Ear Adornment

BATD ON Sep 01, 2013 AT 1:51 pm

Ear embellishment

From the very moment that New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Punk:Chaos to Couture as its major exhibition for 2013, we just knew that come September – and the slew of autumn winter 2013 pieces – that studs, leather and anything with a subversive, tough and irreverent edge would be having a revival.

But it was as the stars arrived at the annual MET ball that a new pre-season micro trend was born. One that hinted towards the intelligent rebellion ahead, but couldn’t quite wait for it to arrive. And it wasn’t a silhouette, texture or even lip shade that set the tone, but rather the subtle and subversive undertones of an embellished ear as delicate rose gold hoops, dot-to-dot spiked studs and sparkling Swarovski encrusted cuffs worked their way down from upper ridge to lower lobe in a sprinkling of pretty-punk decoration. And whilst for seasons fashion industry insiders have been subtly adding placement-considered piercings along their helix, the mini cuffs and single studs have given way, via the likes of Sienna Miller, Cara Delevingne and Diane Kruger to more substantial ear-swathing options.

When it comes to the new ear embellishment trend, as expected within the context of punk, there are few rules, but we’d wholeheartedly suggest sticking to just one ear (choose your best side), smudging eyes with an intense carbon kohl and (un) styling hair in the most insouciant (but ear-flashing) way possible –  you can’t go wrong with a high-piled top knot a la Cara Delevingne or Sienna Miller’s side-swept loose tousle.

And if you’re needle-phobic, never fear, as there are a whole host of new to the market options that don’t require puncture wounds.

Repossi Berbere 18 Carat Rose Gold Multi Hoops, £3,477 Net-a-porter.com

Joanna Laura Constantine 8K Gold Plated Ear-Cuff with Swarovski Crytstals, £73 JoannaLauraConstantine.com 

Zara Rhinestone Ear Cuff, £9.99 Zara.com

Maria Black Crescent Gold-Plated Ear Cuff, £90 Net-a-porter.com 

Annelise Michelson Carniverous Spike Ear Cuff, £237, Avenue32.com

EarCuffASOS Triangle Ear Cuff, £30 Asos.com




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