Backstage at Rodarte SS17
Brides, take note.
The best new bridal party activity is courtesy of Rodarte's spring/summer 2017 show, where hairstylist Odile Gilbert and her team used leftover scraps of fabric from the clothing to create about 80-90 custom hair accessories.
"We bought some headbands and barrettes, and created some flowers and ribbons," explains Gilbert of the process. "You cut into the material, you twist it and tie it and put it on a barrette in an easy way. It’s nothing special, everybody can do that. It's something you don't think is easy, but it’s easy."
The project took them one day – "[There was a] big table and music," says Gilbert. For a bridal party, try using material cut from a dress that was altered, or buy fabric specifically for the task if none if available. The key to preventing the accessories from falling out is buying quality barrettes: Gilbert used a classic French brand, but see what is available at your drugstore.
Models were outfitted with a minimum of three accessories – a combination of barrettes and headbands, placed in "unexpected ways" – and sometimes more, depending on the outfit. "We wanted the accessories to look like a kid did it in school, like if it's Mother’s Day and instead of buying something you create something for your mom," says Gilbert. They were placed so not to be visible from the front, leaving the focus on the dress. "In the back, you have the surprise," she adds.
"There was no inspiration. It was Rodarte. It’s based off the collection," Gilbert notes. "It's funny, because everybody always asks, 'Is it the '20s, is it the '30s?' No, no: It's 2016, going into 2017. So it’s today. A girl who wants to look pretty and beautiful, that's the inspiration."