That ponytail, deep side part or updo can be alluring on its own, but it’s twice as nice when accented with the perfect accessory. At the fall 2012 ready-to-wear shows, designers crowned both straightforward and intricate hairstyles with all manner of touches, including a bejeweled headband, shooting-star comb and colored pins. Here are five of the best looks, with tips for topping your own locks for that pretty daytime twist or that special-occasion party.
Seen at: Dolce & Gabbana's fall 2012 ready-to-wear show (above)
Why you want it: A Baroque-style headband gives even the most minimal hairstyle plenty of high-class flash. All of the elements are simple, explains hairstylist Guido Palau of his Dolce & Gabbana creation. If left alone, the soft center parting and seemingly thrown-together knot would be something to wear any day of the week. But then Palau piles on the jewels: a bauble-heavy headband and, in some cases, randomly placed barrettes festooned with lace, pearls, ceramic flowers and swirling gold leaves. “The inspiration for this look was based on Madonna and the idea of this religious icon," Palau says. "It’s very simple hair with very beautiful embellishments."
Try this tress accessory: Oscar de la Renta Jeweled Headband
Supporting product: Run a small amount of Redken All Soft Argan-6 Oil through hair to add Madonna-worthy shine.
Seen at: Rodarte's fall 2012 ready-to-wear show
Why you want it: Dressing up the matte texture of this windswept faux bob with shiny shooting stars is your ticket to nonstop compliments. The faux bob is ingenious on its own for its ability to quickly change the length of long locks, but it's even more of a must-have when it’s adorned with whimsical hair barrettes, like these cosmic beauties used by hairstylist Odile Gilbert.
Try this tress accessory: L. Erickson Mini Florentine Comb
Supporting product: Because you’ll be using a wave iron to create texture, prep strands for heat-styling with Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique.
Seen at: Oscar de la Renta's fall 2012 ready-to-wear show
Why you want it: If you like to turn up the volume on your hair, consider pulling it together with this elegant ribbon-and-jewel combination. Hairstylist Orlando Pita reigned in the body-built bouffants at Oscar de la Renta with a strip of satin adorned with a sparkling brooch, saying the style reminded him of “a young girl playing dress up.”
Try this tress accessory: Asos Satin Jeweled Headband
Supporting product: Build out the body of your style by teasing hair spritzed in T3 Elevate Volumizing Spray.
Seen at: Tory Burch's fall 2012 ready-to-wear show
Why you want it: Not only does this style highlight the lines of your neck (for when you’re wearing a strapless dress!), but the addition of this bow headband can sweeten up a sexy frock or bring youth to a more demure dress. Roughed-up texture and stray bits give the French twist an “upscale but undone” feel, according to hairstylist Eugene Souleiman. And just when you thought this creation couldn’t get any more chic, Souleiman slips on a dainty headband and lines the roll at the back with a row of jeweled clips.
Try this tress accessory: Tasha Skinny Bow Headband
Supporting product: Use Wella Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Spray to give a little grit to enhance that undone feel.
Seen at: Cacharel's fall 2012 ready-to-wear show
Why you want it: It's a cinch to add a burst of color to any hairstyle you decide to wear. Gilbert did just that by stacking three monochromatic bobby pins to a side-parted look, keeping strands off the face with a chic solution.
Try this tress accessory: Jane Tran Fluorescent Bobby Pin Set
Supporting product: Once you line up your pins and secure your style, set the look with Matrix Biolage Complete Control Hair Spray.
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