Odile Gilbert created the highly original look for Jason Wu’s spring 2013 show. She did a sleek marcel wave on one side and what she called an “African braid” in the back. The beauty editors backstage were rapt–what is this African braid and how is it different from a French braid (which is what it looked like to my untrained eye)?
Turns out it’s all in how you pull it. The African braid is “much closer to the scalp,” according to Odile. OK so maybe it looks a lot like a French braid (only here Odile tucked it under into a chignon), but we’ll keep practicing the finer points of braid recognition.