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NYFW: Did Elizabeth Olsen's Ponytail Inspire the Runway Hair at Suno?

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Models walk at the Suno fall 2016 show during NYFW

Velvet-wrapped ponytails popped up on the models at Suno's fall 2016 show.

Much like the topknot and the hun (half-up bun), it appears the velvet-wrapped ponytail could be the latest hashtag-able hairdo. While Vogue.com declared “Suno Just Solved Your Date-Night Hair Situation: Meet the Velvet-Wrapped Ponytail,” the look isn’t entirely new.

French hairstylist Odile Gilbert created the look using Kerastase products for models walking the runway at Suno’s fall 2016 show — and she also created velvet-wrapped chignons for the models three years ago at Monique Lhuillier’s fall 2013 show. But, the velveteen pony that had fashionistas in a frenzy at Suno was previously seen at a shoot last November for The Hollywood Reporter’s Beauty Issue.

"MONDAY MUSE: #ElizabethOlsen rocking an edgy, wrapped ponytail that @marktownsend1 created for #THRbeauty" (Photo: @carolmccolgin)

WAY BACK: Models walk at the fall 2013 Monique Lhuillier show. (Photo: Getty Images)

It was the genius of red-carpet hairstylist Mark Townsend, whose clients include Rachel McAdams and Dakota Johnson. Townsend had originally created a silk-velvet wrapped low ponytail for client Elizabeth Olsen to wear to the I Saw the Light premiere in Nashville: “Lizzy texted me and said I am thinking about a ribbon in the hair, so when she said she wanted a ribbon, I brought about 20 options — leather, suede, velvet — different widths.

"At first we were just going to wrap the ponytail at the base with a very small ribbon, but Lizzy said ‘Let’s really go for it, like, let’s use more,’ so I wrapped the entire ponytail,” recalled Townsend. He opted to go a step further and create an even bolder, edgier version — similar to the ones seen at Suno — for THR’s beauty shoot on Nov. 2 at The Row’s Melrose Avenue store in Los Angeles. “We wanted to give it a more editorial feel,” said Townsend.

WRAPPED UP: Olsen at the 'I Saw the Light' premiere in Nashville. (Photo: Getty Images)

How to get the look? Townsend divided the hair it into three sections and secured them with elastics to make three separate ponytails. He then used a single piece of velvet to wrap them all together, securing with black bobby pins (sprayed with dry shampoo for extra hold).

Backstage at Suno, Gilbert crisscrossed the velvet “like a corset” and knotted it occasionally in the back to keep the ribbon from slipping. Or, why not revisit runway shots from Lhuillier’s fall 2013 show and create a hybrid of the velvet-wrapped bun and currently coveted pony — a velvet-wrapped top knot perhaps?

VERY VELVET: A model backstage at Monique Lhuillier's fall 2013 show. (Photo: Getty Images)

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