We thought we had seen it all when it came to braids, but leave it to the mad geniuses backstage at Fashion Week Fall 2011 to come up with insane new ways to wear a braid. From a loose and romantic side-braid at Emilio Pucci to a structured, leather-bound plait at Collette Dinnigan, we saw braids in all shapes, styles and sizes. Check out these backstage braids--some beautiful, some totally bizarre--and get inspired to try out fall's hottest hairstyle!
This messy, slightly Victorian braid at Af Vandervorst has us in a total Jane Austen mood. We can see this model running across English moors, weeping over her arranged marriage. Or in line at Starbucks getting an iced latte--it works for both scenarios.
We're not really sure what to call this particular style at the Nicolas Andreas Taralis show. A basketweave braid? Dream weaver? All we know for sure is that it's pretty and probably a bit too complicated for us to do on our own.
This is how braids do bondage: Tied-up and lots of leather. We like the structure of these thick plaits and the addition of the leather ties really sexes up the braid, which can often suffer from looking a little too innocent or sweet.
This graduated braid at DSquared2 starts off giant and then gets smaller and tighter as you go down. The trick to creating this look is to pull apart the braid at the top, pulling less and less as you get to the end of the braid.
We're hardcore crushing on this segmented braid at Marco de Vincenzo. By wrapping a section of hair around the top of the braid, it glams up the hairstyle with a minimal amount of effort. Smart and stylish!
We love a good undone braid and this one at Felipe Oliveira Baptista has just the right mix of tousle, texture and definition. The sectioning off of the top, middle and bottom pieces is a genius way to add structure to the braid without making it look too stiff.