It seems only right that the spotlight is put back on the earring right now. The Eighties is about to resurge as the decade of choice, usurping the summer's love-in with the Seventies, and let's face it, if there was ever a decade to champion a big earring it was the Eighties.
But this is only part of the story. We suddenly got a rush for the jewellery item once more when we saw hoops on the Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2015 catwalk. And ever since, from spring/summer 2015 to pre-spring/summer 2016 collections, the likes of Christian Dior, Loewe, Balenciaga and Givenchy have been putting forward the case for an exquisitely sculpted piece of pierce to keep us thinking and shift our gaze to the lure of the lobe. It's all about an architectural earring (last season's ear cuffs should be firmly placed at the back of the drawer or given new lease of life worn as a brooch instead).
What marks out one of these earrings from any other? It should weave and wind as opposed to just dangle and shine; it should literally go in one ear and out the other such is its engineered design; it shouldn't work as an exact pair, asymmetry is chic here.
But architecture is in the air right now - the pre-spring/summer 2016 shows from Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton showing off more than just seasonal collections and adding as well an exotic location to their fashion credentials. And if you can't afford Bob Hope's Palm Springs estate, then surely an earring to riff on its carefully constructed nature should do the trick?
Written by Jessica Bumpus for Vogue.com on 19th May 2015