While traditional headbands invoke prep school and tiaras simply remind us of toddlers, today's head-adorning item is practically perfect for all of spring's fancier moments. The spotlighted piece is none other than the embellished crown, an accessory that made regal waves on the runways and is now the accent of choice for discerning tastemakers like Caroline Sieber, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Jaime King. Whether they're ornate or understated, covered in crystals or adorned with jewels, a headdress is so necessary this season!
On The Runway
So how did we end up in crown town, you might ask? Well, we like to think designers like Louis Vuitton's Marc Jacobs and Roberto Cavalli have some residual excitement left over from the royal wedding, but regardless of the reason, crowns were key at their respective shows. At Louis Vuitton, Jacobs gave a handful of models Crystal Tiaras ($2030, 866.VUITTON), while at Roberto Cavalli, models wore golden or black Cutout Headbands ($875, available at Roberto Cavalli boutiques). Whether they were paired with sweet pieces like pastel lace-adorned frocks at Vuitton or glitzy jackets and vibrant print pants at Cavalli, these headpieces were certainly the crowning glory of a range of looks!
On The Red Carpet/Delicate
Celebrities and tastemakers are also embracing this royal accessory, though their selected pieces are decidedly diverse. Some-like Ginnifer Goodwin and Caroline Sieber-prefer more delicate pieces with finer embellishments. Goodwin opted for the most subtle version of this look at a Chanel pre-Oscar party in Beverly Hills earlier this year when she adorned her pixie cut with a piece from Chanel. Stylist Sieber showed off a more substantial version of Goodwin's single-strand crown in March when she attended an art exhibition during Paris Fashion Week. She selected a Maison Michel headband--try the brand's Doris Multi-Chain Headband ($345) or Abigail Three Row Pearl Headband ($496)--with a Louis Vuitton dress for the occasion and looked very impressive, indeed.
On The Red Carpet/Bold
Chunkier crowns are also an option, as Jaime King and Bianca Balti demonstrate, since they offer an ideal way to add some significant glamour to more minimal pieces. King went for Marni's stunning, ornate, crystal-embellished Headband ($435, available at Marni boutiques) from the Resort Evening 12 collection at a party in Hollywood celebrating the Marni x H&M collaboration. We adore that King is wearing a crown for a number of reasons, including the fact that it brings some old-world femininity to her modern Marni ensemble. Italian model Balti also selected an elaborate crown, when she wore Dolce & Gabbana's Satin and Jewel Adorned Headband ($710, available at select Dolce & Gabbana boutiques) to a cocktail party for the brand during Milan Fashion Week. The crown is sumptuous and intricate, in other words: a truly show-stopping piece.
If you're the sort of fair lady who fancies a little crowning glory, you'll be delighted to know that we've searched far and wide to find the best options and have been successful in our mission! If you like a dainty version, a la Ginnifer Goodwin, don't miss Tasha's Vintaged Crystal Headband ($38), or you could try a slightly more substantial piece with Dauphines of New York's All That Glitters Headband ($90)--just be sure to wear it farther back on your head than shown. If Cavalli's upright crown appeals to you, but you want something with a slightly more affordable price, do take a peek at Deepa Gurnani's Ivory Crystal Headband ($150), which is adorned with rhinestones and iridescent beads. For those of you who adore Balti's pearl-bedecked Dolce & Gabbana headpiece, you just might like Dauphines of New York's The One Headband ($80), as it has a similarly romantic vibe. Finally, for those of you who crave something from cult label Maison Michel, but aren't ready to invest in an original, you'll be delighted to know the brand collaborated with Opening Ceremony and has a number of stunning options, including the Multi-Strand Headband ($215). Whatever style you pick, one thing's for sure: it's time to send in the crowns! (Our apologies to Barbra Streisand.)