Backstage at New York Fashion Week, hair accessories are revealing themselves as the trend to try. And if the headbands and hair clips coming down the catwalk look a little familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve worn them before – in middle school. Get onboard the throwback train, people. We’re going for a ride!
1. Banana Clips at Alexander Wang
THEN: You probably kept one banana clip in your gym bag, and another in your pink Caboodle. Banana clips were essential for creating that half-up, half-down style you wore into the ground circa 1993. Some of your friends called the cutesy contraption a “claw clip.” They were wrong, FYI.
NOW: Redken Global Creative Director Guido Palau played off Wang’s ’80s-power-woman vibe by twisting model’s tresses into low chignons, which he fastened with custom-made chrome clips. “The look feels young, with a slight irony to it,” said Palau.
2. Stretchy Comb Headbands at Prabal Gurung
THEN: If you didn’t injure yourself with a drugstore stretch-comb headband in the ‘90s, were you even there? Hard to get on and impossible to take off, these migraine-inducing headpieces were your go-to in high school. They were totally worth the pain, if only because they paired perfectly with your M.A.C. Spice Lip Liner.
NOW: Lead hairstylist Anthony Turner used the toothy headbands to tame the models’ easy and slightly undone low buns. Ahhh, the nostalgia!
3. Super-Wide Headbands at Tom Ford
THEN: You saw Brenda Walsh wearing a thick, black headband on Beverly Hills 90210, so naturally you got one to match (team Brenda forever!). It looked great with your velvet bodysuit and was especially useful during that awkward phase when you were growing out your bangs.
Hairstylist Orlando Pita used extra-wide leather headbands to keep the models’ artfully messy hair in check. The bands were paired with shimmering, gunmetal shadow (from Ford’s makeup line, of course) and massive, sparkly earrings — pretty much your ’80s dream look come to life.
So go on and dust off that box of banana clips you’ve got squirrrled away in your closet somewhere. You know you saved them. Don’t even try to pretend otherwise.