Dior tribal earrings may have caused mass hysteria in 2014. But with an increasing number of people wearing either the real style or a knockoff, the difference is often hard to see, will their coolness factor fade into a distance memory?
I am sure that almost everyone knows the iconic double pearl earrings – big pearl behind and small pearl on the earlobe! A lot of brands offer that style at the moment. And yes its innovative and classic at the same time. It puts the pearl stud we all love for its beautiful surface and its power to illuminate our teint in a new and modern context. But above all it removed the not so nice looking back closure that has always been an integral feature of stud earrings while making them as pretty from the back as from the front. But do you know how the idea for this style was born?
Christmas is officially behind us and I feel that its time to sum up the year 2014. About a year ago I started writing my blog and I really have to admit that it enriches my life enormously. Despite of that, 2014 marks the end of the blog in its present structure. Considering advise of several friends I am going to discontinue the „beauty“, „interior“, „food“ and „travel“ sections to concentrate solely on fashion! However, the content from the discontinued sections will continue to be available on the page! Ok, but what I really want to do today is reflect on what happened in fashion in 2014!
There is a very popular procedure that repeats itself time and time again in fashion industry. An innovative piece is launched by a brand and popularised by media. Sooner or later the market is flooded with lookalikes, many cheaper but also some at the same or slightly lower price level. So its nothing different with Dior’s iconic tribal earring – you know the one with one pearl on the earlobe and the other behind! The one Alexa Chung wore perfectly well for a Valentino dinner earlier this month.
Having a look at the guests pictures from a party Dior hosted last week at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC it seems that the success of the Dior tribal earrings, which started to be sold in summer 2013, simply won’t fade. But after some seasons of alterations of the signature Dior double pearl style you won’t believe what a supersingly beautiful new earring style arrives in stores at the moment!
Just a short flashback – The Dior tribal earrings first hit retail floors around June 2013 as part of the pre-fall collection. However, at the couture presentations in July 2014, over one year later, they still seemed to be a favorite choice among front row guests! Want to get some styling clues on how they wore them?
Everyone, who knows a thing or two about Christian Dior, the heritage brand owned by the LVMH luxury conglomerate and modernized under the creative direction of Raf Simons, might have heard about their series of campaign videos entitled “Secret Garden”. The videos lensed by Inez and Vinoodh usually show the brands pre fall collection against the backdrop of the Château de Versailles. In 2014 we are in season 3 of “Secret Garden”! I personally like the videos a lot. They have something surreal, fairy tale like so reminiscent of Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland.
The Dior tribal earrings price is a question of debate. While the Dior homepage officially says 270 EURO for the initial pearl Mise en Dior tribal earring, 310 EURO for the kautschuk coated Gum Tee shirt and the metal Dior Tee shirt, resale prices on ebay and co. can be much higher. While in Paris about 2 weeks ago I found a store in the Marais, which offered an almost look alike earring for 29 EURO!!! Obviously its fake!?
Its old news that pearl jewelry made a big comeback this year with the key piece of the season being definitely the Mise en Dior tribal earrings. However, while vacationing in New York I only saw one woman at Bergdorf’s wearing a Dior tribal earring but a huge amount of woman wearing double pearl choker necklaces. So where did the trend originate from?
Seems that everyone is doing ellipse earrings at the moment! Maybe Delfina Delettrez started the trend with her surrealist lip, eye, bee pieces. Although their long sleek shape is really beautiful and particularly flatters a round face, the funny decorative elements never really matched my taste. As a matter of fact I was more than happy when I recently saw a simple double pearl version in the online store (Delfina Delettrez double pearl ellipse earrings, 395 EURO, http://www.delfinadelettrez.it). They are not only great to be worn alone, but also a fabulous paring with a variety of other earrings.