Contrast was the name of the game when it came to nails at the fashion shows. Looks ranged from light and innocent to dark and dangerously chic this season.
Neutral, cream colored nails for spring isn’t such a shock. It’s a minimalist trend that’s been gaining momentum since last year. There were soft milky shades at Marc Jacobs, pure whites at Rag & Bone, and plenty of un-done French mani’s at Chanel. 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.
Gold, silver, cooper; there were no shortage of luxurious finishes at the spring shows. Standouts included the glam galaxy nails at Nicole Miller, created with a diamond decal, and the sleek platinum racing streak at Monika Chiang. 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 skintone 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 at Rodarte, a shark-bite jagged edge at The Blonds, a goth-inspired reverse mani at Thierry Mugler and the much talked-about “dripping blood” look with tiny splatters of red polish at Prabal Gurung.