Fashion phenomenons: T is for Tiara

© Collage / Julia Zierer

There’s a not-so-secret rule in trend research that a piece appearing more than three times on the runway can be taken seriously as a high fashion trend. Last winter, the still mostly underground tiara was having a magic moment (for example, at Ashish and Undercover) and immediately and conclusively ready for highstreet and media coverage.

Saint Laurent made our eternally girly hearts sing with a grunge tiara parade, the magic heroines wearing a stardust silver Sailor Moon variant at Louis Vuitton came straight from the future and at Miu Miu we saw the most obvious and street-styled girl power version. You can’t count the fruit adaptation from Dolce & Gabbana – wearing fruit salad on one’s head only vaguely has something to do with tiaras. Although one shouldn’t necessarily be so strict, after all, it is about the accessory with (next to a magic wand) the greatest fun factor. It can’t even be escaped by bachelorettes, Miss World or Paris Hilton.


©; Collage Julia Zierer ( Ashish / Undercover / Miu Miu / Louis Vuitton / Saint Laurent / Dolce & Gabbana )

Perhaps every American girl has put a Sweet Sixteen plastic nightmare on their heads, whether she wants to or not. (There’s just one thing that has no excuse: the terrible series “Toddlers and Tiaras, where little girls participate in beauty contests i.e. being forced by their overly ambitious hovering mothers. Definitely NOT funny and more of a case for social services or psychologists.)

We’re not talking about the burden of a heavy crown and the royal madness of Letizia-Maxima Charlene, whereby royalty are the logical origin of the whole magic – although, historically seen, popes were the first to crown themselves. On the contrary, my first tiara crush was pure fiction. And definitely the queen of childhood – the golden eyed granter of wishes, the beautiful and incredibly delicate creature from Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story – who lived in a magnolia pavilion and never judged. A role model in all respects. “When a young girl dreams of wearing a sparkling tiara, it is a warning that their ambitions are unattainable,” according to dream research. Of course, I’d say the opposite. It’s not mandatory to wear a couture look for it. Bathrobes and couches can have the same affect. Even the Twitter account of Saint Laurent says so – it’s meant to be “worn with everything.” What’s funny is that the more everyday the look, the better the magic tiara works.

In this article Amanda Miller explains why it’s advantageous to attend important meetings with a tiara on your head. #girlpower #empowerment The fact is, you definitely sit up straighter and hold your head high. I can only recommend it.

Carrie Bradshaw, my first girlfriend from a TV series, from whom I learned so much about life in special situations and in general is also an “everyday tiara” wearer. We have stylist and girl boss Patricia Field to thank for the headgear frequently used in the most stylistically influential series of all time – as well as a mix of completely wild clothes. The absolute queen of broken tiara hearts was and is Courtney Love, who established the plastic crown as an anti-establishment statement making it concrete with her 1995 elf princess appearance at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. Thank you Hedi, for reminding us 20 years later who the “girl with the most cake” was. Today, a tender and popular variation on the heavy crown can come out of the vaults for special occasions. But a base of the populace thinks that in summer 2016 a street tiara could be worn, slightly to the side on wild hair. It can be found with the usual suspects: in the children’s section, or in a worst case scenario, at Claire’s (watch out for the “3 for 2” offers, tiaras are individualistic). Anyone looking for an everyday tiara should look to Jennifer BehrHer pieces are handmade and can be admired on many Hollywood heads in New York.

The tiara upgrade has found the place deep in our radical hearts where the desire to be a princess is universal and means no longer having to submit to a courtly protocol. Or to marry! But it’s not for everyone. A rather anarchistic and slight narcissistic attitude is advantageous. However: The season of glitter is coming up and you should strongly consider crowning yourself a little more often. The only person that can allow or forbid you is, in the end, yourself.

translation: Alicia Reuter
Alexandra Kruse

Alexandra Kruse completed her studies in Fashion Journalism and lost her heart to Elle Girl ten years ago. These days she writes from the heart and works as a stylist. Her work has appeared on huge billboards as well as in Vogue, Time Magazine, and numerous other publications. She lives in Switzerland with her little blonde son and her DJing, yoga-teaching boyfriend. Originally from a small German village she worked her way up the fashion ladder via magazines, department stores, and countless bars while spending a fortune on shoes and handbags. She finally found her love, luck, and light in Zurich and believes in unicorns, the power of crystals, and the magic of the moon. She loves to share her universe-approved stories.