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Prada reinterpretation of the ’60s and '80 proper headbands is, as usual, unexpected. The oversized shape and the punk-ish studs that embellish some of the headpieces add a rebellious attitude to the otherwise classic accessory. The Italian fashion house had the models wear the headbands with ultra-short and irregular bangs, which could have been cut by a little girl with her nail scissors, and lashes exaggeratedly long, in a Mia Farrow-“Rosemary’s Baby” meets “A Clockwork Orange” kind of look.
But Miuccia Prada isn’t the only designer betting on the revival of headbands. The Scandinavian Toteme, Dior, Gucci, the French Marine Serre and Simone Rocha, to name a few, have also presented their personal take on the Alice band for this summer.
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge wore an oversized white headband embellished with pearls and flowers for the Christening of her son, Prince Louis, and a black velvet Alice band by Jane Taylor instead of the usual hat or fascinator, at Westminster Abbey for the Remembrance Sunday service, signalling clearly that the headband is the new darling of smart and elegant fashion enthusiasts when it comes to head accessory.
If you're looking for a versatile staple to update your look without a big commitment, headbands are what you need; they are an easy way to look smart and contemporary without having to spend much. Wear them with the hair down or in a ponytail for a sleeker look, pair them with anything, from jumpsuits to party dresses, and give your summer floral dresses a bit of edge with a punk-ish headband with studs.
So yes, this season headbands are smart but also fun and a bit subversive. No matter whether you have long or short hair, you can wear day-and-night your newest favourite head accessory embellished with studs or crystals, with bows or coordinated in the same material as your outfit, but make sure your headbands are oversized!
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