25 February 2011

The Future Looks Bright!

The Spring/Summer catwalks 2011 were a riot of colour, and bold clashing blocks of colour were witnessed across all collections.

Image from Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 Collection

If you are feeling daring, why not break traditional colour wheel rules by teaming up bold blues with zingy greens and tangerine shades with hot pinks. Grays Mews has an extensive range of Vintage clothing  for you to mix and match to your hearts content. Here are some items we think will work the Spring look perfectly.

Items above are selected from  Linda Bee, Vintage Modes and Gillian Hosup all who can be found at Grays Mews.

For the timid, The easy take on this Seasons trend is to 'freshen up' your Winter wardrobe by pairing up flashes of bright colour with nude and neutral shades. Accessories are a fantastic way to achieve this.

                     Image from Marc Jacobs Spring/ Summer 2011 Collection                     

22 February 2011

Inspired by Louise Gray: London Fashion Week

What better way to kick start Spring than with bold bright colours, oversized bubble hats and mix-matched patterns.  Louise Gray's new ready-to-wear collection for 2011 certainly brightened up London's grey skys and has sent me on a mission to wear more bright and bold colours!  Accessories are a great place to start and here are some fun pieces from Grays (antiques!) to bring a little sunshine into your life.

Louise Gray's Ready-To-Wear A/W 2011. Photo from Vogue.com

Louise Grays Ready-To-Wear A/W 2011. Photo from Vogue.com
19th Century French Gold & Diamond Earrings. From Nigel Norman.
Enamelled Coloured Bubbles Necklace & Earrings. From MNG Collectables.

Art Deco Lucite Bug Bracelets. From Margaret Mullins.

Patent Leather Clutch Bag. From Susie Nelson.

21 February 2011

Fine Dining

Michel Roux Jr, the two starred Michelin chef de cuisine at Mayfair's Le Gavroche restaurant is hosting a very special banquet, taking guests back two centuries to dine in the style of the London aristocracy in the 19th Century.
Photo by Alex Lentati. ES Online
Set in a private dining room at the Langham Hotel, everything from the food to the dining room tables, crockery, and silverware with be authentic. The £350-a-head Victorian inspired dinner will include a starter of poached salmon and hollandaise sauce, then corn-fed chicken casserole with a praline ice-cream bombe to finish.  British cheeses will of course follow in a traditional fashion.  All proceeds will go towards the Evening Standard's Dispossessed Fund.  You can read the original article from the Evening Standard online here.

If you, like us, dream about creating a perfectly placed and sparkling dining party Grays is one of the best places in London to find antique silverware and crockery to impress your guests.

Here are a few of our favourite dining items:

Silver Fish Servers c1879.
From Vine Antiques.

Rare Achibald Knox Sugar Tongs, c1905.
From Vine Antiques.
Silver & Blue Glass Sugar Shaker c1898.
From Hallmark Antiques.
Arts & Crafts Decanters by Edward Spencer.
From Van Den Bosch.
Victorian Cut Crystal Condiment Set.
From ZMS Antiques.
Victorian Shell Biscuit Barrel c1880.
From ZMS Antiques.

12 February 2011

It's Not Too Late!

We have carefully selected Valentines gifts from a range of dealers at Grays. If you would like any more information about any item, please clink on the link below.

11 February 2011

Personal Shopping Service

Finding the perfect gift to give to a loved one on Valentines Day can sometimes feel overwhelming. Whether you already have something in mind that you are trying to acquire, or just need a little bit of help looking for that special something, we are here to help. Just ask at Reception for more details.

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