Elevated Hair Styling

Elevated Hair Styling

The Spring Summer 2021 catwalks gave us serious hair envy. Bold accessories were the main event as face masks drew attention upward toward the barnet. But why wait until Spring?

Greasy hair days have never looked chicer, since hair bows, headbands and layered clips, barrettes and slides took over the fashion scene. North of where the normal action tends to happen, beauty has now got in on the act of accessorising. Sliding an ultra-chic accessory into otherwise un-styled hair is an easy way to create a look that’s both presentable for work and chic for the evening to follow. Hard-to-miss accessories have acted as an extension of our new ‘above keyboard’ dressing for online living. Now, we can’t wait to use this trend as an excuse to go all out! Read on to find our favourite runway examples, or click here to explore our small-business favourites for unique hairpieces. 


Forget your barrettes, because French house Chanel has other ideas. Models walking in the Spring Summer 2021 show at Paris Fashion Week wore branded hairbands in their relaxed ponytails. Alongside, there were also makeshift fascinators, faces veiled with elegant black netting; a hairband-meets-tiara hybrid, a metal number replete with double-C logos; and Alice bands that resembled the chain straps of their classic quilted handbag.

Vivienne Westwood

Particularly noteworthy this year were the sculptural headpieces at Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood. Speaking of his collection, Andreas exclaims how following lockdown, he “wanted to make things uncomplicated, unfussy, clear and clean – because that’s what I care about at the moment, what I find important.” Dubbed the best hair of the season by 10Magaine, we couldn’t agree more! Make a statement with one of his otherworldly pieces this year. 

Dries Van Noten

Artfully placed clusters of bobby pins held back models’ hair into finger wave-like shapes with the help of hairstylist Sam McKnight for Dries Van Noten’s spring/summer 2021 lookbook. You could probably go through a full pack of pins for this look alone! To form the soft, gelled finger waves that flow like street lines seen from above, McKnight and his team slid in clusters of bobby bins at the trough of each wave. They also painted the edge of each model’s hair in punchy shades of admiral blue, burnt orange, fluorescent yellow, eggplant purple, or arctic-freeze blue (the same colours seen in the clothes). Elsewhere at Miu Miu and Valentino, designers looked to the past for elegant shapes and movement.

This is just another perfect way to ride out the remainder of your awkward quarantine bangs or haircut while trying to look your best for those forced Christmas family photos. And if you’re cleaning your apartment and you find a bobby pin, just put it in your hair and repeat.

Finally, if you don’t know where to go to find luxe accessories, Tilly Thomas has you covered. These stunning hairpins by independent jewellery designer Sally Thomas have been featured in luxury magazines Cosmopolitan and Vogue. Oversized Swarovski crystal navettes really make a statement! Alternatively, these French hair clips by Tegen have been lovingly created in France by a family business that has been making these high-quality hair accessories since 1892. The end result is a beautifully smooth French clip which is kind to the hair, stunningly elegant and extremely robust.

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Words by Rhiannon Hudson