Thanks to the Disney princess phenomenon, every Fashionista has dreamed of Rapunzel’s infamously lengthy locks. Fall’s runways had dozens of parading beauties with waist-length, effervescent tresses reminiscent of Rapunzel herself. While Jason Wu channeled his inner warrior with ever-so-sleek ponytails, Prabal Gurung accentuated the mane with a dramatic middle part. Perhaps the most intriguing take on this fairytale hair was Fendi’s revamping of the traditional braid. The f/w 2012 collection depicted dozens of models with narrowly twisted tassels in Fendi’s quest to the re-create the spirit of Rome through a juxtaposition of styles and genres. He skillfully pairs the luxury of fur with hints of tribal flare, tailored silhouettes and delicate pleating.
I immediately felt a sense of nostalgia for this legendary collection when I spotted this Fashionista heading to class. Like Fendi himself, she creates that desired juxtaposition of style and genre through a play on fabrications and a delicate balance of print and solid. Her snakeskin denim reflects the surge in prints on everything from leggings to leg warmers. Urban Outfitters has a huge selection of Aztec-inspired leggings that reflects the current love for all things animal. If you’re in the mood for something a little more daring, look no further than the Pistol Skinny Jeans from NASTY GAL. It combines the best of both worlds into one pair of pants: black and tiger print.
Pair your print with a solid staple to give an onlooker’s eye a break. This Fashionista rocks an army green sweater from none other than Burlington Coat Factory. To add an element of femininity, she belts the sweater to give it form. The belt even adds another dimension of fabrication, artfully contrasting the denim of the pants and the suede of the shoes. To top it all off, she mimics Rapunzel’s fairytale beauty with literal waist skimming locks. I couldn’t help but admire each perfected braid, reflective of Fendi’s twisted tassels. With hair that head turning, I secretly yearned for my average length locks to grow to their waist-long potential.