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I mused today over braiding my hair with strips of printed fabric, as is the current trend, and upon researching this look I found some amazing photos of runway-ready hairdos that incorporate fabric, ribbon, lace and beading into the looks. Read on to see the glamour shots!

A hairdo can be the icing on the cake, the final touch to an ensemble. We know that many designers go to great lengths to have modern, shocking + innovative hairdos on their runways— can these looks translate into daily life?


Prada is always innovating the fashion + beauty industries. These knit headbands make a bun or top knot look prim + polished. I love the electric blue mixed with dark hair. What do you think about the exaggerated eyebrows?


Millie + Marc Jacobs both tried these whimsical, unkempt fabric bows on their runways— would you wear this look?


Lacroix is my hero when it comes to styling. Who ever thought to apply lace to the forehead, and that it would look so ridiculously alluring?


…and to add neon dye to braided top knots?


… or beaded applique with contrasting neon eye shadow?


… or to pair a satin headband and pieced lace applique?



… more gorgeousness.



… another nod to Afrika.


Galliano has had the Dietrich bombshell lacquered hair thing down forever. I love the swept-across-the-forehead braid with loose pieces dangling down.



Galliano + Rachel Roy do the fabric braided look so well.


Suno looks to Afrika for these stunning hairdos— rope and fabric make quite a bold statement. And the model + photos are just gorgeous.

What is your favorite hairdo? Would you add fabric strips to your braids or plaits? Wear a turban? A headwrap? Lace + beading across your forehead?

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    May 4, 2011, 09.27 PMby ashleyraine

    I’ve attempted to make one of the Prada knit headbands. I posted the pattern on my blog if anyone wants to give it a try. I’m also open to edits! http://thefeistyredhead.blogspot.com/2011/05/chunky-knit-headband.html

    Wasn’t sure if I could post this in Projects since it’s technically knitting instead of sewing.

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    Apr 28, 2011, 05.37 AMby misslivia

    So inspiring! Definitely going to work on incorporating headpieces in to my next runway show!

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    Apr 27, 2011, 06.28 PMby Ruth Brown

    It’s no fun being over 50. Try one of these looks & people think you’ve lost your mind. We need some fun fashion for us “old ladies”.

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    Apr 27, 2011, 03.39 PMby fashionfreek

    Many moons ago my mother used to plait my hair with lovely ribbons. I guess i will have a go with my daughter’s now;-)

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    Apr 27, 2011, 10.16 AMby FashionSewingBlog

    I like the beaded applique would look great with evening wear but not sure about the contrasting neon eye shadow. The hairdo (rope and fabric), is a great casual look and would go well with jeans etc. Oh to be younger and have legs like those.

    Colleen G Lea

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    Apr 27, 2011, 10.10 AMby loves2sew555

    I love the big bows and I would definately wear it out! Gorgeous

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    Apr 27, 2011, 05.50 AMby Anita Merrill

    I love the lace pieces. I remember braiding ribbons into my hair when I was younger but I don’t know if I’d do it again. I like the knit headbands, they’re more elegant than the ones with the large flowers that were so big last year.

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    Apr 26, 2011, 10.37 PMby ruelmala

    Wow..this is amazing…a very creative way and unique style just for hair..I want to know how to this one…..

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    Apr 26, 2011, 09.20 PMby maggiemowbray

    As a milliner, I love anything which would encourage people to be more creative with how they adorn their heads, I love the beaded and lace pieces.

    Maggie, Tramp Millinery

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    Apr 26, 2011, 07.28 PMby Leana Luna

    I love the idea of adding lace to your hair. Mostly I just pick a long scarf, wrap it around my head once and then wrap the other half around my head, but twisted (not sure if that explains a lot..). It’s inpsired by how women wore there headscarfs in Early Medieval Holland for example but more often in Scandinavia (vikings). Can’t find a great picture, but if someone’s interested I’d be able to take pics of myself wearing several ways of doing a wimple/headscarf (modern as well as historic)

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      Apr 27, 2011, 12.55 PMby rogue-cellist

      I’m curious. I’ve got rather a lot of long, largely neglected hair and I’m always looking for head coverings/adornments that I can work with. I’d cut it but I’m afraid a real hair style would take more work to maintain it!

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    Apr 26, 2011, 06.34 PMby armywife

    I am in love with the braided knit headbands. I am considering how I would go about it on a store bought headband without taking all the stretch out of it. I also love the exagerated eyebrows on the brunette, it looks odd to me on the blonde, but that might just be that they are too dark.

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      Apr 27, 2011, 12.58 PMby rogue-cellist

      I like the effect of those too. I think the originals are a really long narrow length that are looped around the head over and over again.

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    Apr 26, 2011, 05.05 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    I like the neon faux hair in the bun…I think there’s something here for everyone, all ages. I think sometimes older women steer away from playful hair dos…but if you’ve got lots of hair (fake or real) flaunt it, have fun with it. I also like the lace accents, so easy to do they almost look like little cocktail hats.

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