Collar Grazing

Words by Rosie Dalton
Photography courtesy of Vogue Runway

Saint Laurent SS18 via Vogue Runway
Saint Laurent SS18 via Vogue Runway

“I want to tell the story of Saint Laurent, of Paris—nothing more deeply than that,” said Anthony Vaccarello after his most recent presentation at Paris Fashion Week. Saint Laurent SS18 was about the same sort of sex appeal for which the brand has become renowned over recent years. All slick leathers and long legs, it was yet another masterclass in the Parisian appeal of all black. But what struck me most about this show wasn’t so much the clothes; it was the collar-grazing earrings worn by models such as Kaia Gerber.

Here, Cindy Crawford’s daughter made a very compelling case for teaming strapless silhouettes with dramatic drop earrings that swing down past the collarbone. And if anything could truly capture the spirit of On the Collar, I think it is this. Over recent years we have certainly seen a resurgence in the statement earring – especially those that fit within the frame of a selfie – but perhaps these chest-skimming proportions are now the new Millennial mainstay.

As clothing shifts towards simpler silhouettes and colour palettes – especially in Paris, of all places – few things seem to counterbalance this quite so well as a dramatic drop earring, swinging like a pendulum. There is something inherently sexy about this style, but there is also an essential versatility at play here too. After all, a good earring can instantly transform a workday outfit for evening drinks or dinner. And with my own hair newly chopped, I must say that I find Vaccarello’s collar-grazing earrings particularly compelling for offsetting these abbreviated lengths. My new mantra? Shorter hair, cooler earrings.

“I want to tell the story of Saint Laurent, of Paris—nothing more deeply than that,” said Anthony Vaccarello after his most recent presentation at Paris Fashion Week. Saint Laurent SS18 was about the same sort of sex appeal for which the brand has become renowned over recent years. All slick leathers and long legs, it was yet another masterclass in the Parisian appeal of all black. But what struck me most about this show wasn’t so much the clothes; it was the collar-grazing earrings worn by models such as Kaia Gerber.

Here, Cindy Crawford’s daughter made a very compelling case for teaming strapless silhouettes with dramatic drop earrings that swing down past the collarbone. And if anything could truly capture the spirit of On the Collar, I think it is this. Over recent years we have certainly seen a resurgence in the statement earring – especially those that fit within the frame of a selfie – but perhaps these chest-skimming proportions are now the new Millennial mainstay.

As clothing shifts towards simpler silhouettes and colour palettes – especially in Paris, of all places – few things seem to counterbalance this quite so well as a dramatic drop earring, swinging like a pendulum. There is something inherently sexy about this style, but there is also an essential versatility at play here too. After all, a good earring can instantly transform a workday outfit for evening drinks or dinner. And with my own hair newly chopped, I must say that I find Vaccarello’s collar-grazing earrings particularly compelling for offsetting these abbreviated lengths. My new mantra? Shorter hair, cooler earrings.

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