iN dEpTh: The EarRinGs BeComE ThE Thing aT tomE fW17

Words by Rosie Dalton
Photography by Sophie Brockwell

 

In the accessories department, Tome Fall/Winter 2017 paid homage to the inherent power of the statement earring — reiterating the unique power for striking ear-wear to update the seasonality of your wardrobe. Writing for British Vogue, Sarah Harris recently pointed out that the earring has become The Thing. As in, the decorative focal point under which designers have now become united. This is a concept that really came to life throughout the Tome FW17 presentation at New York Fashion Week. Where the sculptural earrings that swung from earlobes elevated garments anchored in stylish simplicity. Crafted in collaboration with Swarovski, these boldly crystallised forms punctuated clean lines and feminine drape effortlessly.

In her article for British Vogue, Harris pointed out how the humble lobe adornment has come to make up almost half the total mix of Matchesfashion.coms jewellery categories. And buying director Natalie Kingham agrees with Harris that there’s great power in the ear ornament. Not least of all because earrings can have a transformative effect on your outfit — framing your face and distracting, for example, from the fact that you couldn’t be bothered to wash your hair this morning. This transformative effect extends to even the most minimalistic of outfits as well.

“As the catwalks — and, in turn, our wardrobes — fill with harder-working investment clothes in clean, minimal shapes and clever neutral tones,” Harris writes. “We’re having to look elsewhere for a frisson of excitement: to ears, in fact. Add an earring to those clothes and it sets the look alight.” The same is true for our increasing interest in sporty lines too; an aesthetic to which earrings can lend instant femininity and finesse. With this in mind then, earrings not only elevate your look, but are also unique in their ability to update the seasonality of your wardrobe.

Take Tome, for instance, where the earrings alone have the power to instantly anchor your look in the audacious spirit and sharp lines of the FW17 season. A collection inspired by sculpture as an art form, designers Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin turned to Dorothea Tanning and Alina Szapocznikow for inspiration. Tanning’s feminine forms were built into the structure of their “pussy hat pink” dresses, for example. While Szapocznikow’s stacked, angular sculptures felt palpable in the Tome x Swarovski earrings. Together, this combination stood as a testament to female strength reminiscent of the Women’s March earlier this year.

Coupled with an authentic approach to inclusivity, Tome’s sustainable collection reminded us of the essential power behind making a statement — whether that’s through marching in protest, or wearing a pair of the boldest earrings you can find. And perhaps the best part about these arresting outfit updates is the fact that, as with most accessories, they have the potential to last you for many years to come. If that’s not the most masterful stroke of genius in the style stakes, then I don’t know what is.

In the accessories department, Tome Fall/Winter 2017 paid homage to the inherent power of the statement earring — reiterating the unique power for striking ear-wear to update the seasonality of your wardrobe. Writing for British Vogue, Sarah Harris recently pointed out that the earring has become The Thing. As in, the decorative focal point under which designers have now become united. This is a concept that really came to life throughout the Tome FW17 presentation at New York Fashion Week. Where the sculptural earrings that swung from earlobes elevated garments anchored in stylish simplicity. Crafted in collaboration with Swarovski, these boldly crystallised forms punctuated clean lines and feminine drape effortlessly.

In her article for British Vogue, Harris pointed out how the humble lobe adornment has come to make up almost half the total mix of Matchesfashion.coms jewellery categories. And buying director Natalie Kingham agrees with Harris that there’s great power in the ear ornament. Not least of all because earrings can have a transformative effect on your outfit — framing your face and distracting, for example, from the fact that you couldn’t be bothered to wash your hair this morning. This transformative effect extends to even the most minimalistic of outfits as well.

“As the catwalks — and, in turn, our wardrobes — fill with harder-working investment clothes in clean, minimal shapes and clever neutral tones,” Harris writes. “We’re having to look elsewhere for a frisson of excitement: to ears, in fact. Add an earring to those clothes and it sets the look alight.” The same is true for our increasing interest in sporty lines too; an aesthetic to which earrings can lend instant femininity and finesse. With this in mind then, earrings not only elevate your look, but are also unique in their ability to update the seasonality of your wardrobe.

Take Tome, for instance, where the earrings alone have the power to instantly anchor your look in the audacious spirit and sharp lines of the FW17 season. A collection inspired by sculpture as an art form, designers Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin turned to Dorothea Tanning and Alina Szapocznikow for inspiration. Tanning’s feminine forms were built into the structure of their “pussy hat pink” dresses, for example. While Szapocznikow’s stacked, angular sculptures felt palpable in the Tome x Swarovski earrings. Together, this combination stood as a testament to female strength reminiscent of the Women’s March earlier this year.

Coupled with an authentic approach to inclusivity, Tome’s sustainable collection reminded us of the essential power behind making a statement — whether that’s through marching in protest, or wearing a pair of the boldest earrings you can find. And perhaps the best part about these arresting outfit updates is the fact that, as with most accessories, they have the potential to last you for many years to come. If that’s not the most masterful stroke of genius in the style stakes, then I don’t know what is.

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