When the Council of Fashion Designers of America honored luminaries of the fashion world June 6, one particular earring stole the show.
The actress Kirsten Dunst turned heads (and generated lots of likes and shares on social media) for her groovy (very real) orchid earrings. It’s a look your wedding and prom customers may soon be swooning over.
Dunst’s ensemble was a carryover from a new Rodarte line, and part of a collaboration with the Los Angeles-based floral designer Joseph Free, who created a collection of wearable flower jewelry for the fashion house’s Fall 2016 runway show. That collection included callas as well as oncidiums and phalaenopsises, worn in models’ hair and on their ears and arm.
“[Rodarte] had certain inspirations like Art Nouveau, romanticism, and then ephemerality, so that was the inspiration for adding the fresh flowers,” Free told Vogue in February. “They made sketches of what they wanted, and though it’s evolved a little bit, it looks a lot like how they sketched it out and what their concept was.”
Vogue noted approvingly that Free’s creations are a” far cry from the flower crowns or adornments one might expect. They hang daintily from Rodarte’s earrings, dusting models’ necks, and weave their way through chignons.”
“My inspiration was to get more gold things and have pieces dangle so there’s a movement to it,” Free told Vogue. “It’s easy enough to pull the flowers off, so you could just pull them off [the jewelry backing] and put another one on. They’re playful.”