Magazine article Variety

Oscar Ear Candy

Magazine article Variety

Oscar Ear Candy

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An army of black gowns made a powerful statement on the Golden Globes red carpet - and provided the perfect backdrop to one of the evening's less-solemn trends: statement earrings. Stylist Erica Cloud says the striking jewelry adorning stars' lobes was a way "to both demonstrate a total show of unity and solidarity, but also, because we're all so different, still reflect everybody's individuality." Cloud's client, "This Is Us" star Mandy Moore, accented the scarlet sash of her Rosie Assoulin gown with custom-made drops by Irene Neuwirth featuring fire-opal hearts and pink tourmalines.

While whimsical earrings may seem an unlikely accompaniment to such a somber occasion, stylist Tara Swennen sees it as a reflection of the world today. "As we all know, fashion goes in waves, and I think right now it's hitting that playful wave again, probably due to the climate at the moment and people really trying to find relief," says Swennen, who dressed Golden Globe winner Allison Janney in a Mario Dice gown offset by dazzling Lorraine Schwartz earrings. "As ridiculous as it sounds, sometimes accessorizing can be a fun way to do that."

Swennen also works with Kristen Stewart, Caitriona Balfe and Whitney Cummings.

Erin Walsh, who dressed "The Deuce" nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal for the Globes, says she's even started wearing earrings again herself, after many years' hiatus.

"I feel like it's not just on the red carpet. It's on the street. It's in the air," says Walsh. "I honestly think it's fun. Do you know what too? I think people are feeling more comfortable dressing like versions of themselves versus just, you know, products of stylists or whatnot. People are becoming more and more collaborative in the process, and that's really exciting."

Speaking of collaborating, Gyllenhaal reached out to her childhood friend Sophie Buhai who designed her 7%-inch pearl drops. …

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