Fabulous’ first visit to Baselworld

Jo and Sinade visited Basel at the weekend to see The World Watch and Jewellery Show! Sinade tells us about their time there.

Myself and Jo were inspired and excited about what Europe and the rest of the world had to offer during our first ever trip to Europe’s biggest Watch and Jewellery show, Baselworld.

After a very efficient train and tram journey to the exhibition hall (where we even spotted a Rhino), we arrived at the exhibition hall on Friday morning. We swiftly entered the main hall and were overwhelmed with the sheer size of this show. The hall was full of world famous Swiss watch brands such as Rolex, Tag Heuer and Raymond Weil with stands that transformed the hall into a high end shopping destination -Breitling even had a fish tank!

We spent the first day exploring everything the 6 halls of jewellery and watches had to offer.  If felt like a cave of wonders, with everything from highly embellished animal rings to show stopping pearl designs. During our exploration we found a new French brand, GL, who have a stunning array of designs in gold and silver. The delicate, cut out designs in the rich shade of yellow gold were fabulously chic and screamed high summer in Marrakech. We’d love to see this brand at fabulous this summer!

The scale of the show was nothing like we’d attended before and it was the perfect setting to see some of our existing brands as the global successes that they are.

Swarovski was particularly amazing with a stand that sparkled. They had a stunning exhibition of all the aspects and history of the world renowned Swarovski brand, from their amazing catwalk pieces to the gemstones they cut and the newest additions to their popular collection. This was also the first opportunity we had to see the complete collection of watches that Swarovski design and these will arrive in our Bath store and online shortly! Each design we’ve picked exudes glamour and sophistication and of course a lot of Swarovski sparkle!

Swatch had its own ‘Planet Swatch’ exhibition that showcased every Swatch design from the past 30 years. It was wonderful to see such a vast display of their designs and a nice surprise to see how so many of their retro and quirky designs are still best sellers today.

We caught up with Calvin Klein and Kenneth Cole and had the chance to sneak a peak at their Autumn/Winter collections and their new advertising images. Both have released stunning designs and striking advertising campaigns, with gorgeous new models. There were so many designs myself and Jo didn’t want to put down, so we know they will be on everyone’s wish lists for Christmas 2013!

We finished our trip on Saturday night with an event hosted by Ice-Watch. We caught up with some familiar faces from the UK and were given a tour of some of the new designs that will hit fabulous stores this summer, whilst enjoying pink Moet Champagne and some Ice-Watch themed canapés in all the iconic Ice colours. We are particularly excited about the love, the pantone and party designs.

Fabulous knows the importance of finding exciting new products for our customers and Baselworld was a great opportunity to find something unique.

Watch this space for more exciting developments that we spotted in Basel, from must-have new designs from Lulu Guinness, to a couple more brands that are on the fabulous wish list!

Sinade x

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Kenneth Cole A/W 2013

 

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Sparkling Diamonfire

 

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Sinade with super size Swatch

Go vintage with FOSSIL!

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Fossil has now joined our ever-growing collection of designer watches. We love Fossil’s vintage and authentic style with a combination of precious metals with leather straps and chronograph detailing. Founded in 1984, this American brand combines a creative spirit and sense of humour to produce stylish designs for men and women. So choose your favourite, add to your watch wardrobe and be right on trend this season! As they say, Long Live Vintage!

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fabulous at Bath in Fashion 2013

We showed fashionistas what we have to offer them during Bath in Fashion Week 2013. With events going on all around the City we love getting involved every year, and this year we went big!

Bath in Fashion Week got off to a great start for fabulous, we served Bubbly and canapé’s in store and watched the flash mob’s in Southgate Square, there was so much going on.

roland-mouretOn Monday Jo was honoured to be invited to hear visionary designer Roland Mouret being interviewed by Susannah Frankel of Grazia. From the front row Jo heard all about Roland’s inspiration and design process. Roland Mouret curated the Norman Parkinson exhibition which we went to see that night. Roland Mouret loved the moment of privacy captured between Parkinson and his models, and it is this intimacy Roland hopes to achieve with his designs. Jo loved the idea that his designs were created for real women, not just models and designed to give freedom of movement – which led perfectly to the ‘Exhibition of Mouvements De Femmes’ by Norman Parkinson, which we went to see that evening. Champagne flowed and the photographs were exquisite, a pretty fabulous Monday all round!

