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August 21 2014

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D.I.Y. Bows, Bands, And Barrettes

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Minnie Mouse acolytes worldwide presumably let out of a collective shout of glee last week when jumbo-sized bows colored the Marc by Marc Jacobs presentation. A second showing at Luella yesterday no doubt sent them into excitement overload. Yes, bows—the bigger the better—appear to be having a moment. In fact, there’s a substantial hair accessories trend in the air for Spring. Designers are crafting ties, clips, and the like to cajole impulse purchases at the register, but their handiwork, as it turns out, is quite duplicable at home. See below for our guide to dressing up your tresses on the cheap.

Bowing Out

The key to getting maximum fullness to your bow like the one hairstylist Guido Palau fastened at Marc by Marc Jacobs is making sure that the fabric you tie up in your hair is thinner in the middle then on the ends.

How To: Pick your favorite print, cut out a thick ribbon that is about three feet in length and at its narrowest width in the center, tie, and fan out for maximum impact.

Just Bead It

For her Spring presentation, Carolina Herrera wanted pops of sparkle to peek out of models’ hair, so she fashioned a headband with long strands of opalescent beads, which hairstylist Orlando Pita displayed through loose chignons.


How To: The headband itself should be worn further back on your head than usual, even underneath a top layer of hair to create an element of surprise for the beads. Measure from wherever you place the band to the end of the longest point of your hair and string up strands of your gemstones of choice at that length, gluing them to a thin metal headband as you go. Style accordingly.

Snap On

The hair at 3.1 Phillip Lim was meant to look like a combination of Lee Miller and “a little girl,” explained Odile Gilbert—simple and clean, but still fresh and beautiful. As such, Gilbert gave all of the models a very deep side part up front and a complex twisted chignon that sat low above the nape of their necks, adorning each section with its own red braided clip to add a “modern and artistic” element to the coifs.

How To: Lim designed his barrettes with leather, but a sturdy string will work just fine. Braid one thick or two thin rows and glue on to a plain silver barrette three to four inches in length to accentuate a part or an updo.

Photo: Greg Kessler / Olivier Claisse

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