Back in 2009, when Chanel Iman was spotted backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger show sporting bright green DJ headphones, there was a rush to trade the standard white ear buds for the extra large versions typically worn in the booth of a club. Then, when Karl Lagerfeld sent braided and quilted versions down the the Chanel Fall ‘14 and Métiers d’Art ’15 runways, the trend started to catch on. Most recently, Garage featured covers of models Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, Binx Walton, and Lara Stone all rocking very futuristic headsets. So as fashion and technology continue to fuse, could headphones really be the next big hair accent? This functional accessory is looking more fashion savvy than ever, but let’s just hope traditional headbands don’t go the way of the portable CD player. For inspiration, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart

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Special Thanks to Michelle Rotbart for this post. Michelle is a professional trend forecaster for the NYC-based fashion and retail forecaster, Doneger Group

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