Accessories adorned with lace, buttons, embroidery, rhinestones and bows may be the conventional way to enhance your outfit, but if you are looking for a statement-making addition, safety pins are the way to go.
From pinning up a sari to saving you from a dress malfunction, safety pins always come to your rescue. However, designers and fashionistas are taking this humble tool to the next level by turning it into a safety embellishment and accessory. The style was first popularised in 1994, when actress Elizabeth Hurley sported the iconic black Versace dress held together by gold safety pins at the premiere of her then-boyfriend Hugh Grant’s film Four Weddings and a Funeral.
The fashion maison recently revived their ’90s creation and presented a newer take on it at Milan Fashion Week SS22, which featured safety pins in almost every piece. Whether it was used as a fastener or as an embellishment in stilettos, or featured in earrings and necklaces, safety pins grabbed our attention at this show.
Gigi Hadid turned heads at the Savage x Fenty show premiere in a Versace pantsuit featuring a blazer which was left open but fastened towards the end with an oversized gold pin. Other A-listers like Dua Lipa, Emily Ratajkowski and Naomi Campbell, among others, strutted down the runway donning this chic accessory in their ensembles as well.
Apart from Versace, Balenciaga as well as high-street brands like Zara, H&M and others are also incorporating safety pins in their garments as a major fashion statement. Many social media influencers and celebrities including Janhvi Kapoor, Dua Lipa and Ananya Panday have given the pins their stamp of approval.
French designer Jacquemus borrowed inspiration from the safety pin design to create pin/paperclip tops or ‘the curtain reveal’ tops–a massive runway hit with Kendall Jenner walking the ramp in two colours for his Fall/Winter 2021 showcase.
Megan Fox and Hailey Bieber also took the style off the runway and gave it their own spin, and we can’t get enough of this versatile peek-a-boo aesthetic.
Closer to home, Katrina Kaif and Ananya Panday took the metallic paper clip out of their stationary stash and gave their cardigans a DIY upgrade with the quirky adornment, right in line with the trendy ‘rich grandma’ look. And hey, isn’t this a fun way to up your style game for the upcoming winter season?