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Sarah Dudzinsinky is the creator and designer behind the otherworldy jewelry line Better Late Than Never.
If you have never shopped vintage before, you may find yourself a little wary to start dressing outside of your comfort zone. Why? There’s no reason to be! But, as with most things in life, it’s common to feel a little intimidated by the unknown, and many shoppers feel a little intimidated when they begin to build an uncommon wardrobe. Here are three pieces that you can easily integrate into your wardrobe, making them perfect vintage ice breakers!
Blazers are a great way to start introducing vintage to your wardrobe because they are such wearable, versatile pieces. You can pair them with jeans, dresses, skirts, shorts - practically anything! A stunning vintage blazer can turn around a drab outfit in a second.
Not only are vintage clutches beautiful and attention-grabbing, they’re very functional pieces. If you are looking to introduce your wardrobe to the world of vintage, but want to make sure that you’re buying something that you’ll actually put to use, a vintage clutch is the way to go!
Vintage jewelry is a fantastic way to add an uncommon touch to your wardrobe. Not to mention, shopping for vintage jewelry is a delight, so it’s a great way to get acquainted with the experience. There are so many one-of-a-kind pieces to discover, and no sizing issues to worry about. It’s stress-free vintage dream.
How did you introduce your wardrobe to vintage? Tell us about your first vintage piece in the comments below, or on Twitter!
Gia Bahm founded her jewelry line, Unearthen, in 2007. With her enchanting creations, she seems to effortlessly transform raw and organic materials into otherworldly objects. Her final designs have a luxuriously mysterious quality that truly sets them apart. Gia took some time out of her week to talk to Wiseling about her work and inspiration.
When did your interest in jewelry design begin?
It all started when I was a kid. Jewelry was so fantastical and mysterious to me, it was (and still is) easy to get lost dreaming about the origins of a special ring or necklace. I’ve always loved looking at jewelry. The mysteriousness of heirlooms and what inspires designers to choose the imagery and styles that become a little wearable treasure is so fascinating to me. I took a few classes as a kid, then got back into it when I was doing a lot of wardrobe styling when I moved to New York in my early 20s.
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Music has always been my biggest influence. I don’t design collections around songs or musicians or anything, but when I find myself lost in a song, it puts me at peace and all sorts of ideas come to me.
What materials do you use in your work? Why are you drawn to these?
I use silver, gold, bronze, and a variety of raw and specially cut precious and semi-precious gems and crystals. I’m drawn to the natural raw crystals because - man - how mind blowing and genius is nature at creating beauty?! The cut stones are always fun and exiting to see how you can add an extra sparkle, or shape that takes a little gem to an elevated level.
What is your favorite thing about being a jewelry designer?
I have a few favorite things about being a jewelry designer. The first being creative and working with my hands. There is something about my nature - the only way I can feel complete and find happiness in my life, is by working with my hands. This sounds extreme, but it’s true!
Another favorite thing is problem solving, the never ending challenges and lessons I learn in the process of making my designs.
Last, but definitely not least, it’s just a consistently inspiring occupation to create jewelry.
You also work as a wardrobe stylist. Does your experience as a jewelry designer influence your styling, or vice versa?
I have recently transitioned almost completely out of styling. I would say though, that my styling work influenced my jewelry. I would be creating wardrobe looks, and think “AH! If only I had (fill in the blank) special accessory. I should make that!”
Describe a typical day in the life of Gia Bahm.
A typical day consists of a lot more computer work than you could ever imagine. Lots of emailing, accounting, designing, and general internet puttering. Working with my amazing staff, and having fun at the studio. A nice afternoon coffee. I mostly find myself doing more of the hands on designing in the evenings or on weekends, or early mornings when no one can disturb me and I can disappear into my imagination with a good record playing.
What do you wear when you’re working?
Whatever feels right for the day. Sometimes I’ll feel a bit fancy, but mostly whatever is comfortable like an easy dress or jeans and a t-shirt. I feel lucky that I hardly ever feel like I need to look right for anyone else but me. One of the perks of working for yourself for sure!
Where is your favorite place in the world?
My favorite place in the world would be anywhere with water and woods.
What is your favorite vintage era?
High waisted jeans are a staple in my closet. But how can I pick! I love them all.
Imagine being able to carry a reminder of your favorite place with you where ever you go. Now imagine getting to wear a piece of jewelry that is utterly unique, chic, and statement worthy. Christina Elleni’s accomplished work combines the best of both. Using both traditional and cutting-edge construction techniques, Christina offers up a stunning selection of bangles, pendants, and rings featuring some of the most recognizable architectural feats in the world. Pay homage to NYC by wearing her Chrysler Building ring/pendant on your travels or show your love for the west coast by wearing the Golden Gate Bridge via Christina’s knuckle duster ring. Currently located in San Francisco, where she continues to tempt us with piece after impressive piece, Christina shares her creative process, unique approach to fashion, and sources of inspiration.
