Hair accessories: the niche runway trend that’s made its way onto everyone’s Instagram feeds. Having rid themselves of their playground personas, clips, slides and sticks have got all grown-up – and the good news is, you don’t have to be Margot Tenenbaum to pull them off. Here, we explore the trend’s origins on the runways, before getting to grips with the four hair accessory trends to try for AW18…
On the Runway
How did hair clips get high-fashion? It all started on the catwalks, with Zadig & Voltaire’s (left) diamanté designs worn with middle parts and black eyeliner, and Ashley Williams’ (right) slogan styles, encrusted with rhinestones for the full nineties effect.
1. The Pearl Barrette
If pearl hair clips make you think of your flower girl days then prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Decorated with opalescent beads in varying sizes, the classically cool barrette has been updated for the modern age – and just the one will no longer do. Stock up on three, four, five and wear them with a deep side part.
2. The Tortoiseshell Slides
Tortoiseshell textures aren’t only for earrings. Marbled neutrals, animal-inspired acrylics and classic colours come together in this series of sleek slides, perfect for wearing separately or wearing all at once – experiment with uniform lines and seemingly random scatterings.
3. The Celestial Slides
Celestial styles are still shining bright for AW18 and, thanks to the recent resurgence of hair clips, there’s now a whole new way to wear the trend. Featuring a crescent moon and star, this cosmic duo is crafted from textured gold-tone metal and adorned with tiny, twinkling crystal gems for an ethereal effect that works from day to night.
4. The Pearl Hair Stick
Straight out of the nineties, hair sticks are back on the agenda for this season, lending something a little unexpected to messy half up-dos. Whether heading out into the night or elevating the every day, pick a pearl-embellished design that feels classic and contemporary all at the same time – we like how this piece is made from gold-tone metal for that extra hit of glamour.