Thursday was a busy day for us at fabulous, with an event and catwalk to organise and party to attend (I know, poor us!).
elinor-jo-lynFrom 12.30pm, Jo Stroud of fabulous and Lyn Bromley of First Impressions hosted a Styling lunch at Hall & Woodhouse (the first of many – watch this space). We were delighted to welcome over 40 guests to the fabulous lunch and loved talking through this seasons jewellery trends. Lyn gave an insightful talk on styling, wardrobe personalities and how to pick colours, shapes and scales of jewellery to suit you. We also enjoyed a two course lunch with wine, which gave us plenty of time to chat to our fabulous clients and provide one on one advice.

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Cut to Thursday evening and we’re at the Assembly rooms getting ready for two catwalk shows featuring fabulous alongside other great brands such as French Connection, Reiss, Phase Eight and Lk Bennett. Once all the preparation was done, we settled down on the front row and joined 600 other guests to watch our Nikki Lissoni, Swarovski and Thomas Sabo jewellery sashes down the catwalk.

We had a great view of the catwalk and were sat just across from Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing! Jaime’s Famous Candy Kitten Store was also showcased on the catwalk with fabulous.jamie-mic

We just had time to pop along to the Ted Baker store for catwalks and cocktails from the amazing team at Circo (a fabulous favourite of ours in Bath) we loved the Summer range from Ted Baker and enjoyed more shopping at the beautiful store.

We ended the week with more bubbly and canapés in store. A huge thanks to everyone who helped out, modelled and came along to beautiful Bath to make it a truly fabulous week, we can’t wait to do it all again next Spring!

Festival Fashion 2013: Coachella

It’s the first big festival of the season and always one to attract a host of beautiful, tanned celebrities. Coachella showcases the trends of the coming festival season, as well as great inspiration for holiday accesorries!

Since Sienna Miller, festival fashion was all about the boho look; earthy tones, natural fabrics, 70’s influence and slouchy boots – but jet off to Cali in 2013 and it’s clear there’s a new look in town. With hints of neon and stacks of jewellery, the 90’s is back, folk is out and dance is in!

We love the ‘energy and colour’ trend (you’ll already be familiar with it if you came to one of our Girls’ Night Out evenings) it’s fresh, fun and fabulous! We have lots of brands that incorporate this bold look…

Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio rocking the energy and colour trend

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1. Good Works bracelets http://www.fabulouscollections.co.uk/Designers/Good-Works/Jewellery/Bracelets/default.aspx
2. ChloBo tassel pendant http://www.fabulouscollections.co.uk/Designers/ChloBo/Jewellery/Silver-Tassel-Pendant.aspx
3. BCBG Rose Gold watch http://www.fabulouscollections.co.uk/Designers/Bcbgmaxazria/Watches/Ladies-Rose-Gold-Chronograph-Watch.aspx
4. Daisy bangle http://www.fabulouscollections.co.uk/Designers/Daisy/Jewellery/Gold-Throat-Chakra-Bangle.aspx
5. ChloBo After Dark bracelet http://www.fabulouscollections.co.uk/Designers/ChloBo/Jewellery/Pyrite-Inset-Skull.aspx

UK Jewellery Awards – FINALISTS!

The UKJA party was hosted at London’s slick Groucho Club sponsored by the sparkly and fabulous Tresor Paris! We’re absolutely delighted to be selected as finalists in two categories, Retail Star of the Year, sponsored by Jolyon Marshall and Marketing Campaign of the Year, sponsored by CMJ Media.

The winners of the UK Jewellery Awards will be announced on July 4th at a gala dinner, which Jo (Stroud, fabulous owner), Sinade Prosser (Nominee for Retail Star award and manager of fabulous Solihull) and Becky Johnson ( Manager of Pandora Bath and fabulous Bath) will be attending at the Natural History Museum on behalf of team fabulous.
Time to dust of those red carpet dresses ladies! We can’t wait for the awards, and want to say a huge congratulations to team fabulous, as well as all of the other retailers and designers shortlisted. Also, a massive thank you to all of the fabulous well wishers on both Facebook and twitter.

Retail Star, Sinade from our Solihull store

Retail Star, Sinade from our Solihull store

Retail Star of the Year, sponsored by Jolyon Marshall
Sinade Prosser, Fabulous

Pandora Tree of Life Campaign

Pandora Tree of Life Campaign

Marketing Campaign of the Year, sponsored by CMJ Media
Pandora Bath store launch – Tree of Life Start Your Own Story

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UKJA Finalist

Keep up to date with news on the Retail Jewellery awards by following #UKJA, @JewelleryAwards and @FabCollection

CHAVIN…a jewellery brand with a conscience

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Everything about Chavin’s collection of jewellery is vibrant, from its colourful Caring Bracelets to the multi coloured (and eco- friendly) packaging, making this collection perfect for the summer!

