Stuck in a hair rut? Let AW18’s influx of next level hair accessories give your day-to-day look a sparkling new lease of life that’s more high fashion than Gucci’s baby dragon clutch bags.
From Erdem’s 1920s aristocrat-inspired polka dot face veils, to Tom Ford’s 80s hair metal leather sweatbands, these are the most beaut fashion week hair accessories to add your collection ASAP.
Show To Note: Chanel
To the unassuming eye the hair at Chanel’s leafy-themed AW18 show was a simple ‘post-gym’ top knot. But our beady eyed investigations discovered a secret bling hair clip adorning the back of each satisfyingly achievable bun. Swiftly becoming a signature of hair legend Sam McKnight (he was behind the monogrammed hair clips at Max Mara as well), the iconic Chanel double C hair clip just became fashion week’s most sought after hair accessory.
Show To Note: Erdem
Ever one to give London Fashion Week a much-needed hit of romanticism and Victoriana, Erdem didn’t disappoint for AW18, sending a crowd of ‘1920s aristocratic women who mean business and could change a tyre at the drop of a hat’ down the runway.
All flapper girl stained aubergine lips and smokey eyes, models were given a final throwback flourish with black and white sheer polka dot veils designed to look like they’d been ‘caught in the wind on the estate.’
Show To Note: Max Mara
If it’s not monogrammed did it even happen? If we’re going by Max Mara’s latest ‘M’ shape crystal hair clips, then no. Created by hair legend Sam McKnight, the bling hair accessories were inspired, as he put it on Instagram, ‘rather unwittingly @maxmara today from the legend that is @judyblame.
‘After I turned the hair into an explosion of feather-like dreads, I spotted a pile of glittering brooches on @Ian Mackey_griffiths1 desk and swiftly gathered the hair together and pinned the M in place. A perfect finish to what was an early eighties London-influenced collection. Thank you dear Judy, your influence will be felt forever.‘
Show To Note: Tom Ford
Somewhere between hair metal bandanas and 80s sweat bands, Tom Ford’s black leather head wraps were custom made for his AW18 show.
Styled by backstage hair legend Orland Pita, tousled, messy updos combed with fingers instead of brushes are the only way to wear this hair accessory. Just remember to tease out a few strands at the back for AW18’s homage to the mullet.
Show To Note: Ashish
Of all the decade mash-ups going on backstage at London Fashion Week (40s meets 70s at Temperley London, 30s meet Victoriana at Erdem etc.) the 1960s Bollywood make-up clashed with late 90s butterfly hair clips at Ashish was the most surprising.
Partly because we never expected to see the nostalgia-inducing market stall hair clips in a sartorially acceptable way ever again. And partly, because we were kind of into it.
Show To Note: Faustine Steinmetz
A mix and match of your mum’s tortoiseshell barrettes was the accessory of choice at Faustine Steinmetz. The business in the front, party in the back look was a cultural melting pot of classic French twists adorned with multiple hair clips that referenced the Geisha tradition of wearing several Kanzashi ornaments to indicate social status.
Show To Note: Alexander Wang
Continuing the throwback 90s mum hair vibes was Alexander Wang where models sported slicked back twists finished with a classic crocodile clip. Usually our go-to post-shower solution to unruly hair, Wang’s silver reincarnation elevated the humble hair accessory from a practical necessity, to a seriously chic, minimal updo adornment.
Or what we’re calling, the lazy fashion girl’s way to add instant style points.
Show To Note: Prabal Gurung
If you thought that’s where the retro hair accessory hype stopped, you’d be wrong. Giving David Beckham’s favourite plastic zig zag hairband from the 90s a New York Fashion Week-approved comeback was Prabal Gurung courtesy of hair pro Anthony Turner.
‘It’s reminiscent of the “day after”‘, Claudio Lazo, Turner’s hair co-collaborator, told the Cut. ‘Think of going to yoga class on Sunday morning and your hair’s slightly done from the night before. You add a little water to slick down the hairline. You twist the ponytail into a figure eight bun. It looks youthful, organic … like a ballerina.’
Show To Note: Simone Rocha
From last season’s seriously lust-worthy pearl barrettes, to AW18’s embellished crystal bows, Simone Rocha’s hair accessory game is always on point.
Backstage, hair pro James Pecis gave woven, personalised plaits a girl Rocha-esque finishing touch with black ribbons and beaded bow barrettes. The way to wear it for AW18? Nab two different sizes, one for each side of your head, and place them just above your temple.
Show To Note: Zadig & Voltaire
For AW18, Zadig & Voltaire added an unexpected dash of show girl in the form of diamante and feathered hair slides to an otherwise classic biker-inspired collection.
And you’ll hear no complaints about the cultural collision from us. To half quote Joey from Friends, ‘Crystals – good. Feathers – good. Minimal but totally beaut ways to do statement-making hair – gooooooood.’
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