19 posts tagged "Braids"
The plait that captivated many a designer (Adam Selman, Simone Rocha, and Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen among them) for Fall 2014 shows no sign of stopping: Cornrows made an appearance at Kenzo’s Resort show yesterday, alongside oversize hoops on select girls (an accessory seen at Balmain a few months back). They’ve also been spotted recently on the likes of Queen Bey, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, and Kristen Stewart. The braid with serious street cred that stems back to the Stone Age even showed up in our latest feature. For those of us who are all thumbs, we suggest finding a dexterous friend or enlisting the help of a pro.
Some celebrate the beginning of summer around the grill…and others welcome the warmer months with a new ‘do. Two Brit beauties, model Malaika Firth and pop star Rita Ora, are beating the impending heat (and frizz) with cornrows. While the catwalker showed off her braiding skills on Instagram, Ora took to the stage at BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend in Glasgow, Scotland, with platinum plaits and Technicolor ends. With Queen Bey already jumping on the bitty-braid bandwagon, we have a feeling we’ll see many a Bo Derek-esque moment on the beach.
For inspiration throughout the ages, check out our brief history of the iconic hairstyle.
The reign of the cornrow continues in Australia, with these braids and dip-dyed ends showing up on the runway at Di$count (snapped by Style.com’s associate news editor, Katharine K. Zarrella). This plait seems to be seeking world domination for Fall 2014—staking its claim on the catwalk from New York to Sydney.
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.