Fashion month is all about the style statements made on the runway, on the street, and in the front row—but we can hardly ignore the standout beauty looks completing each ensemble. Take, for example, all the braids at Paris Fashion Week. We’re not talking about your average three-strand plait, but rather cool, unconventional styles that elicit a double take. From Olivia Culpo’s braid-hawk (yes, that’s a thing) to Ciara’s effortless fishtail, these are the new styles to copy this spring.
We spotted Olivia Culpo between shows with this Mohawk-inspired braid, and we love the way it added some edge to her otherwise polished look. If you’re going to give this style a try, grab Bumble and Bumble’s Multi-Talented Sculpting Medium ($26) to help smooth any flyaways on the sides.
For the Miu Miu show, Chiara Ferragni took Culpo’s braid-hawk and upped the ante by adding two more braids on either side. Have a fancy event on the horizon? A wedding or bridal shower to attend? We love this ’do for any special occasion.
While model Loulou Robert’s brows are often the focal point of her look, all eyes were on her fresh take of the milkmaid braid at the Valentino show. Instead of the traditional two tails, it was split into four smaller sections, a look that screams music festival. We recommend using these Sephora Collection Snag-Free Hair Elastics ($4) for the best results.
While we’re still attempting to master Ciara’s braided crown from the H&M show, the singer gave us yet another inspiring braid to add to our Pinterest boards. Her loose fishtail braid at the Givenchy show is equal parts effortless and chic—perfect for date night. Ouai's Texturizing Hair Spray ($26) is great for upping the volume.
French actress and director Lola Bessis hit so many beauty high notes at the Chanel show earlier this week, thanks to her electric eye color and that one-sided cornrow coif.
Got long hair? This one is for you! In keeping with her bohemian sensibilities, singer Petite Meller opted for loose pigtail braids at the Chloé show, starting the three-strand style halfway down each side to create more volume and texture up top.
Elena Perminova stunned at Miu Miu with a chic side French braid. If you’re on board with braids but still a novice, try this style for day or night.
Which braid will you attempt? Sound off in the comments below!