IN ONE EAR, OUT THE OTHER

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Style -

labret hoops at Dion Lee, sep­tum rings at Ri­hanna’s Fenty x Puma show, belly­but­ton pierc­ings on proud dis­play at DKNY, and sculp­tural cuffs dec­o­rat­ing ears at Alexan­der McQueen. Aus­tralian model Ol­lie Hen­der­son ex­plains the ra­tio­nale be­hind her pierc­ings: “As a model, you don’t have the op­por­tu­nity to change your ap­pear­ance, so pierc­ing was a chance to re­claim my body with­out af­fect­ing my ca­reer.” For Smith, ex­press­ing per­sonal style through pierc­ings that blend seam­lessly with one’s life­style is of ut­most im­por­tance. “It’s ex­pen­sive and semi-per­ma­nent, so I want it to make sense whether you’re at the gym or a fancy event,” he says. “It needs to be el­e­gant enough to look good with any­thing.” To those with Pin­ter­est-found im­agery of art­fully cu­rated lobes, hop­ing to recre­ate the look ex­actly—a word of warn­ing: “Start small. You’ll have some ups and downs over the months of heal­ing.” Also im­por­tant to note are the po­ten­tial acupunc­tural ef­fects of a pierc­ing. Syd­ney­based acupunc­tur­ist Rodd Sanchez ex­plains, “When you place me­tal into the body, you are con­duct­ing a charge of elec­tri­cal im­pulses. Ini­tially, you will get a rush of those en­dor­phins and neo-trans­mit­ters in the brain.” Sug­gest­ing a con­sul­ta­tion with an au­ric­u­lar spe­cial­ist for those with health con­cerns, he notes the ef­fects of cer­tain place­ments. “We use fil­ters, light, and colour to seek out the points that will be most stim­u­lated. Us­ing dif­fer­ent met­als will get you dif­fer­ent re­sults.” Does Smith be­lieve the prac­tice of pierc­ing has cu­ra­tive ben­e­fits? “I don’t know if it does or if it doesn’t—but I be­lieve in the power of the brain,” he says. “I just want the whole thing, from start to fin­ish, to be this beau­ti­ful process. Pierc­ings re­ally do stay with peo­ple, so I’d just like to take that ex­pe­ri­ence to a whole new level. It can be heal­ing in such a weird way.”

Stella Mc­Cart­ney Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’16 So­nia Rykiel Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’16

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