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Although they’re a workhorse in any hair styling arsenal, basic braids can get pretty boring—except on the runway, where some of the most innovative, unexpected plaits are born, providing us with endless inspiration. With New York Fashion Week mere weeks away, we can’t wait to see what the backstage pros will dream up next. In the meantime, we’re taking a look back at some of the most unforgettable runway hair braiding styles to attempt at home (or, more accurately, request at the salon), stat.
Venexiana combined a low knot and double braids in this dream of an updo in 2014.
At the 6 Shore Road by Pooja show during Miami Fashion Week this year, models rocked braided faux-hawks that coiled into chic chignons.
Re-creating this elegant three-strand braid from Valentino‘s show back in 2013 couldn’t be easier. Pull your hair over one shoulder, loosely braid and top it off with a sleek black ribbon.
Chances are you’ll need hair extensions to get this braid from Mara Hoffman‘s Spring 2015 show, but it’s worth the effort. Quilted fabric was used to join two French braids together.
Cornrows tied off into ballerina buns lent an edgy yet sophisticated touch to Jean Paul Gaultier‘s dramatic Spring 2015 collection.
Milkmaid braids are so much better when they’re a little messy. Alice + Olivia‘s romantic, whispy take on the braiding style is by far our favorite.
Fake a drastic undercut with tiny cornrows just like this look from the DKNY runway back in 2014.
As long as you can do a fishtail braid, you can conquer this timeless half-up style worn at Etro‘s Fall 2014 show.
The hairline is definitely an unexpected place for a braid, but there’s nothing cooler than this look from Giamba‘s Spring 2015 runway show.
Weave a neon ribbon or thin piece of fabric into a fishtail braid for a cool pop of color, just like Calla‘s Spring 2014 look.