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By Ashley Goldsmith

Despite it’s brief appearance at music festivals across the country last summer, the braid has typically been reserved for Woodstock and the under 12 set. But this fall, Penny Lane and Hannah Montana may have some competition with the Devil in Prada.

We first spotted the look in the tents at ADAM where Rudi Lewis for Redken created a fishtail braid reminiscent of an ‘Urban Warrior’. Influenced by the textures and fabrics in the collection, Lewis pulled the sides of the hair tight and then gently brushed the braid to allow for a wispy, worn look.

At Alexandre Herchovitch, Rolando Beauchamp for Bumble & Bumble created an Eastern European inspired updo with a mash up of braids and flyaways spun into a loose, messy bun. To easily recreate at home, simply make a few small braids haphazardly around your head, and then pull hair back into a ponytail, leaving some face framing sections down. Twist the ponytail into a messy bun and viola! You’ve got bohemian chic hair!

At the Academy of Art University show, Jon Reyman for Aveda created a sleek and “refined chic” twist on a traditional bun. Since the show was a collection of pieces from a sleuth of young designers, Reyman wanted to create a look that was smooth and not so concrete since some of the girls would also be wearing hats. He decided to opt for a braid that was twisted into a low bun. The bun was formed into a rectangular shape, giving it an interesting look without taking away from the sophistication of a ballerina-eqsue bun.

Though I myself didn’t walk the catwalk (at least not this season!), I was inspired by the various braids backstage and decided create my own take on a childhood favorite. Look out in our March issue for “My Fashion Week Beauty Routine” where I take you lovely readers through my daily looks from bright lips to braided do’s. I’ll even give you a how-to on my French braided Valentine’s Day hair!

Originally published February 2010
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