The name of the game today is the fall/ winter 2016-2017 hair accessory trends that made an appearance at the runway shows (you might have missed some of them or haven’t just managed to get a good look at) from New York to London, from Milan to Paris.
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When watching the seasonal fashion shows from your cozy home or sitting right there among the out-and-out fashionistas, it’s really easy to tackle every single detail on the models – just a glance at the silhouettes is enough, while other precious details pass by as slick as a whistle. Afterwards you just need to look forward to the pieces to hit the stores in a 6-month period or enthusiastically start zooming in the snapped photos in your iPhone.
The fall 2016 hair accessories aren’t as many as the ones we spotted on the spring/summer 2016 runways, instead giving way to jaw-dropping hairstyles that we have taken up to analyze recently. From soft imperfect waves and crazy curls to low ponytails, finger waves and intricate braids, the fall 2016 runway hairstyles were all vagabonding through fashion avenues with some lovely accessories pinned here and there but at times also entirely covering the hair.
Browse through our favorite fall/ winter 2016-2017 hair accessory trends as minimalistic as Max Mara’s bobby pins and as eye-catching as Alexander McQueen’s shimmering bejeweled deluge.
#1. Bejeweled Brooches, Barrettes and Clips Solo or in Abundance
Brooches, barrettes and clips in shimmer and glimmer stand as number one of the fall 2016 hair accessory trends on our list that evidently let your freak flag fly and stand out gloriously in audience. Whether just a means to keep hair in place or a unique hair flattering technique, these bejeweled pieces are always calling general attention.
At Brock Collection art nouveau barrettes were decorating loose updos on the back of models’ heads, the knotted low buns at Bottega Veneta looked even more coquettish through those greenish beaded barrettes nestling somewhere, while at Bibhu Mohapatra single lovely butterfly clips were flittering and fluttering.
Bejeweled hair accessories for fall 2016 are growing up in ascending order passing from twin bejeweled clips at Sonia Rykiel fixed on twisted-back hair on both sides to bejeweled bow mélange at Dolce & Gabbana.
But chalk it up to Alexander McQueen’s fall 2016 fashion show to grandiosely wrap up this scintillating festival – myriads of brooches and clips in shapes of flowers, stars and evil eyes mixed with punk chains were scattered all over the disheveled updos. At least now no room is left for your come-hither looks in the near future.
#2. Princess-Worthy Tiaras and Headbands
Today you do not need to be Princess Diana or the Duchess of Cambridge if you have your heart set on wearing royal tiaras or headbands. Moreover, it is not imperative any more to match them solely with evening gowns as per the fall/ winter 2016 hair accessory trends.
While at Marchesa chic tiaras and headbands are a nod to aristocracy, at Moschino – a way to get to know the rebellious princess type and at Dolce & Gabbana – totally synched up with fairy tale theme, a whole new ball game is happening at Tommy Hilfiger and Ashley Williams.
The nautical theme at Tommy Hilfiger is unexpectedly bringing in lovely triangular tiaras matched with baby doll dresses, while at Ashley Williams sparkling gemstone headbands with star-like details on them are making unique assemblages with puffer jackets, sportive tees and other casual pieces.
#3. Boho-Chic and Sportive Headwraps
Which is the hair accessory that might work wonders in a New York minutes whether applied on wash-and-go hair, crazy curls or ideally straight strands? Boho-chic and sportive headbands and headwraps tied in different manners are on, having showed stable appearance on the fall/winter 2016 runways shaping up another cool hair accessory trend.
Start from H&M’s monochromatic and printed wide headwraps in keeping with boudoir outfits, then pass to Manish Arora’s gipsy-style printed and decorated ones or stop by Gucci to catch some printed turban stunners. Some gothic sportive sweatbands have been observed at Fenty x Puma, while at Versace it is all about thin elastics wrapped around the heads.
#4. Mysterious Mesh Veils
In the heart of hearts every single woman is in a quest of wrapping herself with some mystery and secrecy. And what can best guarantee your mysterious aura? Mesh veils especially in blackest black surely have no competitors in this sphere throwing some shadow over the feminine face and turning even the sweetest smile into some sinister grin. This enigmatic visage inspired many a fashion designer while working out their fall 2016 collections.
As a result, we spy a couple of black mesh veils at Isabel Marant either in shape of a floral clip or attached to a tiny hat all decorated with shimmering stars and also some semi-burnt mesh veils at Moschino reaching up the sky.
At Antonio Marras and Vanessa Seward mesh veils reached an absolutely new level wrapping the whole face and creating unique textured face illusion. A smattering of white bridal veils also appeared at Rodarte and Thom Browne but definitely without any iota of innocence.
