We spent the week in New York backstage with all of your favorite designers, nail artists, and brands, and we’re pretty pumped about what Fall/Winter 2017 has in store. Several shows had show-stopping nails, while others kept it muted and simple in nudes. We found several trends emerging from between those two extremes. Namely four trends caught our eye at fashion week, and we can’t wait to show them to you. fashion week nail trends
The metallic accent, whether in nail art or whole nails in a metallic shade, was the look de rigeur from lead manicurist Rita Remark for essie. At many of her shows, we saw the artist blend metals seamlessly into the nail looks at Christian Siriano, Alice + Olivia, and Monse. From silvery chromed out nails at Monse, to sweeps and dashes of copper at Siriano, metallics ruled for Remark. fashion week nail trends
The look at Alice + Olivia was inspired by studded black leather. The essie team used shades Licorice and Good As Gold to create the nail.
At Christian Siriano, the look was inspired by Death Valley and the wavy, naturally occurring layers of the desert. Remark applied two coats of essie shade “Carry On” and then applied sparing wavy lines of “Leggy Legend” and “Grenadine,” a few dashes of “A Cut Above” and finished with “Good to Go” topcoat. fashion week nail trends
At Monse Maison, Remark and team went for a color blocked design that was meant to look black as the models walked toward the crowd, but silvery chrome as they walked to back down the runway.
Pop of Color
Generally, we see a bold, pop of color in September, when the shows are Spring/Summer collections. Providing further evidence that the rules for nails are out the window, we saw brights on Fall/Winter runways. At shows like Tibi, Tanya Taylor, and Libertine, color played a key role in defining the total nail look. fashion week nail trends
At Tanya Taylor, manicurist Julie Kandalec created a wide french with a deep smile line over a soft square shape. This bold color blocking used essie shade “Go Overboard,” and provided a bright exclamation point against the colorful palette of the clothing.
JinSoon Choi and team showed an interesting take on the trend with a single nail polished in a bright shade on each hand. We expect to see this trend everywhere this summer, which will be easy to recreate in the salon. A neutral manicure with one bold slice of bright on one finger.
At Libertine, the amount of color was consistent with past seasons, but the colorful rose garden pattern was the standout in our eyes. Team CND, lead by Heather Reynosa-Davis, used shades from the current New Wave collection, among other brights in the color library to accent the pattern clash in the collection. We will take a deep dive into the creation of this nail collection next week, so stay tuned. fashion week nail trends
Basic nail art shapes were presented in not-so-basic ways on the runways of Jeremy Scott and Tommy Hilfiger. Even though the shows were on opposite coasts, the starlet trend was one of the strongest statements this season.
At the Tommy show, lead manicurist Mar y Soul Inzerillo used China Glaze silver shade “I’d Melt for You” and a custom-mixed gold that was a blend of a yellow-gold pigment powder and topcoat to create the hand painted stars. The jury is out whether this custom gold color will be released in a future collection.
At Jeremy Scott, lead manicurist Miss Pop, Creative Ambassador for CND, used a custom blend of three Vinylux shades to achieve the perfect “sun-soaked” red. Layering “Banana Clips,” “Electric Orange,” and “Wildfire,” she made a bright, orangey red that was the only color not represented in the clothing.
Some models wore just the straight red color on a soft almond nail, and others had golden stars created using Vinylux Locket Love. Drawing inspiration from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the stars on dressing room doors, the stars peeked in from corners on some nails and covered others.
This season firmly established grey as the new neutral. Grey showed up on the nails at several shows, in shades from chalky grey to mushroomy neutrals. fashion week nail trends
Team JinSoon used grey polishes in a negative space graphic slash at the Prabal Gurung show. Models wore differing shades of grey to complement the graphic makeup.
At Proenza Schouler, Team China Glaze, lead by Honey Nailz, used Pelican Grey on some of the models’ nails, while the rest went bare with topcoat. The grey nails matched the neutral tone of the collection and allowed the pop of color on the toes, which matched the shoes. fashion week nail trends
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