Your look isn't complete this season unless your tresses are dressed with a pretty bow, band or barrette, says Katie Wright.

Usually, at the biannual catwalk shows, stylists are asked to explain how they got the hair just-so, from elaborate updos to perfectly coiffed waves.

But backstage at the SS18 presentations, there was a new focus: How the hair was dressed – and we don’t mean styling spray or wax.

Dries Van Noten SS18 (John Frieda PA)
Dries Van Noten SS18 (John Frieda/PA)

Hair adornments are huge this season, offering a whole new way to complement your outfit.

These are the designer-inspired hair accessories we’re crushing on now…

1. Bejewelled bands
Envious of Meghan Markle’s impending nuptials? Well, you too can make like a princess in a tiara-inspired headband, as seen on the Gucci catwalk.

Push your hair back with a bejewelled Alice band or, if you’re really keen, fix a row of tiny diamantes along your parting, like hairstylist Sam McKnight did for models at Dries Van Noten.

River Island Black Beaded Hair Band
River Island Black Beaded Hair Band

River Island Black Beaded Hair Band, €22

Crystal Bow Alice Hair Band
Accessorize Crystal Bow Alice Hair Band

Accessorize Crystal Bow Alice Hair Band, £10 (approx €11.34)

2. Pearl hair accessories
Prissy and proper no more, the reinvention of pearls was complete when they appeared in cool clusters in Simone Rocha’s spring collection.

You can get Rocha’s exact replicas for €135 a pop, but more affordable pearl-embellished pieces can be found on the high street and all over Etsy.

PearlsByTabs Ivory Pearl Bow Silver Plated Hair Comb
PearlsByTabs Ivory Pearl Bow Silver Plated Hair Comb

PearlsByTabs Ivory Pearl Bow Silver Plated Hair Comb, €10.36, Etsy

Oliver Bonas Pearl Beaded Hair Elastic
Oliver Bonas Pearl Beaded Hair Elastic

Oliver Bonas Pearl Beaded Hair Elastic, €9

3. Soft headbands
If jewelled hair accessories are a bit too wedding-y for your liking, try a Sixties-style wide headband, as seen at Molly Goddard and Miu Miu (wide and monochrome) or Anya Hindmarch (with colourful retro florals).

Romy Elema on the catwalk during the Temperley London Fashion Week SS18 show held at Lindley Hall, London.

Temperley SS18 (Ian West)
Temperley SS18 (Ian West)

At Temperley, pastel-hued silk scarves were tied like turbans, but you can fake the look with a pre-knotted headband. Easy-peasy.

New Look Black Leather-Look Quilted Hair Band
New Look Black Leather-Look Quilted Hair Band

New Look Black Leather-Look Quilted Hair Band, €3.99 - anyone else getting Blair Waldorf vibes? 

H&M
H&M's Mohair-blend headband

H&M's Mohair-blend headband, €4.39 (was €9.99)

headband
River Island Cream Knot Front Embellished Headband

River Island Cream Knot Front Embellished Headband, €25

4. Hair clips
From the subtle (neat discs slotted above the ear at Versace) to the glitzy (crystal double-C barrettes at Chanel), there’s a hair clip to suit everyone this season.

Give your messy bun a touch of bling with a diamante or metallic slide – look for geometric shapes to ensure the look is modern and edgy.

The Collection - Crystal hair slide
The Collection - Crystal hair slide 

The Collection - Crystal hair slide set, € 12.00 (was € 15.00), Debenhams

ASOS
Orelia Arrow Hair Slide

Orelia Arrow Hair Slide, €11.06, ASOS