On the red carpet at the Met Gala 2014, the event that every year joins celebrities from all the world at Metropolitan Museum of Arts di New York, braids were the key hair trend. Emma Stone (picture 1) paired her fun and flirty pink Thakoon crop top and skirt combo with a loose braid, with the band wrapped in a thick strand of hair. Worn side-parted and slung over one shoulder, this is a relaxed style but it definitely works with her easy, breezy take on evening wear. Gabrielle Union (picture 2) was one of several guests who took a risk with a crop top, and she also opted to go high with her hair. Textured halo braids add a hint of softness to this otherwise sexy look, making for an overall darkly romantic mood. If Janelle Monae (picture 3) isn’t in a hat, we can pretty much guarantee that she’ll be doing something great with her hair. This occasion was no exception. Taking My Little Pony as her inspiration, seemingly, the braid swoops across her forehead and down the back for Rapunzel-worthy lengths. Joan Smalls (picture 4) opted for a minimal take on the trend, with a skinny fishtail braid swung over one should. This style is a great way to show off the ombre colour in Joan’s hair – and the tones work perfectly with her gown too. Lily Allen (picture 5) opted for a voluminous updo, wrapping a chunky braid around her head for a new twist on the classic halo braid. Although it’s hard to see the detail on her dark hair, this intricate look is a pretty alternative to a classic updo and works perfectly with the boat neckline on her Chanel dress.