Each piece of jewellery is available in sterling silver or rose gold with designs inspired by the rich mythology and culture of Peru. The beautiful Jaguar collection has taken the silhouette jaguar head logo of the brand and fashioned it into feminine and quirky designs with unique earring and necklace sets, whilst the Heart collection brings a touch of romance with simple silhouette hearts as well as delicate filigree pendants. But our favourite of the moment has to be the friendship bracelets! Whether worn solo or stacked up on the wrist, Chavin’s brightly coloured Caring Bracelets are the perfect way to add a splash of colour and festival chic to your outfit. Each colour is named after a Peruvian mother who directly benefits from the sale of each bracelet.

Chavin has partnered with the international charity SOS Children who provide support for orphans and vulnerable children. By supporting the family strengthening programme in Northern Lima, Chavin are helping mothers and their families torn apart by poverty. So do your bit for charity whilst looking fabulous with Chavin’s collection of Caring Bracelets!

Chavin Caring Bracelet Stack!

Meet the Peruvian mothers Chavin support and hear their stories…

JULIA is a mother of three who takes a leading roll at the Luz Y Vida family strengthening programme and has been an active participant since its start in 2006. She learned her skills to make jewellery using plastic pearls and metal filaments and now sells it to secure a small additional income for her family.

VICTORIA is a single mother with two beautiful twins, Avril and Becquer, 4 years old. Victoria’s participation in the SOS Children programme has given her the ability and confidence to earn money through the sale of winter clothing.

MARGARITA is a SOS Mother who has been a pioneer in pursuing and strengthening the affectionate bond between the children and their families of origin. She has encouraged the importance of education and the overcoming of difficulties through life in every child she took care of.

OTILIA is a mother of two who has been in the family strengthening programme for two years. She has been actively involved in the program and has learned how to run a small fruit business which secures a steady income for her family.

CYNTHIA is a mother of five who currently attends one of SOS Children’s programmes. Cynthia works with the children of the program within the development workshops. 

VALERIA is an SOS Mother who is very committed to the development of the children and adolescents who receive her love, confidence and support that will help them to overcome their difficulties and bad memories and achieve a brighter future. 

DIANA is a single mother with a two year old girl who attends one of the SOS Children’s child minding programmes. This gives Diana the ability to make a living crafting and selling hand-made jewellery, a skill she learned at the workshops within the SOS Children programme. 

ELIZABETH is a mother of three children under the age of two who teaches other mothers the skills to create commercial costume jewellery in the jewellery workshops in the SOS Children Community Home. 

The Chavin collection is available online and in our Bath store. Read our Chavin interview for more information about the brand and their work with SOS Children here.

Spring/Summer Favourite – RADLEY

We absolutely love our collection of watches from the wonderfully quirky British designer, Radley. The attention to detail in each design is truly impressive, from the stitching on the straps to the choice of colours and patterns Radley watches NEW grp imgincorporating the lovable Scottie dog in designs that will make you smile! So here’s a pick of our favourite Radley watches ideal for your SS’13 watch wardrobe!

RY2103 Cream leather with Pink Print
Delicate and feminine designs in pastel shades are a massive trend this Spring and this cream leather watch with a pretty pink floral design embodies this trend perfectly.

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RY2108 White leather with Paisley Print
This colourful design on white leather is a simple and subtle way to add a splash of colour to outfit.

RY2112 Cream leather with a dog in a teacup design
This Cream Leather watch in beautiful pastel shades features a Scottie dog in a teacup at the centre of the dial – it is just too cute!

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RY2119 White Leather with large digits
This fun design embodies Radley’s quirkiness with large colourful numbers on the dial which will go with every outfit in white leather.

RY4132 Rose Gold with Crystal Bezel
Sparkly & glamorous! Wear this season’s Gold Rush trend with this beautiful design in rose gold that is sure to sparkle in the sunshine with its crystal bezel. 

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Lauren Pope visits Fabulous!

Owner, Jo Stroud, tells us about the recent Lauren Pope visit to Fabulous Bath.

