Once a trademark accessory of the 1990s, ear cuffs slowly went the way of butterfly clips and tattoo necklaces. But now it appears the cuffs are making a comeback, at least according to the Spring 2013 designs by Jason Wu and Rodarte. Whereas the ‘90s ear cuff was all about grunge, today’s designs range from understated golden arcs to giant, gravity-defying pieces that could double as sculptural art. But the real draw of the ear cuff might be practical: since they rest comfortably along the edge of the ear, they’re easy to take off, unlike heavy chandelier earrings, which can easily weigh down pierced ears.
For nearly two years, Brooke deDiego, 29, led a double life. By day, she crunched numbers at a booming corporate firm in midtown Manhattan. But once night fell, Brooke traded her Excel spreadsheets for a jewelry saw and torch, churning out delicate, understated pieces for her line, Porter Gulch. The operation, based out of her Upper West Side apartment, has flourished in the two years since she set up her cyber shop. So much so that in early 2013, Brooke decided to say goodbye to the corporate world and focus full-time on jewelry design and production. Here, she dishes on falling in love with design, the “scariness” of leaving her job in finance, and why she loves being her own boss.
For a store that sells a Gravel and Gold boob tote, In God We Trust is surprisingly tasteful. Sure, there are skull-and-crossbones flasks and a line of Sweet Nothing necklaces engraved with obscene come-ons, but just check out the Cocoa Shimmy ankle dress or the Castro sunglasses and it's clear the store also possesses a hip vintage sensibility. Even the spring 2013 apparel collection, which the brand claims was inspired by "ice cream cones…dirt bikes, weed, and porn," evokes a '50s family picnic as much as '80s adult entertainment.