Trend Watch: Buttons, Blossoms & Clusters at the Ears

One trend I’ve been following received endorsement at the 64th Annual Tony awards this past Sunday by not one but two of the entertainment world’s brightest young stars. Just as short dresses look fresh in a sea of long gowns, so too a change from the stunning yet expected chandelier and drop earrings looks fresh and chic (although I must give a shout-out to the exquisite long pink drop earrings by Stephen Russell so beautifully worn by Lucy Liu). The trend of which I write is that of ear clips or short earrings noticeably larger than studs, in all manner of button, blossom and cluster designs.

Best featured actress award winner Scarlett Johansson looked polished and stunning in a sparkling dark green Elie Saab gown accompanied by an exquisite pair of Harry Winston diamond cluster earrings. Her look was impeccably chic.

Glee star Lea Michele also opted for short earrings to accompany the Grecian-style dress she wore to perform. The earrings, of which I don’t have a close-up photo, appeared to be diamond earrings with interesting side detail. She wore a smaller diamond design on the red carpet.

Short earrings not only look fresh, they are also much more universally flattering than long earrings, which draw the eye downward to the jaw and neck. The endorsement of the short earrings look by these rising stars is a testament to a trend that has been receiving notice in the fashion press over the last few months.  

The May 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar shows variations of short earrings worn with ladylike looks in a fashion spread focusing on a preview of the new collections. An ensemble by Giorgio Armani is accessorized with earrings and a bracelet from Alexis Bittar. The earrings appear a second time with an ensemble from Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere, not shown here.

From the same fashion spread is a Celine ensemble shown with short earrings, in this case smaller buttons, also from Alexis Bittar.

This next look also appears in the May 2010 Harper’s Bazaar spread, and features an interesting contemporary take on the shorter earrings shape that looks like folded ribbon from Herve van der Straeten, worn with an ensemble from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci.

Vogue magazine’s May 2010 issue uses button earrings in a photo depicting the rebellious look of an heiress from the Depression era, with earrings and necklace by Sandra Cronan accompanying an embroidered tulle dress from Carolina Herrera.

The edgiest of the earrings is achieved with large goldtone blossom earrings from Marni pictured in the July 2010 issue of Glamour magazine. Those earrings and Prada shoes make a $35 tunic from H&M look like a million bucks.

While short earrings will never replace the sheer drama of chandelier and long drop earrings, they most definitely deserve a place in a stylish woman’s wardrobe.

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