Beauty Style Top NYFW Trends

Braids Get a Major Upgrade for Fall: See the Runway’s Best Plaits and Twists

What's often long, malleable and gives us pleasure to twist and tease? Our locks, of course. (What were you thinking?) One way to get our kicks with satisfaction is to style our tresses into the classic overlapping look we call a braid. Or a plait, if you want to be French about it. The highest designers in the land agree with us; they were all about braids on the fall runways.

From the Heidi crown, both perfectly coifed and messily done at Alice + Olivia, to Tadashi Shoji's outrageous bedhead braid, there were so many styles on display, it was hard to pick just one to emulate. That's why we picked a handful of faves for your viewing pleasure. (It helps to see the front of the 'do as well as the back, so we've provided that too, where appropriate.)

Try a slick finger wave with a low braided bun a la Naeem Khan's girls. Or go for a faux undercut look with a French braid keeping half of your hair back while the other lays long, shiny and slick down your other side. If you're a classicist, Valentino offered a simple long braid worn with a headband, thrown over the shoulder. Whatever you're drawn to, braids are the updo of the season without a doubt.