As hair accessories come and go, many trends prove themselves worthy of seeing us through for several seasons to come. And it looks like ‘90s-inspired hair clips are doing just that.
Arriving on the tresses of Versace and Zadig & Voltaire runway models during the 2019 season, these fashion staples can now be found tucked away in the shiny locks of fashionistas across the world. From tortoise-shell claws to pearl-embellished alligator slides, Britney Spears-inspired butterfly clips to crayon-colored snaps, these trendy hair accessories can be worn tucked slightly behind the ear or up in a high pony tail. However you choose to style it, these pieces of hardware are one way to elevate any head of hair.
From Gucci, there is the monogram and bejeweled light crystal single hair barrette. Known as the most sought-after tortoise-shell accessory in the Instagram world, the gold-tone hair clip is stamped with the brand’s iconic logo, laid out with crystal-cut detailing. To achieve a look Blair Waldorf would be proud of, secure the barrette at the back of the head, tying up shorter layers for a preppy effect. Off the runway also comes a shimmery cube embellished hairpin from Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection. Made with cubic zirconia and a diamond embellishment, the piece is inspired by the New York City skyline. To style, part hair in the middle and slide the pin just above the ears to elevate cheekbones.
Of course, a trend wouldn’t be Instaworthy if there wasn’t something entirely extra about it. Case in point: party style and barrette stacking. Barrette stacking requires multiple snappy clips to be placed along the hairline (spotted on the red carpet for the first time in 2016 when musician Solange flaunted the look). And pioneered by Australian-based Valet Studio, party style sees the likes of colourful banana clips and alligator slides scattered among locks or tangled up in natural or styled hair. From iridescent pinks and blues to mermaid themed pieces, Valet Studio is just one of many Australian fashion houses to jump on the barrette trend. Fellow Aussie label Reliquia Jewellery created their sought after pearl-embellished Fabiana Clip with an 18-karat gold-filled plate layered with a strand of pearls. And speaking of pearls, Danish jewellery designer Sophie Bille Brahe handcrafts pieces (which can be found at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver and Toronto) in her studio in Copenhagen, including the Croissant Grace 10-karat gold pearl hair clip. Golden clasps and a row of cascading Chinese freshwater pearls, the clip is assembled together like a cluster and slides through soft waves with a pin fastening.
If looking for a more classic look, the delicate Crystalized Pearl Bobbi from Lelet NY will do the trick. Found among the curls and locks of stars like Kerry Washington, Olivia Palermo, and Amanda Seyfried, the Bobbi is an intricate collection of Swarovski crystals, which can be slipped or tangled up in hair. For a similar Old Hollywood aesthetic, there is Vancouver raised, New York City-based Maggie Wu‘s Lily Bobby pin. Hand-oxidized with a bronze finish, these pretty little things come in a collection of three and can be slipped into a low or high bun for an instant hair upgrade. And if looking to stay close to home with your beauty choices, there is Foe and Dear. Born in Brooklyn, the brand is now designing and handcrafting pieces right here in Vancouver. Among Katherine Schlattman’s one-of-a-kind pieces are the Stella Clips. Inspired by the rugged depths of the environment, these 100 per cent eco-friendly acetate clips are perfect to discipline any flyways or baby hairs around the face, and are available in earthy tortoise or oceanic pearl tones.
Whether mix and matching colourful barrettes or keeping it simple with subtle bobby pins, there’s no wrong way to participate in this decorative hair trend that the beauty world is welcoming back with open arms.
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