The bejeweled bobbypin seems a thing of the past compared to all the high-wattage head-candy we've been going wild for, the best of the bunch somehow bringing to mind a deconstructed, 21st-century tiara (but without feeling so pageant-bound).
It all began with the brilliant baubled hair-pieces Karl Lagerfeld conceived for Chanel's fall 2006 couture collection—chunky, luminous "parts" of gemstones and regal graduated pearls had a presence all their own partnered with Lagerfeld's tough, urban mini-suits. And lo and behold, Marc Jacobs sent his models down the runway this week wearing brilliant clusters of collossal gemstones in their hair. Other designers seem to be following suit, too. Peter Jensen opted for prim headbands of oversized pearls, and jeweler Dean Harris went a more Ophelia'esque route with diamonds and delicate branches of gold to form ethereal headbands. If nothing less than a proper crown will do, channel your best Elizabeth I wearing Belmacz's über-modern 18-karat-gold coronet spiked with diamonds. Queen for a day…or a season at least. —Christene Barberich and Piera Gelardi
Bold hairpieces have a sparkling moment.