Photography: Jeremy Kramer. Stylist: Ashlee Mello of A Mello Style and Brooke Kellestine. Production Assistance: Joe Mello. Digitech: Andrew Doench. Hair and Makeup: Sarah Memory and Cecili Robison of Paul Mitchell The School Cincinnati. Models: Kara W. and Molly H. for New View Management.
Hats off to the latest trend in bridal wear: the fascinator.
Ever since Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding (and actress Elizabeth Banks’ portrayal of Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games), fascinators have gained popularity with celebrities and commoners alike. These elaborately trimmed formal hairpieces, worn off to the side or front of the forehead, can be architectural and avant-garde in appearance when made of cast lace or giant dried flowers (creating a small, surreal forest on your head), or fun and fanciful when constructed with feathers and ribbon.
With so many different styles of fascinators, everyone from guests to the bride herself can wear the look, playing on themes from vintage to bizarre. Fascinators are a great way for brides who don’t want a traditional veil to add a touch of elegance while still looking unique.
With backgrounds in architecture and engineering, purveyors of wearable art, Catherine Richards and Anh Tran of Cincinnati-based Hark+Hark designs, create custom fascinators worthy of your big day.
“Fascinators can add extravagance to any special day and are the perfect punctuation mark to give your hair a designed look,” says Richards. “We think a fascinator hair piece has more style and structure versus a veil that tends to conceal ones features and identity. Fascinators do the opposite — working to accentuate your personality and reveal your beauty.”
For custom designs, Richards and Tran recommend a consultation at least three months in advance with a fitting to make sure the fascinator works with your hair and dress.
Find Hark+Hark fascinators at Parlour salon in East Walnut Hills, where owner and stylist Jessie Hoffman will create bridal hairstyles that work well with your fascinator and highlight your overall look. Because, according to Hoffman, another advantage of fascinators is that they can remain in your hair after the ceremony, unlike veils, which are usually removed for the reception. With fascinators, you can keep your bridal look all night long!
How To Wear A Fascinator:
Have your hair styled (or style yourself) into an up-do or partial up-do.
Orient the fascinator in the direction that works best for the hair. Again, fascinators are most commonly worn to the front or side of the head. For inspiration, check out the front-of-the-head style Victoria Beckham wore to the Royal Wedding, or images of musician Rihanna as she frequently wears sculptural fascinators to events and in music videos. (If you’re weary of fascinators, avoid images of Lady Gaga donning them, especially the meat one.)
Secure the fascinator with the comb underneath or use bobby pins to hold it in place.