Italian Heads

Certainly, a deceiving title.


You know, I couldn’t quite pin point what it was about flower crowns that could resonate so well even after the quintessential and devastatingly discernible style cues of Coachella had passed. But while working on a story about gold accents last week, I fell upon the familiar images of Dolce & Gabbana’s F/W 2012 collection and it hit me: it’s not about the crown, it’s about what the crown does. Which is to say, sits on your head in 3D formation and makes you look like Lily Donaldson if she lived in Seville (Cortina?) and treated every day like Easter Sunday was right around the corner. Maybe.

This was by landslide, one of the more favorable collections of last season–and not because of the elaborate white tulle, token bloomers and powerful sheer silhouettes. What else should one expect from Stefano and Domenico? Don’t be fooled by the absence of formality in my using their first names, on a personal level I don’t know them at all. Unless you consider unusual dreams about canoes and bananas to be barriers that break the unknown.

I digress.

Note the accessory purge. Such a detailed collection doesn’t really need all that much accoutrement-age but when it appears and is executed well, the old contradictory adage, “more is more,” really gains some horsepower.

In lieu of the vertical headband, long earring (et hem, chandel-ear) collab-o-lab, here’s a collage-o-lage to mull over should you too find yourself ready to emulate a very distant wing of modern churchmanship. What?

It’s a good look, one with a shelf life that extends beyond August.

From top left: Eddera Laurier headband, Tuleste Market star spangled earrings, multi-color Dannijo rhinestone specks, Soo Ihn Kim gold knots. Deepa Gurnani headband followed by two of the Dauphines of New York Variety just next to some flowers. Both from Asos. And these speak well to the porcelain sunglasses and accents from the aforementioned collection. In the right corner, mint colored earrings from Etsy and some gold Aurelie Bidermann medallion ones. Goal-d.

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  • Serdane

    Those jewels are perfect for an ending summer. There is a touch of Del Rey in there, isn’t it ?

  • Pip

    I do like these floral crowns for the right gal and right setting! Love the accessories above! Xx. Pip

  • kcomekarolina

    wow!!! that looks really cool!

    xoxo from rome

  • monkeyshines

    beautiful picks!


  • PinkCheetahVintage

    I wish I could pull off a floral headband, but I can’t. Seriously loving the ornate vibe of all the accessories 🙂

  • emmaattheedit

    I’m not one for the floral headband, but I do ADORE those super long chandelier earrings. Need to get me those mint coloured ones, perfect!

    xx em

  • Eleanor

    Likin’ the Asos flower power.

  • Jennifer D.

    Gold knots yes please!
    I would like to come up with a more man repelling appropriate comment but it’s too hot in here.

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  • ClosetCravings

    I fell in love with the 3D-like the flower crowns too. They’re romantic and beautiful. I think similar flower crowns and headbands will be the perfect luxe accessory during fall.
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  • Clemence

    Mamma mia !
    I love your selection, especially the Ederra Laurier headband.
    Gros bisous de Londres !

  • I love these picks! Perfect for man repelling and perfect for bed head distracting: no one will notice the large nest on the back of your head when the front of your noggin is so ornately decorated! Check out my blog and my post about my bed head superstars

  • Claire

    I just bought the Johnny Loves Rosie headband because I was like, ‘I’m going to St. Thomas and they would probably really appreciate this there.” Virgin Islanders love fake flowers, right?

    -Madeline Claire Nofashionblog

  • amara

    so gorgeous and quirky! you write so wonderfully!
    check out my blog regarding the latest fashion trends including everything revolving around the letter P including the hugh hefner-esque pyjama trend, the seductive peplum and the persky perspex or check out my take on the olympic trend seen down the track-walk and my most recent post on paisley, the alternative to florals this season

  • Shannon Golden

    I’ve never worn the flower headband/crown, but this post makes me feel like I should. I love these choices.

  • modelovers

    Great inspiration!

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  • Romina C

    This accessory is a ‘I-am-a-princess-like’ accessory and gives you a superior aura. I guess this is the feeling I want to get when I wear such a crown. I’m obsessed with it. Since I can’t offer myself the Dolce & Gabbana I have to find a deal which is just as pretty. And the whole collection from them are … j’adore, que dire d’autre, I guess. x Romi

  • Sharon

    Very pretty!


  • Guest
  • Interesting pieces. A little ornate for my personal style, but I’m sure you could rock them. You can make anything work 🙂

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  • finally. Dolce&Gabbana and TMR. My favs combined in a post. =D

  • guest

    love this post!

  • witek3

    The title is indeed deceiving. I was anticipating something more Borgia-like to be honest, so I am kind of disappointed by the flowery stuff. Even though it’s beautiful. Beautiful! But compared to a horny and cruel pope..

  • VotreAmie

    Love me that Johnny Loves Rosey headband from ASOS – Makes me wanna frolic through the grass, adorned with said headband, a white dress and bare feet

  • LizLemon

    I really love this post because I just finished making a floral head band. Fantastic picks of earrings and head bands, I am inspired!

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  • I love the collage of the ornate accessories. I feel like this post is a bit all-over-the-place and you did lose me a bit, but I love the Dolce & Gabbana headpieces and taking that inspiration over to your item selections.

  • Julie Patterson Brinkerhoff

    I was finally able to use the word “accoutrement” in a sentence the other day. The person I was speaking to said “uh, what?” Ya, I live in Nebraska, well actually Oregon…same thing.

  • duranteangel

    Outstanding selection!!!!

  • Alice Liu

    just a couple questions on my mind. first of all, could you formally address your denim cravings as the canadian tuxedo in a post? i’m sure the rest of us from the north would be very appreciative if we could just get some credit for this sartorially popular trend. Secondly, and also lastly, what happens to the rest of us who want to wear some outrageous headgear and baubles but are restricted to the small city fashion confinements? i mean, wearing some neon colored jumpsuit is kind of the height of avant garde in this town.

    Xx Alice ( A Canadian )

    • Leandra Medine

      I do quite often! re: canada and its tuxedo of choice.

  • 48.

    Love, love , love the head bands with the pearl accents!

  • Catherine and Greer

    I’d certainly love to look like Lily Donaldson living in 3D Seville just before Easter Sunday

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  • Alexa Curtis

    I like it. Seems very Greek to me for some reason. Like what Shakespeare what dress his characters in haha.

  • TeuntjeVDW

    I need a flower crown in my life !!!

  • A great way to bridge the gap between last year’s Kate Middleton wedding tiara lust and next summer’s Great Gatsby art deco headpiece bonanza. Why go to the expense and groomfinding of getting married if you can just wear a bejeweled headband on a Tuesday morning?