’Do the Twist

Fashion (Canada) - - Beauty Trends - —Amani Bin Shikhan

The abil­ity of braids to am­plify a cul­tural mes­sage can’t be over­stated, which is why plaits con­tinue to show up on run­ways. This sea­son, Al­berta Fer­retti used a messy, chunky braid to add an easy touch of glam­our. The twisted-braid crown at Alice + Olivia screamed bohemian mu­sic fes­ti­val. Ri­hanna’s Fenty x Puma fea­tured Joan Smalls sport­ing four straight-back corn­rows along her scalp, at once en­hanc­ing the street style feel of the col­lec­tion and pay­ing homage to the black cul­tural lin­eage that in­spired its de­sign. That cul­tural con­text—and re­spect—isn’t al­ways re­flected, as we saw in Valentino’s “African-in­spired” Spring 2016 show. This sea­son, the in­dus­try ap­pears to be, slowly but surely, height­en­ing its aware­ness about the cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance of corn­rows, box braids and other pop­u­lar­ized black braid trans­for­ma­tions.

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