August 30 2014

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Backstage at Doo.Ri last week, Orlando Pita made a bold statement. “I have a feeling the headband is going to have a big moment this season,” he predicted only two days into the Fall 2012 shows. And he did his part to make sure the trend had legs in New York, adding thin black elastic bands to heavily back-combed “big hair” at Carolina Herrera and tying bejeweled satin ribbons to teased-up and brushed-over faux bobs backstage at Oscar de la Renta to complete the illusion of “a young girl playing dress up.”

Now that the fashion pack has settled in London, it appears as though Sam McKnight has taken up Pita’s cause. The super-stylist whipped up texturized “bohemian” chignons, which he restrained with thick, twisted black bands at Clements Ribeiro this weekend before repeating the feat backstage at Moschino Cheap And Chic with similarly twisted satin strips in a bevy of pastel colors, which he placed around sixties-era beehives. But the biggest sign that Pita just may be prophetic came last night, when Alexa Chung adopted the look for Emma Hill’s star-studded Mulberry party. Whether Milan and Paris will follow Chung’s lead remains to be seen, although that “it’s on” seems likely. Stay tuned.

Photo: Courtesy of Mulberry; Yannis Vlamos /

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