Alexander Wang Brings Back The Banana Clip

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There are many things from my awkward young adult years that I never, ever thought would come back style. High-waisted Levi’s? Everyone’s wearing ‘em. Lisa Frank? Back with a vengeance. Scrunchies? I own seven, and by choice. And at Alexander Wang’s fall 2018 show — his last collection to be held during the traditional fashion week calendar — he proposed bringing back another throwback accessory that hasn’t seen popularity since the end of the Clinton administration: the banana clip.

Also known as the claw clip, or the clip your Spanish teacher in middle school used to wear, made what might possibly be its first runway appearance (or at least its first appearance since the early nineties). Wang redid them in shiny silver with his name etched across the top — way chicer than anything anyone wore at my middle school.

“The hair is a take on the power dressing of the ‘80s and the idea that the model is someone in the corporate world,” explained hairstylist Guido, who combed the hair back with a combination of pomade (Redken Mess Around 10), gel (Redken Hardwear 16), and strong-hold hairspray before slicking it into low ponytails and twisting and clipping the tail in place. The pomade and the gel really helped to create those deep comb lines in the hair, while the hairspray kept them in place. “The spray at the ends ensures you get a really hard, clean look,” said Guido.

A model walks the runway at Alexander Wang during New York Fashion Week

So could the banana clip go the way of the scrunchie and become something you don’t just hide in a drawer in your bathroom? If you shook an eight ball the response would be “Very Likely.” And Guido agrees.

“I love when something has been around [for a long time] and it has a funny connotation, and then it’s reintroduced into fashion and we are forced to look at it in a different way,” Guido said backstage. “Kind of like the mullet haircut: Years ago it was a no-no and now it’s cool among certain groups of people.”

Then there’s also the fact (and for many of us born in the late ’80s/early ’90s a fact that might be hard to fathom) that this may be the first time many younger millennials and Gen Z’ers have seen a banana clip. “Think about it,” said Guido, “an 18-year-old may not know the funny connotations that a banana clip has, and they just think it looks super cool.”

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