West Coast Babylon

The ultimate glamour is “Old Hollywood.” Think of the final scene of the1933 film Dinner at 8, as Jean Harlow and Marie Dressler lilt into the dining room discussing whether or not machinery will take the place of every profession. Harlow’s tight satin dress and fur-trimmed lamé cape show off not only her figure, but also the commanding status of California’s studio designers. The movies sent fashion trends blowing from the west. And that breeze continues to swirl, especially in lingerie design. Jane’s Vanity loves the slinky swagger of Old Hollywood.

In those days, movie stars had to look the part, night and day. And their audiences noticed. The manicured Hollywood mystique just suited the new popularity of neoclassical lines in fashion. As a reaction, perhaps, to the flapper age, designers produced serpentine silk gowns, in spiraling bias cut, that celebrated the female form, especially the hip line. And, to meet the demand for non-stop glamour, the look carried over to new wardrobe essentials: elegant nightgowns, slips, and camisole sets.

Bring some Old Hollywood into your world. Start with Gilda & Pearl’s Sophia Jade Camisole Set. Bias cut, juicy color, cute little shorts. Or try The Fenella Ruffle Lingerie Set from Loveday London in rust pink silk with its flounces and cheeky tap pant. This set even comes with separate Ruffle Sleeves!

A curvaceous slip dress epitomizes Old Hollywood. Gilda & Pearl have the idea. Swoon over their Rose Gold Midi Slip--simplicity itself. Or, the equally fabulous peachy-pink Gina Peony Silk gown that is accented with gold lace. Olivia Von Halle sets the mark with her Issa Slip Dress. JV has versions in Torment Velvet, the animal print Hedonist, and the lovely golden Tobacco. Violet & Wren bring the landscape of the west to their Saguaro Gold Bias Slip Dress and wrap it in the stunning Saguoro Gold Longline Silk Robe. Cut easy through the body, the robe struts short sleeves, side slits, and trim of wide navy grosgrain ribbon. 

Be Garbo, in scintillating classics from Jane’s Vanity. 

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