Toronto S/S ’11: Glam up your look with haute hairbands (Blair Waldorf would approve)

Toronto Spring/Summer 2011 fashion week - jewelled headband

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In case you thought that all beauty trends worth following originated out of New York, London, Paris or Milan, think again. Toronto’s LG Fashion Week kicked off yesterday—and already I’ve spotted a hairstyle I MUST wear immediately. I know, this is really for Spring/Summer 2011, but as you know, the great thing about beauty is that we can adopt the trends immediately. Huzzah! And I kind of think these glamorous jewelled headbands are more fall than spring anyway.

These debuted at Holt Renfrew’s all-Canadian fashion show last night, on models wearing designs from Mikhael Kale.

Here’s the close-up:

Toronto SS11 jewelled headband crop Toronto S/S 11: Glam up your look with haute hairbands (Blair Waldorf would approve)

Do you love?

These aren’t your typical hairbands—I guess they’re more HEADbands in that they’re worn across the forehead instead of on top of the head, Blair Waldorf-style. (Although I still think she’d approve of these, since the sparkly bits make them so glam.)

Also important: they’re worn underneath the hair at the sides and back. Because wearing them on top of your hair, like Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton Headband Toronto S/S 11: Glam up your look with haute hairbands (Blair Waldorf would approve)

…is just way too hippie-ish. And dangerous in that your hair could pouf up into a mushroom shape at any time. Not so pretty.

No, I think the way these are placed is just right. Here’s another style:

Toronto SS11 jewelled headband 2 Toronto S/S 11: Glam up your look with haute hairbands (Blair Waldorf would approve)

And the close-up:

Toronto SS11 jewelled headband 2 crop Toronto S/S 11: Glam up your look with haute hairbands (Blair Waldorf would approve)

For more LG Fashion Week photos—which you can use on your own site too!—check out this Flickr stream.

Now, I have no idea if these hairbands are actually BY the designer Mikhael Kale—in which case you’d have to wait until next spring to get your hands on them—or another designer at Holt Renfrew. But personally? I always like to trawl Forever 21 for hair accessories, because their selection is incredible and also very, very inexpensive. Like $10 inexpensive.

Here are a few options:

F21 hairband Toronto S/S 11: Glam up your look with haute hairbands (Blair Waldorf would approve)

F21 hairband 2 Toronto S/S 11: Glam up your look with haute hairbands (Blair Waldorf would approve)

F21 hairband 1 Toronto S/S 11: Glam up your look with haute hairbands (Blair Waldorf would approve)

Obviously an elasticized-style hairband is going to be a bit more comfortable when you wear it across your forehead, but that’s not to say you can’t wear the traditional plastic style this way too. In fact, if you have very fine hair, the plastic ones might work a bit better, since they’re not going to squish your hair down at the back, and they’re less likely to ride around. Tip: spray your hair AND the plastic “teeth” of the hairband with some hairspray to help it stay put.

Also: Make sure to wear your hair loose and swingy—you don’t want it to look too “done” or you risk looking like you’re heading to the prom.

So tell me…

What do you think of the hair at Mikhael Kale?
Do you agree that these accessories are a cute, easy way to dress up your hair?
Or do they scream Mischa Barton Walking Fashion/Beauty Tragedy? She’s really having trouble as of late, isn’t she?

8 Comments

Kristen
Thursday, October 21/2010 at 9:17 am

I was at this show as well – absolutely LOVED the headbands, and can’t wait to try!! H&M has a great variety of inexpensive, whimsical headbands – elasticized and with plastic bands, that could totally be used for this trend! I recently purchased one with a pink feather/rhinestone cluster for $6.95!!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, October 21/2010 at 2:21 pm

Ah H&M – good call! It’s been a while since I was in their accessory section, but will have to take a look next time. Thanks for the tip!

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Gimped
Friday, October 22/2010 at 10:36 am

Like the plastic ones. Not a fan of the elastic ones. Might give the plastic ones a whirl to try to perk up the “growing my hair out” phase :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, October 24/2010 at 1:11 pm

Yes! Could be very cute on you!

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Paola
Saturday, October 23/2010 at 3:40 pm

The headbands were made by Mikhael and he is a genius! They were gorgeous and I agree perfect for fall/winter and spring/summer.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, October 24/2010 at 1:12 pm

Cool – thanks for confirming!

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Reagan
Saturday, October 23/2010 at 9:16 pm

Great article! I was at the show and he did design and create these headbands and they will be available next season!!!

Can’t wait

RM

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, October 24/2010 at 1:12 pm

Me neither! :-)

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