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Sweet Knockers

August 15, 2013


Clockwise from top left: Oscar de la Renta, Feverish, Topshop, Delfina Delettrez, Asos, The 2 Bandits, Elizabeth Cole, BaubleBar, 2020, Mario Testino for Mate, Dannijo


Would you look at that? Another post with a misleading title! You may have thought this was going to be a dedication to breasts, but I’ve got you again; I’m talking about oversize statement earring knockers. Though come to think of it, extra large earrings and breasts may be more similar than we think seeing as how the weight of gravity will eventually pull either your lobes or your feedbags down over time. But enough of that. I’m still perky.

After spending freshman year of high school through freshman year of college wearing oversize plastic earrings in the shapes of airplanes, hearts, guns, and shoulder grazing hoops, I’ve taken a sizable break from the sizable lobe pullers. Not only was the plastic I was wearing worthy of a Barbie’s shoe, but even when I tried to venture into something more sophisticated like a simple gold chandelier earring, I felt that they aged me. The earrings may have been glamorous but my smudgy eyeliner, ripped t-shirts, and tangled hair were not. But the times have changed; I’ve gotten older, my taste has become more sophisticated, and I’ve gone so far as to purchase a more powerful and expensive vacuum. So obviously reintroducing statement earrings into my wardrobe was the next logical step.

Here I’ve compiled a jumble of earrings that will not only compliment a look but also detract from the horrendous thing that is mid-to-late-twenties acne. No one is going to be looking at the volcano on the center of your forehead when you’ve got a Swarovski encrusted unicorn on one of your lobes. Nor will they notice the forest of blackheads on your chin when a colorfully woven pair of earrings are dangling well below your shoulder line. But this of course is not only about acne, many of these earrings provide the exact amount of glamour you may need for that black tie affair or date night at McDonald’s. Oscar de la Renta may as well be the king of female elegance as is evident by the top left pair of icy blue chandelier earrings, while Delfina Delettrez takes the lead in appealing to the younger side of the spectrum making pearls cool again and eyeballs still an important accoutrement.

Though punk continues to be a hot theme in the world of style, I understand if you’re not willing to go so far as Miley Cyrus and give yourself a mohawk. But with an ear cuff by the very affordable 2020 that may as well be inspired by Rufio’s mohawk in Hook, you can get that punky look without grabbing the razor. And if you think two mohawks are better than one, then look no further than the edgy black pair by Elizabeth Cole that hug the lobe and dangle mid-way down your neck. RU-FI-O! RU-FI-O!

Then there are those situations, like the coronation of your goldfish or a belly-dancing class, where we require something gold and intricate. You could go the Dolce & Gabbana route since that’s their shtick, but I prefer the more pocket-friendly outlets like Topshop and Asos who do a phenomenal job with inspired replicas.

Lastly, there are the geometric silver biddies for those of us who prefer the more sculpted things in life like David Beckham’s butt and Frank Gehry. And while such architectural shapes may not be the defining feature in brand’s like Dannijo, The 2 Bandits, and BaubleBar, they certainly know how to construct such pieces.

Fashion’s Past

September 29, 2010
tags: 1993, ads, best fashion campaigns, bruce weber, , campaigns, cedric jimenez, chanel 1998, claudia schiffer, f/w 1996, f/w 1997, f/w 2007, favorite fashion ads, , herb ritts, inez van lamsweerde, karl lagerfeld, , , kirsten dunst, Lonneke Engel, louis vuitton jewelry 2004, marcus piggot, , mark wahlberg, mert alas, milla jovovich, missoni, , Photographer, ralph by ralph lauren 2001, ralph lauren 2001, ralph lauren romance, ralph lauren romance 1999, s/s 2006, s/s 2008, salvatore ferragamo, tanga moreau, Tim Walker, vinoodh matadin, year
by Sonia

Although there are a whole slew of amazing new ad campaigns hitting the newsstands as I type (Refinery29 does a pretty great round-up of them here and here), there are certain campaigns from the past that stick out in my mind like a Meryl Streep movie.

Anyone born before 1986 can’t help but remember the notorious Calvin Klein ads featuring a waifishly thin Kate Moss and extra hunky Mark Wahlberg…oh, excuse me, I mean Marky Mark and his “Good Vibrations”.  Or how about the heart melting Ralph Lauren “Romance” ads with Tanga Moreau and Cedric Jimenez? Or, one of my personal favorites, the ever classy Claudia Schiffer clad in over-size Jackie-O shades in the Salvatore Ferragamo campaigns.

When I was younger I used to save every.single.magazine that I bought. I had stacks upon stacks of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and no I’m not afraid to admit it…Seventeen Magazine (hey, it was cool in the 90s). But, in attempt to not turn my room into it’s own episode of Hoarders, I got rid of all my old, perfume scented glossys and thus lost all the hard copies of some of my favorite ad campaigns. While this “cleanse” happened years ago (we’re talking 1998 at the latest), I still think about those campaigns that caught my eye back in the days of braces and school uniforms; the days when I would often rip pages out of magazines and tape them to my wall, admiring them while I attempted homework.

When these adolescent years passed, I was still obsessing over fashion ads, but in a much different way. Instead of taping them to my wall, I would rip them out of their publications and store them in an over-stuffed folder that managed to travel with me from highschool to college and then to New York, but I stupidly threw it out on my last apartment move. While I didn’t look at them very frequently, I would often look back through them when I needed inspiration. But, after some serious research I managed to find online scans of a few of my favorite ads that I thought were gone forever and thought I’d share them with you.

Chanel 1998 by Karl Lagerfeld

Calvin Klein Jeans 1993 by Herb Ritts

Gucci F/W 1996 by Mario Testino

Missoni F/W 1997 by Mario Testino

Romance by Ralph Lauren 1999 & 2001 by Bruce Weber

Louis Vuitton Jewelry 2004 by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

Salvatore Ferragamo F/W 2007 by Mario Testino

Kate Spade S/S 2006 by Tim Walker

Ralph by Ralph Lauren ca. 2001

Miu Miu S/S 2008 by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

photos via tfs