Update 9/27/12: Following the controversy over these earrings, Dolce & Gabbana has given an explanation: the jewelry is “a reference to Sicily’s traditional Moorish-inspired artifacts.” Vogue UK explains, “The show jewellery is reminiscent of ornate ceramics that often appear in Sicilian homes, restaurants and hotels. The head is inspired by traditional Moorish people, a term used to describe the Medieval Muslim inhabitants of Sicily.” [Vogue UK]
Lots of conversation in The Frisky offices just now about whether these Dolce And Gabbana earrings of a black woman with a basket of fruit on her head are straight-up racist or just … odd. On the one hand, the earrings depict a very stereotypical, some might say colonialist, idea of a black woman: very dark skin, a head scarf wrapped on her head, the basket of fruit. The earrings are worn by a model who appears at first glance to be Caucasian and Dolce and Gabbana is a European luxury company, which makes it seem as if wearing “black women’s heads as earrings” is a fashion statement about how “exotic” black people are. (Another “exotic” example? Victoria Secret’s “Sexy Little Geisha” outfit.) And it’s not just the earrings that raised eyebrows; style blog Refinery 29 reports Dolce and Gabbana’s spring 2013 collection included “burlap dresses” and “fruit cornucopias” which suggested an ode to “a long-lost colonial era.” Keep reading »
If there are two things I love in this world, it’s the mail system and vintage travel ephemera. If I had to choose a third thing to add to my love list, it would be miniaturized versions of things (coming in a distant fourth would be my boyfriend, tied with lasagna). So as you can imagine, these teeny tiny air mail envelope earrings, which are made to order by an Etsy jewelry maker, are pretty much my life dream status. Someday I’ll wear these babies to take a trip around the world. With my mailman. [$8, Etsy]
In honor of Rad Reads Week, we thought a literary weekend project was in order. How about these adorable DIY book earrings? Craft yourself a pair that resembles your favorite book or make some with a sweet inscription for your bookworm BFF. Either way, they’d be a welcome addition to any book lover’s library–er, jewelry box. [WikiHow]
Ever since I bought a pair of super long, beaded, colorful earrings in San Francisco, I have been obsessed with adding more earrings to my jewelry collection that MAKE A STATEMENT. The statement? “My earrings are fucking crazy and I don’t need any other accessories, hell, I don’t need to even be wearing any clothes because your eyes will be fixated on my earlobes.” Here are eight pairs that accomplish that, on the cheap.
We’re obsessed with “Game Of Thrones.” Obsessed! I just finished watching all of seasons one and two in, like, two weeks. And Amelia’s now reading the books. I want to wear their weird medieval gowns, and have handmaidens to do my hair, and oh! The jewelry? So that’s why we’re particularly smitten with jewelry designer Wendy Brandes’ collection of fine jewelry, that’s very reminiscent of Cersei, Sansa, Dany and the lot. Prices for the collection start at around $1,800, and are made with real gold and precious stones, so start saving now. Brandes also has a lower-priced line called Wendy B. that’s pretty cute, too!
From left, top row: Isabella Wolf-Gang Necklace, $7,000; Empress Wu Earrings, price upon request; Aventurine Pendant, $12,500; Onyx Skull Ring, price on request
From left, bottom row: Nefertiti Poison Ring, $6,000; Matilda Sword Earrings, $15,000; Empress Wu Dragon Ring, price upon request; Xenobia Ring, $6,000.
Earrings are a great accessory to play with during the summer because they look incredible with warm weather hairstyles like updos and ponytails. Bright, bold earrings not only add interest to an outfit, they highlight your neck and collarbone. So pretty. If you’re in the market for some new earrings, check out these 10 fabulous pairs from Etsy–they’re guaranteed to make a statement!