Crowning glory: why the tiara is having a moment

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Yep, we're calling it - the next It-accessory will be none other than that classic Prom Queen statement piece...

You can blame Saint Laurent for what's about to happen in fashion. We're giving you liberty to stash your ethereal flower garlands (come on, who wasn't sick of seeing them perched atop every bride's pretty head?) and start looking towards a more regal kind of head accessory - we're talking, of course, about the tiara.

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First spotted on the runway at Saint Laurent's recent grunge-referencing S/S '16 show - the tiara was a star attraction, placed proudly on the heads of nearly every shorn, bobbed and centre-parted model. In the context of all this '90s grunge glory, Hedi Slimane's statement was less beauty queen and more Courtney Love during her kinderwhore phase. And that's the true beauty of the tiara - as tacky or cliché as its hens party/beauty pageant/European royalty associations may be - there's something spirited and I-don't-give-a-toss about wearing one with abandon in 2015.

Of course, Slimane wasn't the only one imagining tiaras in the forseeable future. They may have been less literal translations, but other designers showing at S/S '16 had a similar epiphany. Miu Miu's spiky metal garlands were decorated with coloured stones, Louis Vuitton's were suitably intergalactic, Chanel's molded headbands seemed to take their cues from aircraft parts and Rodarte's crown-esque barrettes were the stuff of neoclassical dreams.

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While yesterday's Melbourne Cup festivities showed a surprising absence of tiaras, we're predicting the trend to have serious wings come 2016 racing season. Click through the gallery above, to see our favourite tiara moments from pop culture and fashion.

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