Style Snapshot: Statement Headbands Style Snapshot: Statement Headbands
by Anne Marie Hunter, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Style Snapshot: Statement Headbands In a joyful Twitter toast shared with her followers, Kelly Clarkson celebrated her recent Tennessee dream wedding to Brandon Blackstock. Just minutes after the wedding, Kelly posted an enthusiastic, heartfelt thanks to Jim Verraros and jeweler Maria Elena for creating her beautiful Swarovski crystal and opal headpiece. With a magical note, the original headpiece completed Kelly's wedding-day look.

"Thnx Temperley 4 my beautiful dress! And thank you to my friend @JimVerraros and Maria Elena 4 the beautiful headpiece!" Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) October 21, 2013

And, at the recent star-studded Met Gala, the statement headband took its place up-front and center. Sarah Jessica Parker, Sienna Miller, Jaime King, Katy Perry, Kelly Osbourne and Michelle Williams dazzled with headpieces created from spiked studs to elegant crystal. With a cool edginess, Katy Perry rocked a royal crown set with jewel-tone cabochons. The statement headband is having a moment and it looks as if that moment's here to stay.

For Fall/Winter 2013/2014, high-shine gold and clear crystal themes echo through all of the accessory trends. On the runways, headbands found inspiration in rich crown adornments and other themes ranged from rock star biker to elegant, romantic and Bohemian. Headband designs are embellished with spikes, studs, crystals, gold and more. Also, for 2013/2014, Vogue Accessory loves the statement headband in styles from delicate to bold.

Internationally, designers have embraced the embellished headpiece, including them in current and upcoming lines. For 2013, Giorgio Armani created a Swarovski-encrusted headband and Valentino's Leather Rockstud version pays tribute to the spike motif. Dolce and Gabbana were inspired, and added amazing crystal headbands to their 2013/2014 lines. New designs from Jennifer Behr elevate hair accessories to a sensational level.

Statement headbands complement any hairstyle and will transform a look from "okay" to "wow" in seconds. They add flair to both day and evening looks, from weddings to rodeos. The design possibilities are limitless for this up-to-the minute accessory. Play with new materials for imaginative designs. Embellished original headpieces, created with crystals, spikes or the newest rhinestuds, present a multitude of stylish interpretations for resale or gift-giving.

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