The Jewellery Edit: The Return of the Headband

Jewellery editor NATASHA SHERLING on why the headband is the accessory of the season …

Prada SS19. Photographs by Jason Lloyd Evans

Blame royal influence – from Meghan and Eugenie’s weddings last year to Netflix’s The Crown and ITV’s Victoria – there has been a definite resurgence in glittering headwear, and I for one couldn’t be happier. Attending a wedding recently, I thought I’d be alone in my Laura Kinsella Byzantine-style pearl halo. However not only was there another guest in attendance sporting a striking headband, but the bride also changed into an incredible, sculptural (and white, of course) creation by Davina Lynch for dinner and dancing after the ceremony.

Embellished satin headband, €850, Prada

Prada are fully onboard with oversized headbands in satin and embellished with sparkle or fierce studs (extra points for those who pair theirs with the matching clutch bags) and British milliner Laura Cathcart does an excellent line of colourful bands mirroring the traditional shape of the Russian kokoshnik.

Flower embellished headband, Simone Rocha, €330;

Simone Rocha‘s beaded headbands are envy-inducing, while Miu Miu are continuing their range of glittering rhinestone hairbands for those who want something subtle but still sparkling. And of course, Irish designer Alison Conneely showed laser cut acrylic metallic shapes for every shot in her most recent lookbook.

Simone Rocha SS19. Photograph by Jason Lloyd Evans

There’s something about a headband that immediately elevates a look; yes it maybe takes a little courage to take the plunge – but once you do, there’s no looking back! It’s far less cumbersome than a hat, infinitely more wearable – and it won’t ruin a good blowdry. So for weddings and racing, where permitted, here’s to feeling regal this summer season.

Natasha Sherling

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