Admittedly, it may have been a while since I last popped on a hair clip, band, slide or clasp. Was it my last day at school? Sometime in the 1980s? I’m not too sure, but one thing I do know for certain is that this season is witnessing the return of the hair accessory. And these useful updaters are back as beautiful pieces to adorn and enhance any hair style. Think of them as part of your jewellery collection, as an alternative or an addition to earrings. “Hair accessories are certainly an emerging trend and, I predict, one we will continue to see more of,” says Lisa Aiken, retail fashion director at Net-a-Porter.
The trend was kicked off when a plethora of hair accessories was paraded down the spring/summer 2018 catwalks. All Alessandra Rich’s 1980s-reminiscent looks were topped off with either statement crystal earrings (from £190) or a crystal hairband (£235) – or indeed, both at the same time. For the less extrovert dresser, the Swarovski crystals placed along parted hair lines at Dries Van Noten were exquisitely discreet. At Versace, Donatella chose demure gold-tone hairpins (£190 each) for her models. And Simone Rocha’s gorgeous faux-pearl clips (from £75) would be a good choice for any chic summer bride; in jet, they lend glitter to an all-black evening look. “I love their functionality,” says Rocha. “They not only hold your hair in place but frame the face. Hair accessories can look regal on women of all ages.”
Jewellers, too, are turning their attention to the art of hair adornment. Tilly Thomas Lux, the British brand that creates both seasonal and bespoke pieces for brides, caused a small sensation late last year with its Shooting Star hair jewels collection (£180 each). According to founder and designer Sally Thomas, women are buying her vintage-style crystal pins, handmade crowns and decorative combs not only for weddings, but also for evening events and galas.
For daytime chic, French fine jeweller Charlotte Chesnais, a former Balenciaga designer, has a collection of minimalist hair clips that serve as the perfect fastener for a low-key, Parisian-style chignon or a half ponytail. Her handmade egg (£180), turtle (£150) and shell (£200) designs are available in gold- or silver-plated brass.
Increasingly popular are the hair piece designs created by London-based fine jewellery label Alighieri, which are inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. Rosh Mahtani, the brand’s founder and designer, was inspired to make her own pieces when she couldn’t find anything suitable for herself. Cast from 24ct-gold-plated bronze, these intriguing, storied accessories are made to order and include The Bea Hairband (£490), The Broken Memory Hairpin (£110) and The Long Game Hair Clip (£250). And according to Net-a-Porter’s Aiken, The Over-Thinker Hair Tie (£195) is “the ultimate answer to a bad hair day”. Perhaps not one from the Inferno, but nevertheless. This year it’s time to get ahead with a beautiful hair accessory or two.