Minimalism Is Not a Lack of Adornment: Drop Earrings Pick Up Momentum

One of the buzz words for the fall fashion season is minimalism. Sleek tailored looks, often built upon a single sophisticated hue, almost seem to cleanse the palette when viewed alongside the many examples of multiple textured layered looks that represent the other major trend this season.


Minimalism is not the equivalent of a lack of adornment – far from it. Instead, minimalism calls for carefully selected accessories that pack a lot of punch in beautifully simple designs. One great example of a classic simple design consists of a pair of pearls or beads that dangle below the ears from wires or chains. The general design concept is fairly simple; it is the execution in which artistry and craftsmanship come into play.



We saw examples of this style of earring at last week’s Primetime Emmy Awards, not only in the pearl and diamond earrings worn by Jane Lynch (pictured in my most recent blog post), but also in these long black sphere drop earrings, uncredited in all the news reports, that Best Actress in a Comedy winner Edie Falco wore with her simply elegant Bottega Veneta black one-shouldered gown.



Another example of a shorter version of the style is this pair of earrings from Dean Harris pictured in the June/July issue of Harper’s Bazaar.



The cover of the September 2010 Fall Fashion Issue of Harper’s Bazaar features Jennifer Aniston in a styling in homage to Barbra Streisand wearing long drop earrings by Harry Winston.



In the fashion spread “Chic Easy Pieces” also in the September issue, Harper’s Bazaar presents a selection of long drop earrings in a wide range of styles. Prime placement on the first page of the fashion spread goes to a pair of earrings from New York Vintage worn with a Marc Jacobs coat.



Drop earrings from Aurelie Bidermann and a Bulgari necklace are shown with a black leather ensemble from Bottega Veneta.



Extremely long drop earrings from Alexis Bittar are the only adornment to this cape ensemble from Yves Saint Laurent.



Alexis Bittar drop earrings, this version curved, are also featured with an ensemble from Donna Karan New York.



The September 2010 issue of Marie Claire combines a very inexpensive pair of faux pearl teardrop earrings from Lydell NYC with various ensembles, including this Burberry shearling jacket worn with a Wuyork headpiece and necklaces by David Yurman and Chanel.


This last example is a testament to the versatility of this style of earring, which, at least in its more modest length versions, not only can set off a sleek minimalist silhouette, but also can add a bit of glimmer to a complex layered look.