Contrast was the name of the game when it came to nails at this season’s Fashion shows. Looks ranged from light and innocent to dark and dangerously chic this season. We saw pretty swan white polishes, barely-there French manicures and buff looks juxtaposed with black vamp shades, medieval “cage” inspired designs and the most breathtaking of all—the “dripping blood” effect. Balancing out these more extreme styles, we noticed plenty of glamorous metallic varnishes and colorful two-tone manicures that added the perfect pop of sparkle and impact.
Neutral, cream colored nails for spring isn’t such a shock—it’s a minimalist trend that’s been gaining momentum since last year . This season, toning down your nails is the new way to play it cool.
The Dark Side
A dark romantic mood was also noted backstage. From the grayish navy shades at Jason Wu to the purple vinyl at Marchesa, the dark angel look went over big.
Flashes of Metallic
Gold, silver, cooper—there were no shortage of luxurious finishes at the spring shows. For those who want to experiment with the trend without going too far, try painting just your tips with a bit of sparkle or decorating one or two nails with specks of gold.
Two Tone Manicure
Bold without being too over the top, the dual polish effect got plenty of play at the shows. A new twist on the French manicure, the look is easy to do on your own. Just pick contrasting shades that flatter your skin tone and use a small brush to paint on a graphic style—try a half moon, a vertical split, a V-shape or a diagonal strip.
Manicurists played around with dark and dangerous themes, giving us a medieval “cage” effect with crisscrossed strips, a shark-bite jagged edge , a goth-inspired reverse mani and the much talked-about “dripping blood” look with tiny splatters of red polish at Prabal Gurung. Twisted!
What’s your Nail personality?
Helwi El Hayet