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At Paris Fashion Week, Who Dropped An Earring?

By Guan Tan

 
Loewe Fall/ Winter 2018

On the Loewe Fall/ Winter 2018 runway's look 8, the model donned a single, large hoop earring on the right.

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Sacai Fall/ Winter 2018

On the Sacai Fall/ Winter 2018 runway, a model wore a single, medium-sized hoop earring on the right.

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Sacai Fall/ Winter 2018

On the Sacai Fall/ Winter 2018 runway, a model wore a single, medium-sized hoop earring on the right.

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Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello Fall/ Winter 2018

On the Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello Fall/ Winter 2018 runway, a male model wore what looked like a single, tribal-inspired earring on the left.

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Valentino Fall/ Winter 2018

On the Valentino Fall/ Winter 2018 runway, a model wore a gold-plated feather single earring on the right, alongside pearl studded ear cuffs on the top of both ears.

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Valentino Fall/ Winter 2018

On the Valentino Fall/ Winter 2018 runway, a model wore a simple, unassuming pearl earring on the right.

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Valentino Fall/ Winter 2018

On the Valentino Fall/ Winter 2018 runway, a model wore a silver-woven dangling earring on the right, accessorised with a single silver clip-on ear stud at the top of her ear.

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When you think of the Paris fashion week that just passed, Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel Fall/ Winter 2018 autumn forest set comes to mind. You may have heard that Jun Takahashi announced that his brand UNDERCOVER will soon exit the womenswear universe. You may also have watched American actress Elle Fanning make her fashion runway debut as she opened the Miu Miu Fall/ Winter 2018 show. Yet, one thing went under the radar at Paris Fashion Week was perhaps the unassuming and seemingly lonely single earring hanging off models' earlobes. 

These single gems are easy to miss, but they have been on the runway for years now. The 'trend' could arguably be traced back to 2014 when the mismatched earring trend came to be – Dior Resort 2015, Céline Fall 2014, Dior Pre-Fall 2013. Back then, the industry shrugged off mismatched earrings as a passing trend. Little did they know that this trend would still be on the runways nine seasons on. The seemingly simple gesture of losing an earring cues at the changing rules of the fashion industry — it is perhaps, time to not fault yourself for dropping a diamond-studded earring on the streets, an Oscar de la Renta chandelier earring at a beach party, or a pearl earring at the cinema. 

While the single earring has stood the test of time, few jewellery brands are actually cashing in on it to sell a single earring. Well, there is no point in trying to look like you have just dropped an earring. There is some authenticity in this single earring look. 

From Valentino to John Galliano, Giambattista Valli, Balenciaga, Sacai, Lemaire, Vivienne Westwood, Loewe, Saint Laurent to Neith Nyer, there was always a lonesome, inconspicuous sparkle. Click through the gallery for the season's single earring looks.