2010 Blue Ribbon Pieces Countdown, Part 2: From 1997-1998, I embarked upon an altogether awkward phase during my desperate attempt to grow out my poker-straight bangs. It was throughout this unwieldy stint that I took many a’ dodgeball/softball/soccer ball point-blank to the face owing to being unable to properly see just about anything courtesy of my too-long fringe encumbering my already hopeless faculty of sight.
My first go at alleviating the whole ‘hampered-vision situation’ was by taking a cue from Alex Mack and reverse-tucking my bangs into a backwards varsity cap, daily. Thankfully my friends had the good sense to make fun of me whenever I sported said cap… and needless to say I swiftly abandoned the Mack Hat Plan of Fringe-Attack.
I distinctly recall receiving two ‘98 Chanukah presents in particular: a selection of good ol’ Goodie barrettes from CVS and an exquisite hand-carved wooden hair clip from Vermont—the latter of which I subsequently lost just a week later while on a field trip to The Franklin Institute. Devastating.
Fast-forward a decade and change: Barrettes—especially any of the wooden sort—have indubitably been quite the sentimental fixtures throughout my life. Rodarte’s sixties-style pyrite-sprayed wooden and celery-green plastic hair pieces [above]—artisan-crafted by Kate and Laura Mulleavy themselves to match the heels of Nicholas Kirkwood's sky-high collaboration Spring 2011 runway wedges—were inspired by California Redwood trees and festooned with ornate branches, butterflies and beetles.
And they are actually going into production. And frankly, well, I’m pining (har har har) for them. And so, I tip my (Alex Mack) hat…