Lauren Pope with Jo Stroud and Becky Johnson

Lauren Pope with Jo Stroud and Becky Johnson

We were delighted on Saturday to have Lauren Pope, one of the stars of reality tv show, ‘The Only Way is Essex’, come to do a personal appearance for us at Fabulous in Bath. 

Lauren has recently become the face of new Dutch jewellery brand, Nikki Lissoni – an exciting new collection of composeable necklaces with interchangeable ‘coins’ which allow you to create numerous different looks in Silver, Yellow Gold and Rose Gold.

 It was the first time most of us had met Lauren, and we were extremely impressed by her professionalism and hard work on the day, as well as her warm personality. 

Long before she started appearing on TOWIE, Lauren was a highly successful businesswoman in her own right, having established a very successful hair extension business (Hair Rehab London – www.hairrehablondon.com ) backed by Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Peter Jones. She has now bought Peter out of the business, due to its success. Having started her career as a glamour model, loved by all the lads mags, Lauren is also a talented DJ, with bookings all over the world.

Far from being simply a tv personality, we all found Lauren to be warm and engaging, with plenty of time and friendly words for everyone who wanted to meet her, and her enthusiasm never flagging as over 250 people lined up to meet her over several hours.

She is a great ambassador for the Nikki Lissoni brand, as she loves the collection, and owns several pieces. With her gorgeous looks, Lauren would make any brand look glamorous, but the Nikki Lissoni collection looks great on everyone, the sheer choice in terms of necklace length, size, colour of metal, and designs of coin making it the perfect must-have fashion collection.

Come and see the new Nikki Lissoni collection in your local Fabulous store, or on-line. And look out for Lauren’s next appearance for us in our Solihull store – coming soon!

Jo xx

Shine Bright Like a Diamond!

Dismiss the cold – it’s time to embrace the month of colour, prints and feminine Spring style! No more winter boots and layers upon layers of wool, it’s all about your fair weather wardrobe, bracelet stacks & statement rings!

This is the month of the diamond, the official birthstone for April & the sparkling jewel named from the Greek word ‘invincible’. The diamond is believed to stand for inner strength, clarity and determination and has long been the symbol for eternal love (oh how we love a summer wedding!) So shine bright like a diamond (yes, Rihanna is stuck in our heads now too, sorry) and treat yourself or those April babies to one of these beautiful designs..

 Sweet Diamonds
As precious as the women wearing them, the Thomas Sabo Sweet Diamond designs feature elegant motifs embellished with a genuine diamond in each piece and a real hint of gold, combing a fashion statement with quality materials.

Diamonfire
Inspired by Diamonds, Diamonfire present a unique blend of glamour and sophistication in a premium jewellery range without the elevated price tag that comes with real diamonds (but so beautiful, you wouldn’t know the difference!)

Hot Diamonds
A collection of romantic Sterling Silver pieces that are each set with brilliant-cut Diamonds. This British brand has made diamond jewellery affordable without compromising beautiful design. 

Birthstones
Add to your collections with Nomination’s Moonstone, Thomas Sabo’s clear Cubic Zirconia charms and pendants or Spinning Jewellery or Pandora ring & earring sets to symbolise a birthday with designs that will sparkle in the sunshine!

It’s getting hot in here!
Well, hopefully. Heat wave or not, its time to look forward to summertime fun! No matter your event, holiday destination or choice of festival, your accessories can transform any outfit!

Keep it girly!
There are so many delicate and feminine lines out at the moment, in beautiful pastel shades and art deco styling. Add a splash of elegance to your party dress with delicate pearls, or team your floral prints with a Rose Gold Watch or a statement Cuff and Ring in light blues and greens.

Think sunny Rio!
Add texture to your outfit and wear the Tropical Paradise trend. With natural colours, splashes of exotic Turquoise and animal print, this look is perfect for festivals! Layer up large pendants and team with bold patterns for a hippie vibe! 

Beach Ready!
For the lucky travellers, keep it simple and accessorise your beach wear with stackable rings, a cute anklet or a Daisy chakra

Block colours
Monochrome is back and is the perfect look whether you are in the office or on a night out. Go for it with a bold black and white print, or keep it simple with a black blazer, monochrome clutch and a white statement Watch. If your day is in need of some colour, then don’t be afraid to be bold! Wear bright colours with bright accessories together and bring out the sunshine! 

Check out our trends page online or our Spring Summer Pinterest board for more inspiration!

We also have lots of events coming up (TOWIE’s Lauren Pope is in Bath tomorrow!!) so stay updated on our events page.