Star Power: Dramatic Drops

Celeb stylist Michael O’Connor examines drop earrings on the red carpet and how they can make your customers look fabulous.


Published in the July/August 2013 issue



The event was entitled “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” However, most attendees steered away from chaos and veered to the couture side of the tracks. When it came to jewelry, the hottest trend shown wasn’t the hard-edge safety-pin and spike inspired pieces of the ’80s, it was a look back to a more recent and glamorous trend: Dramatic and dangling drops reminiscent of styles from the beginning of this millennium.


Drop earrings are a vital part of every woman’s jewelry wardrobe and can serve several purposes in terms of styling. Short drops create sparkle and movement around the face, which can be very flattering and feminine. Drops that stop at the jaw line augment the natural frame of the face and are perfect for women with softer jaw lines. Mid-neck-length drops can give the illusion of a longer, leaner neckline and add height to women with shorter necks, while very long drops will add drama to women with longer necks and minimize the need for a necklace.


1 Amanda Seyfried:Terminating just below the jaw line, Amanda’s darkened metal and gemstone earrings picked up both the colors in her gown while giving the illusion of length to her neck and space between them and the neckline of the gown.

2 Blake Lively: The lines and powerful size of Blake’s earrings mimicked the organic-inspired embroidery pattern on her dress, while the extreme length complemented the long train of the gown. No necklace was needed for this choice that added height and a flirtatious feel to the outfit.

MICHAEL O’CONNOR president of Style & Substance Inc., a marketing and communications agency offering services and consultation to the jewelry and luxury industries. Additionally, O’Connor is a celebrity stylist and television commentator seen on a variety of national television programs.
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