The Modern Icon: Bottega Veneta's Drop earrings

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Bottega Veneta's Drop earrings are back in stock Kate Green/BAFTA

Many ‘It’ pieces are made in the hands of a Hadid, but most fall out of fashion as quickly as they came in. In fact, few viral must-haves manage to maintain their desirability for longer than a single season. But, a far from a flash-in-the-pan accessory is Bottega Veneta’s Drop earrings, which have withstood the whims of the trend cycle to become a contemporary mainstay – and the A-list approval is still going strong.

From Kendall Jenner to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (and Bella, of course), the Drops have been seen framing so many famous faces – including those of breakout stars Savanah Leaf and Afsaneh Dehrouyeh on this year's BAFTA red carpet – but it’s actually the wearability of these bold earrings that underpins the continuing demand.

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The oversized silhouette, available in sterling silver and 18kt yellow-gold plating, is smoothly sculpted to resemble an oversized water droplet, and curves around the ear from above the lobe. There are two sizes available: the smaller makes a statement, but the larger is truly memorable.

Perhaps surprisingly, these large, sculptural metal studs can be styled with pretty much anything. Take your cues from Huntington-Whiteley and use them to lift a palette of neutral separates, or take the Gen Z route and let them elevate a Nineties-era look. Once the temperatures climb, a tank top and silk slip skirt make obvious partners, while on cooler days they’ll look just as good with supple leather trousers. Truly, the styling opportunities are plentiful.

london, england february 18 afsaneh dehrouyeh attends the 2024 ee bafta film awards at the royal festival hall on february 18, 2024 in london, england photo by karwai tangwireimage
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Demonstrating their season-transcending appeal, the Drop earrings first appeared on Matthieu Blazy’s autumn/winter 2022 runway – his first as creative director of the house. Since then, they’ve sold out, reappeared, and been reinvented in a multitude of guises: in ridged silver metal (Hailey Bieber’s choice), painted with primary-hued enamel, and sliced to reveal slivers of lacquer in tell-tale Bottega Green.

For SS24, there's a new member of the club to covet: the Fin is the angular sister to the Drop, available in sterling silver and 18kt gold-plated metal. Already selling out more than once, they're clearly set for the same hype.

Akin to Blazy’s blockbuster bags for the brand, these sculptural designs demonstrate the design nous powering the Bottega boom: they’re an investment piece made to be seen, but not one that will fade into the back of the wardrobe come the new season. Polished and sleek, they speak to the consumer that favours clean lines over filigree sparkle, summing up how so many of us want to wear jewellery today.

Really, it’s little wonder the brand has struggled to keep them in stock. An 'It' piece with proven longevity? Sign us up.

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