When did your interest in creating jewelry start?
It started when I was about 19. I had gone to fashion school for a year as soon as I finished high school. I worked really hard and loved learning new construction skills but I found the culture was a bit rough. I had just come from an all-girls high school and it seemed too similar to really excite creativity. I took a year off, worked, saved and traveled for 6 months to about 5 countries. When I came home I had to decide if I was going to go back to fashion school or go to art school instead. I chose art school. By second semester in your first year you have to pick a major for the rest of your degree. At the time there were 2 classes I loved - Sculpture and Jewelry. It was really tough picking but I had always loved making things that people could wear and really cherish so jewelry won out.
…that was really long winded. Sorry!
Where do you find inspiration?
From objects and places I love and people I admire. I went through a kind of organic tea phase at Uni (college)…everything I made was organic looking and was modeled on either a teapot or a teacup or had tea leaves in it. I was slightly obsessed. I also had a fantastic group of friends in my workshop who would inspire me with their work. Then in my final year I got really excited about challenging myself to be as precise and as anti-organic as I could.
My Dad is an architect and my Mum used to be one too. Both of them work so meticulously. Even their handwriting looks like it’s been typed. I really envied that I suppose.
I had also just come back from travelling overseas again and wanted to make pieces that reminded me of all the wonderful places I’d seen. I started to consider buildings and how different architecture can really make a huge impact on the city it’s a part of…and how magical it can be I suppose. And that’s what continually inspires me.
What kind of materials do you most prefer to work with?
Silver. Definitely silver. I like perspex and wood too but silver is just more fun and permanent. Oh and I have just started working with gold which is really fun too.
Of all of the designs you’ve ever made, which is your favorite?
Hmm that’s tough. Probably my gold Taj Mahal ring necklace. I know it’s not the fanciest or most complex or the biggest piece, but it’s one I really enjoy wearing.
What is your go-to day to day outfit?
(My cool, when-I-leave-the-house answer) Right now my favorite outfit is an Angela Lansbury t-shirt that my sister lent me (JB Fletcher’s my girl, I love Murder She Wrote) and my blue AG jeans with white polka dots OR my floral Citizens of Humanity jeans, a pair of little dangly silver and pearl earrings I just made and flip flops.
(My real life, uncool answer) I am working from home right now, so my pajamas!
What were you wearing as an art student?
Ha ha, oh dear. Ummm well, always enclosed shoes and an apron…and probably leggings, a tank top and a hoodie. I used to ride my bike to Uni so definitely practical, very worn-in clothing and a backpack…not fashionable at all. My friends would be amazed when I wore anything that resembled an actual outfit.
Which recent purchase are you most excited about?
I just bought a new Foredom Flexible Shaft for polishing, carving, drilling etc. I get to pick it up tomorrow and I’m so pumped!
What is your favorite place in the world?
The beach! I’m from Sydney and grew up on the beach so that’s my happy place…specifically, probably Tamarama or Bronte on a beautiful summer’s day.
Is there an artist, designer, or performer that you would like to see featured? Tell us about them in the comments.
In a world full of overdesigned jewels, finding a piece that strikes the perfect balance between statement and understated elegance can seem like a lost cause. Luckily, there exists designers like Kate Jones. Drawing on a wealth of knowledge and experiences that most could only dream of, Kate creates the beautiful heirloom-worthy pieces that her brand Ursa Major has become known for. Her most recent architectural Collection No. 3 has really captured our attention with necklaces, earrings, bangles, and rings that promise to stand the test of time and outlast even the most popular of trends. Here, the master jeweler answers our questions.
Image via Backyard Bill.
When did your interest in creating jewelry begin?
The truth of the matter is, probably at about age 10. I spent a lot of time playing around with polymer clay (like Fimo and Sculpey) making my own beads. I was obsessed with the technique of “caning” or millefiori, and then I started making these funky animal brooches from it, Keith Haring-esque shaped fishes and dogs . My mom wore one into a store, and that was it, my first order. So I think I’ve had a business number since the age of 12.
Did you study jewelry design or are you self-taught?
A little of both. My first metalsmithing class was at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, in Deer Isle, Maine, through a high school program they did in the state. Then I went onto study at Rhode Island School of Design, but I only did the first year of jewelry and metalsmithing before switching to textiles. It’s ironic, Lauren Manoogian and Caitlin Mociun were also classmates in textiles, and we all do jewelry now. I gained a tremendous technical foundation from RISD but learned a hell of a lot from just practical application and on-the-job experience, every summer I would return home to Maine and work in a small store called, A Silver Lining, doing repairs and custom work. That’s when I learned just how much of the craft is about tools and tricks, which is to say a lot. A whole lot.
