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New York S/S ’13: Six Nail Art Looks To Try This Instant
Tue, 11 September 2012 9:01AM
It’s officially here to stay!
Yep, Primpers, word on the street in New York is that nail art isn’t going anywhere. And frankly, I’m thrilled about it.
It’s not often a beauty trend sticks around for this long. Normally they breeze onto the beauty stage, steal a few moments in the spotlight and breeze right back out again. One season hair is softly textured, the next it’s sleek and smooth, before suddenly morphing into slicked back and oiled up. And don’t even get me started on the makeup.
But finally we have something to hold onto. Something that, quite conveniently, takes a little bit of time to master; meaning that by the time you actually get your head around all the different patterns, colours and fine art detail, you won’t have missed the ship. Hooray!
Although the international collections are only a few days in, there’s no smudging the fact that nail art is going to be big yet again. With designers like Erin Fetherston and Prabal Gurung viewing nails as an accessory to be held in the same regard as, well, real accessories like jewellery and handbags, it’s safe to say this trend is only just getting started.
At the S/S ’13 shows in New York there were a few standout nail trends coming through. Metallic is still around, as is playing with tones, patterns and painting things on the diagonal. Here, my top six nail designs from New York Fashion Week…
1. Erin Fetherston’s Metallic Silver Polish
Katie Hughes, Global Colour Ambassador for butter LONDON was behind this metallic look that makes me look at aluminium foil in a whole new light. Of course, she didn’t really use foil, instead opting for butter LONDON 3-Free Nail Lacquer Colours in Lillibet’s Jubilee and The Full Monty.
The design came about in an effort to mimic the look of jewellery. Erin ditched rings and bracelets in favour of fancy nail art. And we love it!
PS – for more on how to get the pretty Erin Fetherston look, click here.
2. Veda’s Tie-Dye Nails
Of all the looks I’ve seen so far, this was the most fun for me. Why? Well, Primpers, it’s quirky and cool but best of all, easy to achieve at home. And with my nail prowess, I need all the help I can get. Katie Hughes has been a busy lady this week, creating this look as well. For this show, the inspiration came from the tie-dye clothes in the collection and she created the look with a mix of Knackered – which was used as a top coat to give the nails a holographic effect – before adding the black stripe. Recreate the look with butter LONDON Toff, Sloane Ranger, Knackered and Union Jack Black.
3. Kaelen’s Black & White Distressed Nail Art
Yep, you can thank Ms. Hughes for this one too. The feel of the Kaelen show was all about sharp ’80s lines and rock prints, lending itself to something distressed and over-the-top and fabulous. Like this. Katie added pops of sunny neon yellow to offset the mainly black palette as well as a nude khaki that was layered in jagged strokes towards the bed. Oh, and to make it even more ‘arty’, they matted out only the black section, creating a dual-textured look for the show. LOVE! For an exact replica, use butter LONDON 3-Free Lacquer Colours in Yummy Mummy, Union Jack Black, Matte Finish Shine-Free Topcoat.
4. Veronica Beard’s Bias Cut Two-Tone Nails
What’s not to love about this elegant nail look? Essie wasa the brand behind this artistic delight and wanted to give the nails a ‘sexy jungle feel’. Recreate the look at home by applying one coat of Essie Penny Talk, followed by a V-shaped coat of Recessionista – starting from the middle of the cuticle to the edge of the nail. Finish off with a coat of Good To Go.
5. Prabal Gurung’s Blood Dripped Nails
While I never thought I’d see the day when blood dripping nails were on my ‘must-try’ list, I have to say these are pretty spectacular. Right, Primpers? Sally Hansen’s nail ambassador, Tracylee worked her wicket ways and created this look (which was inspired by Anish Kapoor) by dripping Angel Bite – a colour in the Prabal Gurung for Sally Hansen collection – onto perfectly manicured fingers.
6. Lauren Moffatt’s Tangerine Diagonal Nails
Inspired by the colours in the clothes, the team from OPI applied two coats OPI nail lacquer in Don’t Touch My Tutu as the base. Half were finished with a pop of diagonal color in A Roll in the Hague, while the other half were polished with a diagonal created with one coat OPI nail lacquer in The “It” Color topped with one coat OPI nail lacquer in Don’t Talk Bach to Me. I’m sold, are you?
Tell me Primpers…
What do you think of these nail looks?
Want to try any?
Posted by: Yasemin Trollope