Alexander Wang just made 80s banana claw clips cool again

There are many 80s trends that we’d hoped would never make a resurgence.

We don’t know about you, but we can’t see ourselves going back to the days of excessive eyeshadow, leg warmers or truly gigantic shoulder pads anytime soon. Yet there is one 80s relic that’s surprised everyone by making a chic return to the runway this season – the claw clip.

Silver banana claw clips were spotted on the catwalk at Alexander Wang’s AW18 collection at New York Fashion Week, styled alongside Matrix-style skinny sunglasses and sharp suiting – a ‘modern CEO’ aesthetic.

Redken Global Creative Director Guido Palau, the stylist responsible for the models’ directional look, told Harper’s Bazaar, ‘The hair is take on a power executive of the 80s. It’s corporate and kind of smart in a way.’

‘This is Alex’s take on the ironic banana clip of that era. I love the way that something that’s been around and has a funny connotation can come back. I love the way that something is reintroduced into fashion and we look at it again in a different way.’

‘Also, you’ve got to remember, lots of girls probably don’t remember what the banana clip is,’ he added. ‘There’s an 18 or 17-year-old girl, they don’t know it has a funny connotation to it. They may just think it’s super cool to do that in their hair.’

Of all of the elements of the 80s that could have inspired the designer, we say that this one is pretty wearable. There’s no word yet on whether the Alexander Wang NYFW clips, complete with embossed logo, will go on sale, but if you’re ready to return to the look already, get that hair slicked back anyway.

Here’s 3 claw clips that you can buy on high street now:

Free People

Zig Zag Metal Claw, £10, Free People


Luster Hair Clip Set, £14, Anthropologie


Large Triangle Tortoiseshell Hair Clip, £6, ASOS