As a former celebrity colorist who honed her craft during the ’90s dyeing the tresses of Prince, Tommy Lee, and Bette Midler, Deborah Pagani noticed that every girl she saw at the salon wore a black elastic around her wrist. The hairdresser-turned-jewelry designer wanted to create an accessory that easily merged style and function. “I thought, why don’t I take elements of jewelry and make it something that could be worn on the wrist and is still chic? That’s where the whole idea came from,” she tells CR.
As hair clips, barrettes, and headbands continue to make their way back onto the runways and street style photos alike, Pagani offers a solution to the black elastic through her newest hair collection called Hair Objet. Paying homage to her roots as a hair stylist, the new line encompasses hair pins and elastics adorned with metal accents that double as cuffs, as a nod to the designer’s fine jewelry line debuted in 2008. The pieces themselves come in a range of metals, including yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, and gunmetal and will launch on April 1, 2019 on DeborahPagani.com and Moda Operandi. Here, CR caught up with Pagani about the inspiration behind the pieces and her take on the ’90s making a comeback.
What made you want to make hair accessories?
“I wanted to bridge my past with my present. A lot of hairdressers make hair accessories, but they’re not designers, and vice versa. That’s where the hair pins came from. I wanted something that was non-bendable, that’s not going to get out of shape, and has a nice curve. The options were endless in terms of creating something you can wear on your wrist. It just needs to be properly executed.”
Why hair pins and elastics?
“I started this journey two years ago, and really was working on a totally different type of jewelry. I always wear my hair in a top bun and I was always searching for a hairpin that wasn’t made out of plastic and didn’t have a bunch of rhinestones or floral accents. I was looking for something that didn’t clash with my jewelry, so I started off with the hair pins.
Where did the inspiration come from?
“I was definitely inspired by the whole ’90s culture in New York City and Drew Barrymore in Poison Ivy. That’s when I came here. I’m from New Jersey, but I moved into the city when I was 19. Those were really the transformative years and there’s so much embedded in my style from then.”
Was it a coincidence that you decided to launch when hair accessories became trendy again?
“I don’t think in general I was really thinking of the trend of hair accessories. It’s very funny, I was saying the other day that it’s crazy that I started this two years ago. I’ve made so many detours and all of a sudden, I’m seeing these things pop up left and right. It’s really crazy. I think the timing was actually perfect.”
Is it surprising to you that the ’90s came back?
“No, because every single decade comes back. It’s so funny; it just comes back in a different way. Now, when I see so many girls with these really little glasses, ‘I’m like, Oh my God, this is all ’90s.’ Back then I was so young, I couldn’t afford anything, and I just had a couple of chain belts that I bought at flea markets. It’s the natural evolution of fashion that every single decade has a new interpretation of how its portrayed, but it always does come back. If you take one of those crazy prom dresses that girls were wearing in 1986, maybe you can’t wear it as is, but you could bring it to the tailor and take down the shoulders a little bit. You could totally wear it.”
Hair Objet will be available on April 1, 2019 on DeborahPagani.com and Moda Operandi.END
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