Collage of hair accessories

Time to Accessorise: This Hair Trend Is Back!

If you’ve been keeping up with fashion weeks around the globe over this past year, you may have noticed a rise in a particular category of accessories on the runway. No – we’re not talking about handbags, sunglasses or human backpacks – we’re talking about hair accessories. From Armani, to Gucci, to everywhere in between, hair accessories have been a big trend in the international fashion realm this year.

Hair accessories are not a new trend as such, but in recent months, these decorative pieces have stepped into the spotlight of fashion weeks in Milan, New York, Paris and London, and are now in the mainstream fashion domain. It’s fair to say that the accessories bestowed on us today have come a long way from painful, metal hair-grips and spikey, plastic Alice-bands of our childhood. The trend has been reinvented, offering an array of possibilities and styles, from luxury scrunchies, to bejewelled slides, pearl-encrusted barrettes and over-the-top velvet bows. Take a look at some of our top picks of accessories and trends below!



Accessory Wonderland

Hairstylist Sam McKnight went big on hair accessories for the much-anticipated, yet bitter-sweet Chanel Fall 2019 show. The magnificent snow-covered set was a phenomenal site, and no expense was spared in honouring the fashion house’s late Creative Director, Karl Lagerfeld. Sticking to the snowy theme, there were a variety of sparkly, winter-esque hair accessories present on the runway. Our favourites were the pearl Chanel hair slides and the pink and blue snow-inspired, pin-like barrettes.  Also on our list of faves is the bow – a popular piece on runways this year.



Party in the Front

Armani Privé Fall 2019 Couture Show featured an interesting twist on the nostalgic scrunchie, placing the accessories on full display at the front of the models’ hair.



Bow Down

Bows, bows and more bows. At Emila Wickstead’s SS19 show at London Fashion Week, bows were the common theme throughout the collection. Hair for the show was designed by hairstylist Benjamin Muller, who created an array of sleek and stylish styles incorporating the humble (and not so humble) bow. Although featured in the models’ hair, this trend made it on to the clothing itself – serving as a statement train for many of the garments.



Plaits n’ Pearls

At the Ralph & Russo’s Couture AW19 show, hairstylist Larry King declared, “It’s all about the renaissance period. It’s really pretty – it looks like the models have stepped out of a painting from the era.” (Credit: ELLE).



One is never enough…

Breaking away from the runway, but featured on quite possibly the world’s most famous red-carpet, is the adorned ponytail of Ashley Graham at this year’s Met Gala. Featuring an array of Gucci slides, barrettes, bows and hair-ties, Ashley’s ponytail was a point of conversation at the event, which this year had the theme “Camp: Notes on Fashion”. There’s no denying Ashley’s hairstylist Justine Marjan deserves an A+ for this exceptional look.


On our Instagram poll, 73% of you said you “Totally dig it”, so check out these gorgeous, wearable styles below if you want to incorporate this trend into your everyday #OOTD (courtesy of ZARA).