Years ago, I worked at Harper’s Bazaar in the editorial department. I assisted the Fashion Director on the fashion layouts for the magazine. My primary job was organizing the clothes and accessories that we wanted to photograph. We would then go on photo shoots, either at local studios or on location, to create the editorial. It was a really cool job and I got to meet some of the most talented people in the industry. At the time Odile Gilbert was one of the hairstylist we used on the shoots. She made very simple hairpins to secure your hair in a french twist or bun. I am lucky to have very thick hair that when I use just one of her pins it stays secure all day. I wish this was me, but you get the “picture.”
I have managed to have kept one of the original pins in my possession, but when I heard she was selling them at Colette in Paris, I was dying to have one of her fancier models! Finally, my parents planned a trip to Paris and I was able to make my request. My parents bought me not just one, but two of the silver pins pictured below. They are expensive for such a simple design, but I use them all the time and they remind me of so many amazing trips I went on.
Lucky for you, Colette now sells them on-line and you can have them without going to Paris. Personally, I would love the excuse to fly to Paris.
As I was planning this post, I was reading InStyle Magazine’s October 2011 issue and coincidentally, Kate Young talks about the same hairpins on page 230. Now you have two recommendations!