Plait Spinners

Runway ReportThe braid goes from gamine to android—and everywhere in between.

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From Swiss Miss (Oscar de la Renta) to gangbangin’ chola (Jean Paul Gaultier), the plait is spinning personalities this season. When thoughtfully rumpled with tufts of floating stray hairs (Giambattista Valli), the twined ’do develops a romantic twist. As a thick rope that laps at the waistline (Miu Miu), the braid gauges girly gamine. And as a set of antler-like, swirling cornrows (Alexander McQueen), the interknit design teleports us light-years into a beauteous future. Spinning multiple plaits has never looked so haute! —Karie L. Frost

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