11 posts tagged "Braids"
Cornrows have proven to be the braid of choice for Fall 2014 (at least thus far), but super Cara Delevingne embraced the plait long before it became a trend. She told British Vogue that while everyone around her deemed her bitty braids a beauty disaster, she thought they “looked fucking cool.” (Judging by their most recent runway shows, it appears designers like Adam Selman and Marchesa cofounders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig agree.) Delevingne demonstrated her ongoing support of the look at last night’s Elle Style Awards in London, where she braided one side back to show off the multiple tattoos on her ear. The catwalker sported something similar at the Met Ball (albeit the plait was on the opposite side), but we have to applaud a woman who knows what she likes—even when popular opinion is weighed against her—and sticks with it.
“It’s a little bit ninja, a little bit manga, a little bit Wednesday Addams,” hair pro Guido Palau explained of the inspiration behind the braided pigtails at Marc by Marc Jacobs. “The clothes are a bit more sophisticated this season, so the hair had to be quite young, but still have an edge to it—a sweet-and-sour kind of effect.” He began by working Redken Shape Factor 22 sculpting cream through the strands, rough-drying them, and finishing with a Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender (a dry shampoo) for texture and control before forming two schoolgirl-esque plaits. Then a black headband was slipped on and the hairline scruffed up to lend the look a punky vibe. The end result was “a cartoonish kind of a character,” Palau noted.
To help those pigtails feel more badass, makeup pro Dick Page densely rimmed the upper and lower waterlines using black cream liner and a soft lip brush, then “piled on the mascara.” He kept the skin as bare as possible—opting out of both a mouth and a cheek. “It’s the gesture of a kid who is trying makeup for the first time,” he said. Well, at least one who’s very adept at applying eyeliner.
The braided mohawk Kate Bosworth wore to the premiere of Big Sur in New York City last night was a flashback to Fendi Fall 2013, where hair pro Sam McKnight adorned a similar punk-inspired plait with tufts of fox fur. If you have yet to figure out your Halloween costume, take a cue from the red carpet and the runway, add some colorful fluff from crown to forehead, and go as one very glamorous cockatoo.
Throwback Thursday is a column on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.
The Model: Veruschka
The Moment: Plaits-a-Plenty
The Motivation: With fashion week officially beginning today, we thought it would be the perfect time to revisit a hairstyle staple that—in recent seasons—has dominated the runway: the braid. From Luigi Murenu’s plaited crowns at Viktor & Rolf for Fall 2013 to Guido Palau’s intricate, interwoven headbands for Valentino’s Couture collection the same season, the style is as versatile as it is popular. Case in point: the above shot of Veruschka from a 1967 issue of Vogue. While the legendary super’s face-framing ring of braids is more editorial than runway ready, we can’t help but wonder what new twists we’ll see on this catwalk classic for Spring 2014.
At Style.com, a braid rarely goes unnoticed—from the thin kind displayed at Valentino Couture to Rodarte’s rosettes (a favorite of hairstylist David Babaii), we have a passion for plaits. One of my favorite looks from this past season was the slightly disheveled halo braid created by Antonio Corral Calero at Alice + Olivia (a similar version was worn by Maia Mitchell at last night’s Teen Choice Awards). The best part: This soft, romantic style is wearable by those of us to which the labels “teen” or “model” don’t apply. At Stacey Bendet’s Fall show, this band of braids was made more mature with the addition of a moody merlot-colored lip and gilded eyes. It’s a look I imagine a modern-day (and grown-up) Heidi would work in the Alps—clad in one of Bendet’s motorcycle jackets, of course.
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