Hairbands, headpieces, elaborate hats and all decoration in the general head area has been the crowning glory of the fashion world for a while now, but it is a trend that shows no signs of wilting. An old-worldly way to top off an outfit, such decoration is an almost nostalgic nod to the days when men would tip their hats on cobbled streets and a lady wasn’t ‘done’ without a hat.
These associations combined with deep-rooted hippie tendencies have led to my current addiction to adorning my hair with flowers, bows and whatever other haberdashery treats find their way to my dressing table.
A less scattered version of the trend was seen on catwalks from Marni to Nathan Jenden, while oddly shaped yet compelling hats were everywhere from Biba to Burberry. New designers such as Rizvi Millinery and J. Smith Esquire are producing exquisite pieces that look like they have been hiding in a dusty attic amongst enchanted butterflies and chests of old skulls and love letters.
The lovely thing about this trend is that it can be worn in countless different ways, making it less ‘trend’ and more ‘personal quirk’. Elaborate old-fashioned hats are a world away from a little ribbon pinned in a ponytail – and both distract beautifully from a bad hair day….