Which Fashion Week City do you Belong in?

This week we’ve been hosting our bi-annual Girls’ Night Out events in Bath, Solihull and Leamington Spa. Twice a year we showcase the latest trends in fashion and jewellery with a fashion show, guests sip bubbly, enjoy canapés and have the opportunity to see the new collections before anyone else, there’s also a raffle with amazing prizes and special offers on the night.

This year our theme was fashion week, showcasingfour distinct looks associated with Paris, Milan, London and New York. Take our quiz below to see which city you belong in. Take a note of your answers to see if you’re mostly A, B, C, or D…

1. Where is your favourite place to shop?

a) Vintage markets are heaven to me, rummaging through piles of beautiful clothes

b) I like high-end brands, so I’ll usually head to a designer shopping centre

c) I always seek out unusual boutiques featuring up and coming designers

d) I’ll spend all day looking for something absolutely perfect, so I’ll scour the entire city!

2. What is your dream date?

a) The more unusual and creative the better, somewhere I’ve never been before

 b) I’d love to be dressed up in my finest, at ‘the-place-to-be-seen’ – somewhere the A-list crowd go!

c) Something vibrant and exciting like a gig followed by cocktails and dancing

d) A romantic stroll in the park followed by a candle-lit dinner

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3. What will you live in this Autumn?

a) My leather jacket, it’s so old but I love it

b) Smart black leather boots, they go with everything and I buy a new pair every year

c) I’ll buy a new coat, bright, bold and individual

d) I love pretty scarves and have one to match every outfit

4. What’s your favourite drink?

a) Whatever the locals are drinking

b) A great vintage of a fabulous wine

c) The brightest craziest cocktail on the menu

d) Pink champagne

5. What jewellery will you be investing in this season?

a) I’ll invest in a few items that I can make my own and wear lots of different ways

b) I’m looking for something chic that will bring some glamour to my work wear

c) Something bright and different that will stand out

d) I’d like something sentimental I can wear every day, close to my heart

6. What would your ideal wedding be?

a) Something that no one would expect, it has to be different from the norm

b) I’d love to get married in a modern space with a classic white theme

c) Vegas – bright lights, crazy, fun and a party to remember

d) A small romantic setting, an idyllic church and an intimate celebration

7. Which watch would you buy?watches-aw14-quiz2

Mostly A’s – You’re PARIS, click here for an explanation of your style character and shop the trend

Mostly B’s – You’re MILAN, click here for an explanation of your style character and shop the trend

Mostly C’s –  You’re LONDON, click here for an explanation of your style character and shop the trend

Mostly D’s – You’re NEW YORK, click here for an explanation of your style character and shop the trend

 

My Fabulous Watch Wardrobe: Rhian

Name: Rhian

Position: eCommerce Manager

Store: Website (fabulous HQ)

Age: 28

Ice Watch - Child Proof!

Ice Watch – Child Proof!

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“I love hanging out with my nephews, Jake is two and a half and Isaac is an adorable three months old and they’re amazing. There is always a chance that I’m going to be splashed from a bath, or clambered on so I wear my Ice Watch. It’s bright, bold and most importantly, water proof!”

BCBG - Date Night

BCBG – Date Night

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“Jamie bought me my BCBG watch for Christmas and I don’t feel right without it now. It’s a great everyday watch. I love the masculine styling and the Black and Rose Gold chronograph, I always get complimented on it and it will always be on my wrist on date night!”

Moschino - Girls' Night Out

Moschino – Girls’ Night Out

the-girls“If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you’ll know that I’ve recently got a Moschino watch and I’m obsessed with it! It comes with a Leather strap as well as a Moschino scarf so you can mix and match – you can also add your own scarves so I have a watch that matches every outfit! It’s a real statement watch and I love popping to a vintage shop to pick out a new scarf to match my outfit for that weekend, it’s the perfect watch for drinks with the girls and will definitely be coming on holiday with me this year!”

If you’d like to win a £450 watch wardrobe of your own – head over to our website to find out how to enter this amazing competition!

