sterling Silver heart in red Enamel is exactly on trend this season. A small heart can express big feelings and is the perfect gift for someone special.

Polar  Bear and Pearl Charm

This beautiful Sterling Silver charm is the cutest polar bear perched on top of an elegant Freshwater Pearl. The creation has delicate black and white Enamel detail. This charm will look stunning on its own or with other charms from the collection. Irresitable!

September Birthstone – Stylish Sapphire!

A maiden born when September leaves
Are rustling in September’s breeze,
A sapphire on her brow should bind
`Twill cure diseases of the mind.

-September Birthstone Poem

All about Sapphire

The September birthstone, Sapphire, is chemically and structurally the same as Ruby. Sapphires are well known as being bright sky blue, but can be nearly any colour except shades of red (since those are called rubies). Sapphires are associated with the values of truth, sincerity, commitment, and loyalty. Sapphires are extremely durable and only Diamonds are harder. Artificial Sapphire crystals are used as the crystal face in Rolex watches, which are extremely scratch resistant.

Did you know?

• Ancient civilizations believed that the world was set upon an enormous Sapphire, which painted the sky blue with its reflection.

• In ancient times, Sapphires were thought to be protective against poison. A common belief was that a venomous snake placed in a Sapphire vessel would die! Ground to a powder, the gemstone was believed to cure colic, rheumatism and mental illness, and to strengthen eyesight.

• It was also thought that star Sapphires were a powerful talisman that would protect travellers.

• The gemstone is prominent among the British Crown Jewels, and Prince Charles chose this as the engagement stone for his fiancée, Princess Diana.

Gift Ideas

The Sapphire represents prosperity and nobility. It is the perfect gift for someone who is about to undergo a change in their life – from marriage to a new job! It is also the gemstone for the 5th, 23rd and 45th wedding anniversaries. A star Sapphire is typically given on the 65th wedding anniversary. See our fabulous range of sapphire jewellery here.

How to care for your Sapphire Jewellery

  • Sapphires should be cleaned regularly to keep them bright. The quality of the sparkle is determined by the refraction of light through the transparent gem’s facets.
  • Remove your Sapphire jewellery before carrying out household cleaning or gardening chores.
  • Take care not to expose the jewellery to chlorine bleach as this can damage the setting.
  • Sudden changes in temperature could also cause the stone to crack.
  • Sapphires can be cleaned at home with a soft cloth and warm water with dish detergent. For deeper cleaning, soak the piece of jewellery in a dish detergent and warm water solution for 10 to 20 minutes, then scrub gently but firmly with a soft brush. Dry carefully with a soft cloth.
  • Because of the hardness of Sapphires, it’s important to protect other gems from being scratched by the stones. Store your Sapphire jewellery in a soft pouch or cloth.

You can read more about Sapphires at Wikipedia!

September’s Zodiac Sign: Virgo, August 23rd -
September 22nd

Virgoans are modest, reserved and practical. They are hard workers and known for their attention to detail! With a strong feminine side those born under this sign are both wise and compassionate.

Happy Birthday to everyone born in September!