Where do you find inspiration?
Oh boy, in everything. But if I had to name the top hits I’d say art and architecture, and in the pursuit of making old new again.
Do you like to wear your own pieces?
Of course! But when people ask me if I’m wearing any of my jewelry, I get bashful after about the third piece or so. I actually have to be a bit careful not to wear much of the jewelry I own but didn’t create because invariably people always pick that out first and excitedly say, “Did you make that?!”
What is your favorite part about being a jewelry designer?
The detail, the problem solving, and the opportunity to create a piece that might be handed down 100 years from now.
Describe your typical studio uniform.
Jeans and an old oversized Smith and Hawken denim shirt.
What is your fondest childhood memory?
Living on our sailboat, Ursa Major, we spent a lot of time hanging out in Antigua, and there was a spot called Shirley Heights. It was an old fort high up overlooking English and Falmouth Harbors, and every Sunday night was Jump Up, otherwise known as the classic Caribbean party: steel drums, reggae, BBQ, and rum punch. I was 8 and dancing my ass off with the locals, BBQ sauce smeared across my face.
What are you most looking forward to in the new year?
Expanding the brand, new projects, and travel. I’m creating a line of hardware, collaborating on a bag, and foraying into the world of objects. I can’t wait.
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Movie Review: Anna Karenina
We had high sartorial expectations for Joe Wright’s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. After all, the film had all of the trappings of a fashion masterpiece: billowing ballgowns, dazzling jewelry, voluminous fur, and even a cameo by Cara Delevingne. What came as a pleasant surprise was that what Wright created was more than eye candy, it was nuanced visual storytelling at its finest. Abandoning traditional sets, the he juxtaposed the ritual and fantasy of high Russian society against the realities of the simpler peasant existence by setting the scenes revolving around Anna in a theater that changed to suit the story’s needs, alternately evolving from Anna’s home to a train station to a ballroom and more. Wright’s unique approach to storytelling was further complemented by the superb acting of the movie’s stellar cast. Keira Knightley was truly convincing as the Russian socialite-turned-pariah, and our hearts broke over the soul-crushing devotion shown by Anna’s dutiful husband as played by Jude Law. Add to all of this the previously downplayed sexual tension, and it is easy to see why this film has us buzzing with excitement. Anna Karenina is a must-see this season for fashion enthusiasts and movie buffs alike.
Trend Watch: Art Deco Jewels
With Thanksgiving come and gone, the holiday season has officially begun, and with it, all of those formal parties. One of the best ways to bring new life to the standard party dress is with some seriously dramatic jewelry. Luckily for us, designers this season have gone above and beyond the holiday standard of pave everything, looking toward Old Hollywood glamour for inspiration.
1. Vince Camuto 2. Sorrelli 3. Alexis Bittar 4. Alkemie 5. Swarovski 6. Oscar de la Renta 7. Rewind Vintage Affairs 8. Dannijo 9. Cara Mia Vintage 10. Moritz Glik 11. Peter Lang
Dannijo Launches Bridal Line
If love wasn’t a good enough excuse, come December 1 would-be brides will have another reason to walk down the isle. That is, the new bridal line by NYC based jewelry company, Dannijo. The new line is a logical step for Dannijo creators and sisters, Danielle and Jodie Snyder. Danielle explained to Elle.com that many sartorially aware brides were already buying Dannijo jewelry to wear to their nuptials or as gifts for their bridesmaids, so they wanted to meet their customers’ needs. The line consists of seven dazzling pieces, handcrafted in New York with Swarovski crystals. With their “Old Hollywood glam” inspiration and Dannijo’s trademark downtown cool, we might just have to buy some pieces regardless of marital status.
Shop the new collection at dannijo.com.
Trend Watch: Bold Necklaces
The biggest jewelry trend (both literally and figuratively) this fall is, without a doubt, bold necklaces. Helmed by street style icons like Miroslava Duma and Leandra Medine, large ornate necklaces have caught on with a vengeance and were a constant presence outside shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris this fashion month. We love these large and in charge necklaces as the perfect fall jewelry that won’t get lost in the weave of heavy knit sweaters like their more delicate counterparts might.
1. Swarovski 2. Paula Bianco 3. Lulu Frost for J Crew 4. Lanvin 5. Heaven Tanudiredja 6. Tom Binns 7. Zara 8. Michael Kors 9. Alexander McQueen 10. Oscar de la Renta 12. Stella & Dot 13. Giuseppe Zanotti 14. BCBG 15. Dannijo 16. Bimba & Lola 17. Moran Porat
How will you be wearing this trend?