‘ALL THAT GLITTERS…’ FABULOUS JEWELLERY AUTUMN / WINTER SHOW!

Our bi-annual Jewellery Show ‘Girls’ Night Out’ is nearly here, and we can’t wait! This exclusive event runs twice a year, in March and September, to showcase the best of the new season jewellery, from leading brands such as Swarovski, Pandora and Thomas Sabo, as well as new and up-and-coming designers.

This season, the theme is ‘All that Glitters’, as an array of beautiful, sparkling jewellery comes out for the Winter season. With 10 exciting collections being showcased in a number of different scenes, the show is sure to be a sell-out, so make sure you book your tickets quickly!

Jo Stroud, Managing Director, says:

“We have held Girls’ Night Out twice a year for 5 years now, and it is always one of our most popular events. With a cocktail to get the evening off to a great start, and beautiful jewellery being modelled by a mix of staff and customers, it’s a really fun event!”

It’s also the perfect event to shop for jewellery for the new season, or to look out for items for your Christmas list. There will also be a raffle in aid of Cancer Research UK.

There are 3 opportunities to attend this year:

–  fabulous Solihull hosts their event on Wednesday 12th September, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, in a fully-catered event in Touchwood Poplar Arcade.

–  fabulous Leamington hosts theirs on Thursday 13th September, 7pm to 9pm, at the Saxon Mill in Warwick.

–  fabulous Bath hosts their event in-store in their new, larger location in SouthGate, Bath on Friday 14th September, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. 

Tickets are £5 to include a cocktail and canapés, alongside our fabulous fashion show! Youngsters are also welcome with tickets also £5, and non-alcoholic drinks will be available.

To buy your ticket, either pop in store or give us a call. Tickets for this event are also available to buy on our website.

We look forward to seeing you!

Store Contacts:

Solihull – 0121 7090585   Leamington Spa – 01926 430934   Bath – 01225 330333

Links to our website:

http://bit.ly/M8yeOh – To purchase online for Solihull, Wednesday 12th September

http://bit.ly/NTzDXe – To purchase online for Leamington, Thursday 13th September

http://bit.ly/RtpCkx – To purchase online for Bath, Friday 14th September

The Next Big Thing!

It’s always important for us at fabulous to make sure we have our finger on the fashion pulse – so Laura from the Bath store updates us on what jewellery we should be wearing this season!

I recently had the chance to visit the NEC’s Jewellery Show at Spring Fair, which gave me the opportunity to look out for the Next Big Thing in jewellery!

There were a few stand out themes I spotted at the show, including the sheer amount of gold jewellery on display. After talking to the various brand managers they informed me that gold is becoming much more popular. Clogau in particular are a Welsh brand which uses elements of Welsh gold in their pieces, interestingly they are also linked to the Royal Family as Kate Middleton’s wedding band incorporates Welsh gold. This theme of royalty and ‘British-ness’ was very apparent during the show due to the upcoming jubilee and Olympics. Sphere of Life, Nomination and Pandora have all made reference to this in their new collections.

However, for me the Next Big Thing is jewellery inspired by different eras. Lola Rose for example introduced the use of bright purples, oranges and yellows in their collection which is very reminiscent of the 1960s. Also they had a lovely black cuff which was very art deco inspired! Swarovski also went for the 60s look – their new collection is called Sweet Sixties and includes big statement pieces and bold shapes. During the catwalk show the music was very 60s and the styling featured Mod-type shirts and monochrome. Jersey Pearl was another brand which used the 1920’s as inspiration, celebrating the elegant designs of a decade which saw pearls first come to the masses.

If you would like to get a closer look at jewellery through the decades then make sure you come along to the Girls’ Night Out fashion shows in March at either Leamington or Solihull!

And here’s some shots from the Catwalk Show we saw….

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Have You Got Your Tickets to the Next fabulous Event?

Come and help welcome in the new season with fabulous at one of two “Girls’ Night Out” events.

