If the tape from every catwalk from each city was rewound and run, the crowning moments would belong to the many artfully placed and otherworldly hair accessories seen throughout the Spring 2018 collections. This morning, on Chanel’s runway inside the Grand Palais, there were full-scale waterfalls and moss-covered cavernous landscapes that served as the backdrop to the array of lace-embroidered denim and knit numbers that were accessorized by haute rain gear. And among the plastic thigh-high boots that matched translucent totes and messenger bags, lay a series of Perspex-wrapped, vacuum-sealed low ponytails—and under transparent rain hats, no less. Signaling to onlookers that, although a rainy Paris afternoon isn’t the ideal setting for a good hair day, with the help of a few stealth accessories, it is in fact, totally doable.

In New York, Rihanna sent models down the Fenty x Puma runway with neon green elastic bands separating their artfully bound knots, and across the pond, Simone Rocha’s cast of Victorian-esque Brits captured the hearts of It girls worldwide with their pearl-encrusted barrettes placed properly to the side. There were Dries Van Noten’s jaw-dropping, rhinestone-affixed side parts, a hair look many models kept intact for lensmen and street gazers alike, and Donnatella Versace’s delicate gold hairpins that graced the lucky heads of Gigi, Kendall, and Kaia Gerber in Milan.

But leave it to the showstopping Italian duo of Domenico and Stefano to deliver a bevy of enchantingly embellished ruby crowns. Dolce and Gabbana’s army of model royalty descended down the runway sporting shimmering tiaras adorned with playing cards, flowers, and multicolored plumes that both Beyoncé and Kate Middleton would surely treasure. As these decorative details quickly make their way onto red carpets and the têtes of street style’s finest, all that is left to say is: Let party season begin.


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