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Big Name Brands are Bringing Back the Balaclava

A hooded trend is turning heads on the Fall 2017 runways. The knitted, ski-like hood––a.k.a. the balaclava––featured at Delpozo Fall 2017 this season during New York Fashion Week. A myriad of hooded cashmere sweaters were layered under most looks in the collection, which proposed a streamlined, futuristic aesthetic. Across the pond at Burberry, the direct-to-consumer February 2017 offering saw the balaclava take a regal turn in the finale, in the form of chainmail and crystal encrusted styles, reminiscent of medieval Renaissance armor. Gucci, too, revealed the headpiece that elevated Alessandro Michele’s silhouettes in rich patterns and vivid colors. In recent seasons, the hair covering accessory has been on the rise. Gucci’s Pre-Fall 2017 lineup gave us a sampling of headscarves that mimicked knotted turbans.

Additionally, rising-star model Halima Aden wore her own hijab when she made her Milan Fashion Week debut at the Alberta Ferretti Fall 2017 show, followed by walking in the Max Mara show. Aden made headlines earlier this month when she was signed by IMG Models and took her first turn on the runway during Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 5 show at New York Fashion Week.

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