Ahead Of The Pack

On a recent episode of Gossip Girl, the sympathetic Dan Humphrey may have pulled off Blair’s headband and said, “no headbands in college” to help the Upper East Sider fit in among the NYU crowd, but as we know, Blair is always ahead of the trends. On the Fall 2009 runways, headbands were adorned with jewels, stones, studs, feathers and bows. They were seen at Zac Posen, Anna Sui and Dolce & Gabbana and Eva Mendes recently wore a bejeweled headband on the red carpet at the Venice International Film Festival.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009

Here are some of my favourites that are in stores now:

Bebe Crystal Brooch Headband, $39 U.S.

Bebe Crystal Brooch Headband, $39 U.S.

Goody Luxe Prudence Jeweled Headband, $4.99 at mass market retailers

Goody Luxe Prudence Jeweled Headband, $4.99 at mass market retailers

Forever 21 Rhinestone Flower Headband $10.80

Forever 21 Rhinestone Flower Headband $10.80

Le Chateau Black Studded Headband $9.95

Le Chateau Black Studded Headband $9.95

— Jodi Goulart

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Toronto Burlesque Festival

Girls, get your garters ready! The Toronto Burlesque Festival kicks off on Thursday, July 23 and is filled with four days of shimmying, shaking and more ways of seductive undressing than you can imagine. The “Tassels Without Borders”-themed festival promises burlesque performers from Toronto, including the Skin Tight Outta Sight troupe, and around the world.

What’s really got my knickers in a knot, and I’m talking in a good way, is this year’s first Burlesque University, which is a line-up of workshops to learn from the pros on how to shimmy, tease, fan dance and even how to pose for your own pin-up girl photo shoot. The festival will also feature a burlesque retrospective art show, photography and costume exhibit, bra auction and a marketplace with burlesque-themed goodies.

Toronto Burlesque Festival

For additional info, including schedules and ticket prices go to the Toronto Burlesque Festival website.

And here’s my pick for the perfect sailor-inspired dress to wear during the festivities. This gorgeous number is available at Hells Belles on Queen Street West and was once worn by Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf while en route to Paris.

Bettie Page Clothing's Captain Pencil Dress, $179.99 at Hells Belles

Bettie Page Clothing's Captain Pencil Dress, $179.99 at Hells Belles

— Jodi Goulart