The international season of spring fashion shows has come to a close in Paris. However, fashion critics, bloggers and writers are already making their predictions for next seasons biggest trends. What is grabbing our attention? Braids. We saw an overwhelming number of braided looks on models this season. Some styles were severe, like the surrealistic plaits at Thom Browne that stuck straight in the air, while others were soft and pretty, like the twisted tendrils at Alexander McQueen. With so many intricate looks walking down the runway, we found ourselves twisting our hair around our heads and asking ourselves, “how did they do that?”
Luckily, David Armendariz from Studio A Salon was able to help us out. We showed him some of the most popular looks from spring runway shows and he walked us through how to recreate them for our day-to-day lives. It may still be fall, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun and learn how to steal Spring’s biggest hair trend before it happens.
Miniture braids were the least daunting braided trend we saw walking the runway. Designers like Louis Vuitton and Rachel Zoe gave us the inspiration for this easy to pull off look. David grabbed small sections from behind the ear and made a traditional and fishtail braid that subtly peak out through the hair. This look gets our vote for the easiest to pull off with the most impact.
One of the most popular hairstyles this season were braided updos. Jason Wu, J. Mendel, and Tory Burch are just a few designers who experimented with this look. For our version, David divided the hair into into a front and back section. With the front section brushed forward, he gathered the back into a ponytail. He tied loose knots in the pony to add dimension before wrapping them up to create the bun. Once the back was finished, he divided the front section into three, twisted them, and pulled them back into the base of the bun. We played with two different versions of this style to show how versatile a messy bun can really be.
Slicked Back Plaits
Sleek Plaits seemed to be the most talked about look on the runway this year. Everyone from Provenza Schouler, to Céline, to Gucci, to Donna Karen played around with this incredibly easy style. The super sleek versions were our favorite. To achieve this look, David brushed mousse through our model’s hair before tying it back in a ponytail. His tip: twist the hair into the braid as you’re weaving to create the tightly woven look.