By  on August 12, 2011

Hair accessories had their crowning moment—both literally and figuratively—during the fall 2011 couture season. At Valentino, Guido Palau topped models’ low-slung, wispy buns with delicate tiaras spangled with tiny metallic flowers. “It’s like a Russian princess,” he said, of the look. Plucky plumage of all shapes, sizes and colors featured extensively in hairstyles by Odile Gilbert for both Alexis Mabille and Jean Paul Gaultier. Franco Gobbi gleaned inspiration from geishas at Giorgio Armani Privé, but it wasn’t too literal a rendition. Instead, he injected a modern, androgynous rock ’n’ roll quality to the sleek style that was topped with whimsical hats and fascinators by Philip Treacy. Geometric hats and metallic pieces also topped o! voluminous hairstyles at Christian Dior. “It’s very sculptural, architectural,” said the look’s creator, Orlando Pita. At Giambattista Valli, Pita encircled models’ heads with wide bands—in black, white or red—giving an ultra-feminine, almost modern-day flapper feel.

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