Call Webster’s Dictionary — the jewelry world has a new vocabulary. Ear cuffs, hand bracelets, midi-rings and more are joining the ranks of earrings, necklaces and bracelets as everyday staples. “I wear my ear cuff every single day and basically just take it off to shower,” said Michelle Campbell Mason, designer of Campbell. “That’s what we always hope to achieve with our brand — finding one more place you can stack jewelry.”
Despite the recent surge in popularity, most designers attribute the more-is-more aesthetic to ancient times. “We’re actually going back thousands of years when ear cuffs were used as adornments,” said Anita Ko. “Back then, people didn’t pierce as often as they do now. We’re really bringing it back — I’m just putting a modern twist on it.” Ko’s stackable ear cuffs have appeared on celebrities such as Emma Watson, Zoë Kravitz and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; Suki Waterhouse and Joan Smalls each wore several to the recent Met ball. “What’s cool about ear cuffs is you can wear one or five,” she said. “It’s something that every girl can wear to express herself.…A classic diamond earring, a pearl stud — we’re beyond that.”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"