8 Pretty Valentino Headpieces That Stole the Show Inline
At Paris Fashion Week, Valentino’s overarching beauty aesthetic has long centered on fresh skin alongside braids, ponytails, and soft waves that have been elevated by a treasure trove of adornments. Backstage stylist Guido Palau continually relies on a selection of romantic decorations—often crafted by artist Alessandro Gaggio—to convey a femininity that melds sophisticated modern ease with the splendor of Roman antiquity.
On the Fall 2011 couture runways, wreaths of delicate daisies and forget-me-nots took wiry metallic form as if they were flash-frozen before being placed upon otherwise simple low buns. Headbands in all forms—literal braids dyed to match models’ natural hues, strips of thick black leather, and burgundy wraps dotted with gold—offered a similar instant upgrade, turning over-the-shoulder plaits and piece-y, pulled-back lengths into aspirational styles rife for re-creation. In 2015, twists woven with sea-inspired baubles and freshly picked wildflowers read nymphlike, as if the Valentino girl need only wander down a garden path in preparation for a runway show, while, just last season, Palau created striking headpieces out of hundreds of jewel-toned blooms.
In recent years, gilded crowns have taken on new guises: Models became Byzantine princesses via hairline-grazing golden tiaras for Fall 2015 Couture, while in Spring 2016’s couture collection, aureate serpentines slithered around the backs of loose lengths, resting on either side of the forehead and adding a slightly sinister feel to an otherwise angelic look. Above, the best of Valentino’s unique hair accessories that will stand as a reminder for those watching today’s Spring 2019 Paris Fashion Week show: Look up.
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