#5. Soft Ribbons and Lovely Bows
Have you firmly decided to look a bit more flirty and coquettish come the fall/winter seasons? Then ditch your serious business lady visage as soon as possible and borrow a sweet smile that will surely appear on your face once soft ribbons and lovely bows jump on your hair.
No need for long-term searches as the fall 2016 hair accessory trends have them in spades with Dolce & Gabbana definitely leading the pack – fantasy models utterly enthused to show off long wavy hair densely decorated with black or red bejeweled bows but also some bow barrettes to keep hair in place.
Layered velvety bows were making a chapter of that extravagant pasticcio we saw at Antonio Marras shaping up some headbands and clips that were in symbiosis with feathery, furry and bejeweled hairpieces. At Kate Spade and Roksanda velvet ribbons were applied to softly tie down low ponytails, while at Suno long ponytails were literally trapped in the charming clutches of crisscrossed velvet ribbons.
#6. Fresh and Frosted Flowers
Women and flowers always go hand in hand – so different, so charming and irresistible. So it comes as no surprise to see flowers harmoniously mingling with catwalk models season in, season out. This time around fall-worthy frosted flowers and spring-worthy fresh ones have leagued together to shape up another lovely fall 2016 hair accessory trend.
Bunches of as-if-freshly-cut orchids, tiger lilies and other types mixed with frosted metallic flowers made a triumphant invasion into Rodarte to raise myriads of clips, brooches and headbands. The same iridescent floral avalanche was observed at Dolce & Gabbana as well standing as bohemian crowns and endowing their hostesses with a nymph power.
#7. Babushka Style Headscarves
Headscarves tied below the chin were originally used by elderly rural women but nowadays, as we are living in a period where all boundaries are blurred, headscarves knotted in babushka style are ideally fitting young ladies as well. The fall/ winter 2016-2017 hair accessory trends came out of left field to trot out this style and thus adding more fuel to feminine allure.
All kick-started at London Fashion Week when Mary Katrantzou sent out densely printed garment pieces in enlivening combinations with printed babushka headscarves worn over nonchalantly loose hair with slick center-parted bangs peeping out.
We see this romantic hair accessory trend playing with fresher vibes at Christopher Kane under the guise of cellophane texture headscarves with long endings undulating against the air. But when it comes to Dolce & Gabbana, black lace headscarves crop up tied below the chin and delivering somewhat a mourning twist.
#8. Bejeweled and Barely There Bobby Pins
Bobby pins are fairly to be called far the most versatile and multifunctional hair accessories. They are applicable for any hairstyle, on any occasion and can be used either in solo or in abundance for more charming looks. The fall/ winter 2016-2017 hair accessory trends bring in these tiny hairpieces in droves starting from plainest metallic ones and iridescent rainbows to more chic bejeweled head turners.
At Ashley Williams, apart from gemstone headbands, earrings and necklaces, we also see blindingly shining bobby pins aligned on bangs and working perfectly both as hair-holding and hair-flattering means. At Erdem single floral-shaped bejeweled bobby pins slightly hold back the front part, while at Paul & Joe heart and star-shaped bobby pins are warming the cockles of hearts again sweeping back the bangs and creating sleek hair texture.
At Ryan Lo pink and purple floral bobby pins are pouring forth on the models’ hair. At Blumarine black and white bobby pins build up ideal finger waves, at Max Mara several colored ones are applied to keep bangs to one side, while at Emporio Armani myriads of black pins are massed together on sleek hair.
#9. Sui Generis Hair Accessories
At times contemporary fashion designers rise so high in designing hair accessories that the garment pieces recede into the background and pass the torch of indelibly-engraved-on-the memory status to hair accessories. The fall/ winter 2016 hair accessories also beget many sui generis designs, some of which are wearable enough while others rather passing off as museum exemplars.
First things first, we were swept off the ground by the two-rolled-into-one pieces alternating each other at Vionnet – from the front appearing as simplest stud earrings while from the back getting united by a long metallic strand to form a unique hair accessory worn over straight hair. This type surely has all the potential to become viral come the chilly days gripping the prize of the It hair accessory of the year.
At Thom Browne mannish neckties became super dynamic to take different hallucinogenic shapes and cozy up to models’ hair either framing the face or mysteriously covering one of the eyes. Undercover seems to be screaming “Danger” through its spiky headbands galore suggestive of either barbed wire or leafless autumn branches. But there are some lovely wreath-like samples as well full of gilded flowers that are rather wearable as opposed to those massive trees.
At Gareth Pugh star-printed and glen-plaid round pieces are fixed on the back part of the heads thus mimicking Russian kokoshniks from the front, while at Haider Ackermann several wisps of hair tightly wrapped with velvet ribbons are climbing up like realistic jungle lianas.
Photos courtesy of Livingly
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