The Spring/Summer 2017 Plait Directory

Plaits appeared on the spring/summer 2017 catwalks in every imaginable form – from skater-girl braided buns at Dior to bohemian skinny plaits at Roberto Cavalli and romantic rope braids at Valentino and everything in between. As Guido Palau told us backstage at Dior, “there’s a plait to suit everyone”. Pick your favourite style below.

By Lisa Niven
05 Apr 2017

Emporio Armani
Complement spring’s sporty silhouettes with extra-long twin braids – at Emporio Armani, extensions were woven into the plaits so that they reached down to models’ waists.
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Christian Dior
Guido Palau cited skater girls as one of the references for the plaited buns he created at Dior, worn scraped back from the face and offset by J’Adior earrings.
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Roberto Cavalli
Bohemian girls will be immediately drawn to the laid-back styles at Roberto Cavalli – softly tousled waves with two skinny plaits at the front.
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Simone Rocha
James Pecis’s cool-girl braids at Simone Rocha were complemented by dewy skin and baby-hair strands around the face, giving models a post-workout look somewhat less sweaty than the reality.
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For the true romantic, Valentino’s extra-long loose plaits were fastened low at the nape of the neck, whilst stray strands of hair around the face made for a pretty, youthful look.
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Anthony Turner may have been inspired by a woman emerging from a shipwreck when it came to the plaited up-dos at Erdem, but we’d wear this ribbon-tied look to a wedding.
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Emilia Wickstead
At Emilia Wickstead, casual twin French braids were the perfect foil for the glorious gowns on the catwalk. Wear with your prettiest summer dress to toughen up the look.
Credit James Cochrane

Preen By Thornton Bregazzi
Forgetting the scene-stealing face flowers by Val Garland just for the moment, the plaits at Preen By Thornton Bregazzi were messy, haphazard and anything but preppy.

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