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Critics’ Choice Awards 2020: the curated ear is here to stay

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Anna Brech
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Whether you’re looking for dainty celestial studs or decadent gem clusters, let the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards be your inspiration for a curated ear.

Ever since Maria Tash spearheaded the movement for multiple piercings, the curated ear has been a fixture on red carpets and runways the world over.

And if the Critics’ Choice Awards in Hollywood last night is anything to go by, the trend is here to stay.

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Stars from Anne Hathaway to Cynthia Erivo made earrings a central part of their look on the red carpet this weekend; from delicate cuffs to twinkling helix rings and elaborate, gem-encrusted silhouettes well worthy of their Hollywood setting.

What’s striking is the way that these designs manage to strike a balance between decadent statement and something a little offbeat.

At its best, a curated ear is an expression of personality. It’s a symbol of (small-scale) rebellion; of someone who refuses to conform exactly to the rules, and at the same time is having fun with that fact.  

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Yet, as last night’s event shows, multiple piercings – whether modern and directional (hi there, Olivia Wilde) or elegant and romantic (looking at you, Lucy Hale) – can easily be dressed up as the final flourish to a signature gown or outfit.

In a way, a curated ear is the accessory world’s most talented multi-tasker, trading minimum effort for maximum effect. Come fill your boots with a dash of inspiration direct from Santa Monica:

  • Kristen Bell

  • Anne Hathaway

  • Cynthia Erivo

  • Olivia Wilde

  • Alison Brie

  • Lucy Hale

  • Susan Kelechi Watson

  • Keltie Knight

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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for stylist.co.uk. Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.

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