The Fall 2011 shows are 75% over, and we're pretty comfortable calling braids a world-wide trend. Can we blame/credit Alex Wang's S/S 2010 collection for the current plaitmania? Hard to say, but you couldn't go more than 50 feet without seeing a braided model.
They were loose and boho at Rag and Bone and Erdem (and Mara Hoffman topped hers with turbans). Rachel Roy and Erin Fetherston were channeling the St.Pauli Girl (or yodelers). Alexandre Herchcovitch and Nanette Lepore got complicated with their braided updos, and Etro flirted with cornrows.