Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana are masters at exuding that aspirational gioia di vivere. This season, they charmed us once again by celebrating the Italian famiglia with mamas confidently walking down the runway with short tunic shifts and midi dresses sweetly embroidered with red roses and children’s drawings. Of course it wasn’t all without an abundance of spectacular, swoon worthy accessories like bejeweled plexi box handbags, pumps with lipsticks embedded in the heel, crystal covered headphones and heirloom brooches nestled in the hair. Oh mamma mia, the brooch adorned headbands! We simply couldn’t resist trying our hand at recreating the headbands – the quintessential Dolce & Gabbana hair accessory.

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You’ll need:

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If you are working with a padded, velvet headband and you want to preserve your brooches, you can simply pin the brooches onto the headband. It can be tricky getting the brooch pin through the headband but if you slightly bend the pin upwards, you can cheat it and have the tip come out the other side easier.

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So all you would need to do is fasten the brooch and continue adding the rest of the brooches. A temporary solution and all your vintage brooches stay in tact!

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But if you’re like me and have an abundant collection of super inexpensive brooches, then you can remove the pins and permanently glue them onto the headband. All you need is a pair of wire cutters to snip off the pins – you’ll be surprised how easily they come off!

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Use a toothpick to add a nice dollop of E600 glue to the backside. Firmly press the brooch onto the headband. You can hang it off the edge of a box to dry for at least an hour.

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Meanwhile, remove the backings off the rest of the brooches. Add two more to one side of the headband and allow to dry for a couple of hours before working on the other side. Again, you can carefully hook the headband off the edge of a box to dry. Repeat the steps on the other side.

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Let the headband set and dry for at least 24 hours before wearing.

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(images by HonestlyWTF)