Next month fabulous will be holding its bi-annual Girls’ Night Out evening event at the Solihull and Bath stores on 14th and 16th September respectively. It will be the first Girls’ Night Out in Bath and will be held at The Cosy Club located above the fabulous store in SouthGate. Due to the success of the new venue used for the previous Girls’ Night Out in Solihull, it will again take place in Poplar Arcade, Touchwood outside the new larger store.

For those who haven’t attended one of these popular events by fabulous before, expect to see all the new collections from well-known, stylish designers as well as pieces from up and coming designers who are new to fabulous, all showcased in a fun yet chic fashion show. This September will see grown-up glam take over Girls’ Night Out with models wearing black evening dress to create drama and an elegant blank canvas to the allow the jewellery maximum impact. As well as the catwalk show, fabulous owner, Jo Stroud, talks through this season’s hottest trends and the key pieces that you shouldn’t be seen without for Autumn/Winter 2011.

This season’s shows will be a little different to before: instead of screens illustrating images from the London, Paris and New York fashion weeks, there will be mood boards reflecting the theme of each fabulous catwalk style situated around the catwalk. Guests will also be able to view the mood boards after the show, to add a fun, interactive element to the evening and let guests feel inspired by the images as they shop.

As always, there will be some designers and representatives from the amazing brands we stock, such as Chloe Moss, the founder of ChloBo, will be joining in the fun at Bath. There will also be offers available only to those attending  the evenings (to alleviate any guilty spending!), tasty canapés and drinks, and the popular raffle in aid of Cancer Research UK, which guarantees some lucky guests taking home stunning pieces by our favourite designers!

Tickets for the events can be purchased through the store where you’d like to attend the Girls’ Night Out – either in-store or over the phone. Tickets cost £5.00 each and while you will receive a receipt of payment immediately, tickets are sent via post nearer the day of the event. Children are welcome. The fashion show in Solihull will start at 7pm, and in Bath at 6.30pm.

We really hope to see you at one of the evenings… they are a lovely opportunity to get dressed up with your girlfriends and do what you love best – jewellery shopping with fabulous!

Why not visit our website for more information? Just click here.

Getting fabulous at Girls’ Night Out Solihull!

We welcomed the new season in with style at Girls’ Night Out Solihull – Zoe Ralph of fabulous Solihull tells us all about it!

This year we held our bi-annual, sell-out Girl’s Night Out event, a seasonal fashion show, on 30th March, in Poplar Arcade, Touchwood. The event was extra special as, for the first time, it was held outside the fabulous store, and saw models saunter across the arcade wearing great new pieces for the Spring Summer 2011. The 40 guests in attendance enjoyed viewing pieces from the latest collections by Thomas Sabo, Lola Rose and Chan Luu.

The new venue was a great success and the proximity to the store allowed our guests to browse the summery jewellery in a relaxed and private environment while they enjoyed canapés and cocktails.

Thomas Sabo representative Daniel Rhodes brought along a colourful selection of the new POP NOW jewellery range, which is inspired by the 1960s vibrant pop art movement and fits in with this season’s trend for colour blocking and fun, vivid prints.

Girl’s Night Out wasn’t just an excuse for some frivolous fashion fun, but also raised money for Cancer Research UK by including a raffle, for which designers kindly donated some special pieces such as necklaces and t-shirts for lucky ticket holders to win.

Sinade Prosser, Solihull store manager, was delighted by the success of the event: “This Spring’s Girl’s Night Out was a wonderful evening and we were thrilled to have held it in Touchwood as it provided a great space for our fashion show and easy access for the ladies to browse in store, where they could choose from our full range of pieces. We are also very proud to have such generous customers and to have raised money for Cancer Research UK.”

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Head over to our Facebook Page to see a full set of Girls’ Night Out Solihull Photos!

The next events coming up in the fabulous diary are the Garden Party, held at Mallory Court Hotel in Leamington. Each fabulous store also runs the Cancer Research UK Race for Life. The next Girl’s Night Out will take place in September 2011.