The Braid Craze Returns For Spring-------
Braids were sort of a big deal at the Spring 2010 shows, showing up in long, over-the-shoulder incarnations (Alexander Wang, Miu Miu), milkmaid crowns (Oscar de la Renta), and half-up, half-down fishtails (Doo.Ri) for most of the season. The plait popularity died down a bit for Fall and was surprisingly absent for much of the Spring 2011 shows, too, until the easy, nostalgic style got a big boost in Paris this week. It started at Ungaro on Monday, when Guido Palau made tight, middle-parted braid coronets, and continued at Valentino, where he channeled the effortless sexuality of French actress Emmanuelle Béart for the loose, long, three-section braids he centered down models’ backs. Then hairstylist Odile Gilbert picked up the torch yesterday at Hermès in perhaps the style’s finest hour, when it swung down from a sea of riding hats with occasional ribbons and scarves woven throughout the lengths. We were gifted a lovely Hermès scarf a few years back, come to think of it, and have been struggling to find an innovative way to incorporate it—unostentatiously—into our wardrobe. There you have it.