Terms Of Adornment
Between the nineties minimalism and grunge trends that have swept over a large portion of the Spring shows, there wasn’t much going on in the way of experimental coiffure this month. Sure, there was the occasional nod to the sixties, with its bevy of back-combed bouffants, and one gravity-defying Gustav Klimt-tribute backstage at Rick Owens, but for the most part, strands were middle-parted, worn messy and natural or pulled into a simple low-slung ponytail or knot—all of which is well and good for the runway-to-reality seekers of the world; less so for those of us out for a little creative inspiration. That’s why we found ourselves so drawn to the season’s other big hair trend: accessories. Half-up, half-downs were rendered that much more gorgeous courtesy of Peter Dundas’ dragon-carved hair pins at Pucci; Karl Lagerfeld’s pastel pronged headbands at Fendi added a pop of color to aerodynamic twists; Sam McKnight took a dip into the Chanel archive to fashion those logo pearl buttons-turned-elastics that debuted at the Grand Palais on Tuesday; Guido Palau played with scarves not once, but twice, backstage at both Dolce & Gabbana and Marc by Marc Jacobs; then yesterday at Louis Vuitton, Palau wrapped up Jacobs’ second sixties tribute in Paris with pretty black or white patent bows. Ashish Gupta even sent sequined scrunchies down his runway in London—scrunchies! As readers of this blog are already aware, our favorite head adornment moment came at Balenciaga over the weekend, where Nicolas Ghesquière’s team had a crowning moment of achievement via different gilded coronet/combs that, as we learned when we happened upon one of his accessories designers wearing the plain gold version at Carine Roitfeld’s Le Bal on Tuesday night, will in fact be produced. Get excited.