Stylist Lucy Wood’s wedding dress featured a huge crepe bow at the shoulder – that’s how much she loves bows. So she’s been watching their transition from cute to cutting edge with interest.
“Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Spring 2020 collection for Valentino featured these incredible bold, block colour bows on sleeves and tying up dresses, ” she says. Since then, designers such as Simone Rocha, Acne Studios and Louis Vuitton have all given bows a bow. Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal called the bow “fashion’s latest power statement”.
Safe to say, then, that the new bows are a far cry from the sweet, silky ribbons of childhood pigtails. In their modern iteration, they’re smart, structured and definitely the main character of any outfit.
“The Eliza top, by New Zealand designers Harris Topper [above], is a great example of the bow taking centre stage,” adds Lucy. “I love the huge bow and the long sash that hangs down the back. I’d style it with tailored or slouchy pants and minimalist jewellery to keep it all quite refined. Even when your accessories feature a bow, as with those gorgeous satin Zara heels, I’d make the rest of your outfit simple.”
Find Lucy’s favourites below.