We say big, we mean B-I-G!
From what we saw at Prada Spring 2019 runway show, headbands are a thing again. And although the 80 never ceases to inspire us, this typical BCBG headdress comes now huge, breaking the aesthetic rules and boundaries of former years.
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 next seasons.
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge wore an oversized white headband embellished with pearls and flowers in July 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 will be the new darling of smart and elegant fashion enthusiasts when it comes to head accessory. Cressida Bonas, Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend, was one of the stylish guests at Princess Eugenie’s wedding last month, who chose to wear a big Alice band matching her Tory Burch dress.
So yes, the headbands are the next big thing, literally. In 2018/2019, the 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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