Like leather jackets, LBDs and the perfect pair of jeans, hoop earrings are a classic fashion staple that has transcended time. The jewelry actually dates back to ancient Sumerian, Egyptian, Roman and Greek eras and was also a symbol for pirates and sailors, who wore them to mark their travels. Hoops have since become contemporary classics, especially for music artists in search of a high-impact, face-framing look, as Dolly Parton and Diana Ross did in the 1970s. This spring, hoops have made a comeback, most notably on stars like Jennifer Lopez, Solange Knowles and Alicia Keys, who have all been spotted wearing Jennifer Fisher's versions of the earrings, which the designer updated for this season in thick gold and a few different shapes, like squares and ovals. The New York-based designer has had different versions of hoops in her collection since she launched her line in 2006, but this season it was singer Sade and model Adwoa Aboah that informed her inspiration. "(The pictures) hung on my inspiration wall for months," says Fisher. "They were the inspiration for bringing back the hoops. Once we went bolder they took off!"
The earrings have been everywhere this spring, dressing the lobes of Selena Gomez for her Vogue cover, dangling from the ears of Mary J. Blige while performing onstage, flashed boldly by Jennifer Lopez while on the arm of Alex Rodriguez and making a more discreet appearance on Solange at Coachella. The most popular style is the designer's three-inch Samira hoops, which Fisher named after Elle magazine's fashion director Samira Nasr and her love of Janet Jackson's famous "Rhythm Nation" earrings. "I don't think it's a trend reserved only for music artists, but (they) tend to have less fear in expressing their personal style, so you see them more on musicians," explains the designer. "Rihanna and Alicia Keys can rock gigantic hoops like no other and look flawless." Jennifer Fisher Samira hoops, $650; jenniferfisher.com