Bows. They’re the more time-tested and socially acceptable cousin of bunny ears, a trend that took the fashion world by storm in 2009. So, heading into 2010 fashion trends, are bows the accessory that will outlive the bunny?
The Spring 2010 collections saw a number of designers send bows down the runway. Most notable were Marc Jacobs, Luella, and Temperley – while Diane von Furstenberg‘s Resort 2010 collection was also filled with big, playful bows.
Let me say it straight off. Bows may sound all harmless and innocent; but there are dangers with this trend. You could wind up looking like 80s Madonna, a collector of cheap kitsch, or unintentional Goth Lolita. The key here is not to skimp on the bow. They’re only good in so far as they’re unique and/or high quality. You’re also making a statement so make it oversized, luxurious, and fun. Another way to wear it is with a headscarf tied up 1940’s working girl style.
- Bows (or scarves) that tie all the way around the head (think Marc by Marc Jacobs’ bows, or Louis Vuitton’s original big bunny ears)
- If you don’t want a bow as such other elegant takes like Peter Som‘s are classic yet unique (see pictures in the picture inspiration gallery)
- Luxury fabrics like silks, leathers, knits
- Floppy bows that mildly resemble bunny ears as an extention of that trend
- Anything too childish or tacky
- Mass produced versions that lack character and charm
- Cutesy headbands. There has to be a bit of sophistication or attitude in there.
We don’t expect oversized bows to remain an editorial favourite for long, given their freshness has already worn of a bit. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in one. Pick the right accessory, and make it your own – an individual look you love can last beyond the life of an accessory trend such as this one.
Vintage inspiration: bows and Catherine Deneuve (29 Sep 2010)