Bows and hair bows in particular have officially become a thing. One can hardly get through an Instagram session without stumbling upon a moodily filtered image of a velvet or silk bow worn insouciantly in a perfectly executed ponytail.
Like Brigitte Bardot, the bow is inherently French in a way that feels almost impossible to separate. C'est chic, without ever trying too hard.
But British royal Kate Middleton, better known for her equestrian jackets, skirt suits, and candy colored evening gowns, has become an unofficial spokeswoman for the velvet hair bow thanks to an inexpensive (and obviously no longer available) one she's been wearing around London-town from J. Crew. Like everything Kate wears, the masses are sold on its appeal.
Proving their mass appeal, but skipping the tiny velvet bow altogether, designer Clare Waight Keller introduced super-sized bows for her couture collection for Givenchy today-her third for the brand. Waight Keller isn't an overtly feminine designer, her designs for Givenchy have ranged from blazers tucked into cargo pants to sequin column gowns and Megan Markle's sophisticated, lovely, minimal royal wedding dress. But those giant bows, unabashedly girlish, become wing-like on the models walking down the catwalk in flowing gowns. They're attached to backpacks-done up in graphic black and white-so a girl can make an entrance in her bow, but coat-check it if her mood shifts.
They looks are pretty in a way that Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy was pretty-impactful but elegant, simple and statement-making. And what good is a six figure couture look if it can't-literally-give you wings, anyway?