Posts Tagged ‘wise style’

Vintage Inspiration: “Styx” Gown, c.1936 by American Designer Elizabeth Hawes

Yikes!  It has been over a month since my last blog post.  Well, if I still have any readers left, take a look at this 1930s gown from American Designer, Elizabeth Hawes.  It’s a beauty!  I particular love how the gathered bust appears to flow into pleats under a criss-cross of fabric.  The color choice in this design makes it all the more interesting, don’t you think?  Now, while you’re distracted by a gorgeous dress, I’m going to go make a schedule to keep up with this blog!

"Styx" gown, circa 1936, by designer Elizabeth Hawes

“Styx” gown, circa 1936, by designer Elizabeth Hawes

Accessorize with Mesh from Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis Calysto Bracelets via INSIDE Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis Calysto Bracelets via INSIDE Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis has been around since the late 1800s.  They specialize in accessories and jewelry crafted of metal mesh and boy oh boy, do they do it well!  I guess after 135 years, you would tend to be the best of the best.  In 1892, the first mesh handbag was hand woven by Charles Whiting.  He took the art of chainmail and turned it into a fashion statement.  This look has held on and evolved with every decade.  They’ve recently updated their website and revamped their logo for a more modern look.  Not only can you shop, but you can learn about the history of the company and check out modern fashion trends on their blog!  I wonder if the founders ever thought that the company would still be styling mesh 100 years later.

Known for fantastic handbags, the new collection of Whiting & Davis does not disappoint.  Offering clutches and shoulder bags, they have a piece for every occasion.  The dazzling mesh of Whiting & Davis makes their handbag the perfect companion on a night out, cocktail party, or other evening affair.  Here are a few of my favorites from the collection.  Naturally I leaned towards a vintage look.  The vienna and peacock handbags remind me of pieces from their 1920s collection because of the silhouette and painted on prints.

 

 

 

When it comes to jewelry, Whiting & Davis may be most famous for their serpent style cuffs and bracelets; however in the new collection you can expect bold colors along with timeless classics.  A glimmering mesh piece of jewelry can make a statement day or night.  I love everything, but here are a few of the pieces that I’m lusting after.

 

 

I am a Whiting & Davis freak.  When it comes to vintage W&D, I have several of their handbags from different eras and some pieces of jewelry as well.  Thank you to my lovely grandmothers who have the best style and were willing to pass their Whiting & Davis pieces along to me!  One of my grandmothers kept her Whiting & Davis handbag from the 1950s in the original box!  I’ll have to do a style post sometime soon to show you the glamour that has been passed down to me!

Do you have any pieces from the iconic design house?  Tell me about them in the comments section!

Vintage Inspiration: Norman Norell for Hattie Carnegie, c. 1932 Dress

I can’t seem to get enough of this dress lately!  I’ve pinned it multiple times over the last few days and each time, a message pops up that I already have included it in a previous collection.  I must be head over heels for this flirty little 1930s number!  It is a simple silhouette by Norman Norell for the Hattie Carnegie design house.  The dress is belted at the waist to accent a lady’s curves and the perfect amount of flair swishes delicately at the hemline.

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