The Best Braids From Spring 2017

A dozen ways to plait it right

From Valentino and Simone Rocha to Erdem and Dior, braids were tough, romantic, and even feminist (at least according to Maria Grazia Chiuri). While some iterations were sleek and simple (Kenzo), others were taken to a tousled and texturized place (like the Hieronymus Bosch-inspired vision at Valentino, where Guido Palau delivered long, airy plaits straight out of a storybook fairytale). Some pros, such as Anthony Turner at Erdem, dressed up basic braids with a little black bow, whereas Paul Halon devised Botticelli-level masterpieces at Gucci. Nothing, however, quite compares to the braiding feat accomplished by Rudi Lewis at Emporio Armani: Backstage he crafted a whopping 350 “salty,” “gritty” plaits inspired by “travelers” on 70 models. “We used a lot of different techniques,” explained Lewis. “There are classic braids, fishtails, and lots of knots and little mistakes.” If an inside-out plait or intricate updo isn’t your style, consider the bitty braids Eugene Souleiman randomly wove into undone waves at Roberto Cavalli for a ’70s bohemian flourish. Here, 12 braids to bring you into a brand new season.

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