Harper’s Bazaar described it an “edgy yet understated entrée into the world of facial jewelry” while Elle magazine called it a “must-try jewelry trend.” Teen Vogue wondered “if this is the next major jewelry trend we’ll all be trying this fall.”
The columnists for each of these publications were offering their critiques of actress/model Cara Delevingne’s foray into the world of lip cuffs, a near circular piece of jewelry that hugs the wearer’s lower lip without the need for piercing.
Us Weekly reported that the 23-year-old Delevingne was seen wearing the lip cuff on no fewer than six occasions over the past month. Some editors originally thought the model had her lip pierced, but as Delevingne switched from single-stem lip rings to double-stem versions, it was apparent the rings were actually cuffs.
The non-invasive, commitment-free, one-size-fits-all lip cuffs allow the user to change styles easily and often. It’s being touted as a sophisticated face accessory that proves “less in more.”
On Monday night, Delevingne attended the Chanel Exhibition Party at London’s Saatchi Gallery, where all the editorial attention seemed to be on a thin cuff centered on her bottom lip.
Four days earlier, she had worn a diamond-embellished double-stem version at London’s Women in the World event. Us Weekly reported that the lip adornment was designed by a Los Angeles-based company, Established Jewelry, and retailed for $1,610.
The single-stem version has a diameter of 10mm, a thickness of 1mm and is available in three metal types: 18-karat white, yellow or rose gold.
Might the lip cuff have mainstream appeal? When asked by Us Weekly via an instant online poll if they would try the edgy accessory, about half (193) answered “Yes — so cool!,” while nearly as many (190) answered “Nope, sticking to ear cuffs, thanks.”
Credits: Instagram/EstablishedJewelry; EstablishedJewelry.com; UsMagazine.com screen capture; Getty Images.