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The Earrings That Go With Any Fall Wardrobe

Three ways to get the drop on the newest looks in jewelry.

Crater Earrings by Lizzie Fortunato

Poppy Crater Earrings, $185.
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The Characteristics
Lizzie Fortunato, a hip jewelry and leather goods brand, was started in 2008 by twins Kathryn and Lizzie Fortunato. Lizzie designs the collections, while Kathryn, who left her job in 2010 as an investment banking associate at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., runs the financial side. These striking three-inch-long Crater earrings, with silk fringe attached to brass fasteners, come in a variety of colors, including black, gold, and poppy (pictured).

The Competition
At $185 for the pair, the earrings occupy an underserved niche in the accessories market—they’re just expensive enough to feel special, without the sticker shock. The brand crafts its jewelry in New York and sells it online and at specialty boutiques. Competing labels include independent designers such as Pamela Love, as well as larger fashion brands like Rachel Comey.

The Case
Combining a bright red with a chandelier shape, the Crater earrings are on trend for fall. The silk fringe recalls the vintage textiles of Morocco, Turkey, and Guatemala, and the geometric gold-plated brass fasteners reference the sculptural forms of Ellsworth Kelly, Etel Adnan, and other artists. They’re an affordable autumn statement piece, perfect for dressing up any outfit. $185

 

Stella Earrings by Agmes

Stella Earrings, $540.
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The Characteristics
Agmes is a jewelry line also created by sisters, Morgan and Jaclyn Solomon, in 2016. All the pieces are handmade in New York, primarily from recycled precious metals, with dedication to the smallest environmental footprint possible. These 2.5-inch-long Stella earrings, available in sterling silver and gold vermeil, are your safest bet when it comes to the “swingy earrings” trend. 

The Competition
At $540 for the pair, the earrings sit squarely in the emerging brands category, appearing regularly on the ears and necks of such models as Chrissy Teigen and Martha Hunt, as well as actresses like Maggie Gyllenhaal. The line is carried at downtown shops such as Creatures of Comfort and Forty Five Ten, along with online boutiques from Barneys and Moda Operandi.

The Case
For the sculptural shape, the Solomon sisters draw inspiration from architecture, referencing Le Corbusier and Cini Boeri, whose couch inspired the “Boeri” ring that remains one of the duo’s most popular styles. The Stella earrings recall the work of Anish Kapoor as if filtered through the lens of Elsa Peretti. They are perfect to try out on a special holiday occasion, but good luck waiting until then. $540

 

Colorblock Single Earring by Céline

Colorblock Single Earring, $1,000 per piece.
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The Characteristics
Céline, the fashion powerhouse founded in 1945 by minimalist-chic evangelist Céline Vipiana, is now run by creative director Phoebe Philo as part of the portfolio of LVMH. These hypoallergenic colorblock fringe earrings are sold as singles, part of a growing preference for the “mono-earring,” a piece of jewelry that can either stand alone, or as a mismatched pair, with an alternate version of the design, as seen here.

The Competition
At $1,000 per piece, Céline’s version is on the high end of the mono-earring set. It’s more colorful than Alexander McQueen’s single $395 version, which sets hand-cut black pyrite stone in brass, yet it’s also more subdued than this Louis Vuitton $875 statement piece, with its prominent V riff on the logo. For those who want a more downtown look in a similar price range, Hermès’s Chaîne d’Ancre Punk earring is a $990 safety pin in sterling silver. 

The Case
For its fall collection this year, the minimalist-chic French brand joined the fashion industry’s recent embrace of previously meh semi-precious metals, which here includes materials such as brass and multicolored glass. Wear them as singles to stand out alongside a colorful dress, or mismatch them as an upscale answer to dressed-down jeans. $1,000 

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