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The Manicures You Need to See From New York Fashion Week

  • The Manicures You Need to See From New York Fashion Week
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  • Vera Wang
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    Vera Wang

    At Vera Wang, Jin Soon used her own nail polish ($18) in Mica for Wang’s “dark, romance” themed collection.

  • Creatures of the Wind
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    Creatures of Comfort

    Butter London’s lead manicurist, Katie Jane Hughes, painted marbled nails by dropping different shades of polish into a bowl of water, swirling them around, and then dipping each nail into the paint to capture the rings of color.

  • Rodarte
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    Rodarte’s fall collection was inspired by childhood nostalgia, so naturally the nails were princess-like, coated in one layer of Sally Hansen’s Lacquer in Pink Dream, an iridescent glitter that’s out next September.

  • Jenny Packham
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    Jenny Packham

    Subtle nail art feels fresh, like the delicate Solaris designs that Saunders painted on models’ ring fingers at Jenny Packham. She dipped a bobby pin in Essie’s Wrapped in Rubies, Penny Talk, and Hors D’Oeuvres ($8) to paint the design dot by dot.

  • DKNY
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    DKNY’s street style-heavy collection meant pavement inspired nails. Saunders used Essie’s Nail Polish ($8) in Smokin Hot on top of the brand’s Blanc for a sort of inverted French manicure.

  • Tibi
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    Sure it’s nude, but Soon used her matte, confetti-like glitter ($18) in Polka White on top for texture.

  • Matheu Mirano
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    Mathieu Mirano

    Essie manicurist Miss Pop painted one side of each nail with the brand’s polish ($8) in Bordeaux and used Licorice on the other, an homage to the Christian Louboutin pumps storming the runway.

  • Karen Walker
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    Karen Walker

    Jin Soon’s Nail Polish ($18) in Kookie White, a powdery, pale blue, complemented the dark blues and blacks of Karen Walker’s menswear-inspired collection.

  • Tadashi Shoji
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    Tadashi Shoji

    Inspired by Tadashi Shoji’s Moorish references, Hughes painted half-moons and tips gold with Butter London’s Nail Lacquer ($15) in Marbs.

  • Opening Ceremony
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    Opening Ceremony

    Manicurist Naomi Yasuda, working with Essie, played with negative space at Opening Ceremony. Depending on the outfit, geometric shapes were painted with the brand’s polish ($8) in Aruba Blue, Go Overboard, or Master Plan.

  • Wes Gordon
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    Wes Gordon

    The models at Wes Gordon were given “wicked” French manicures by Essie artist Rita Remark. Score the dark burgundy base by layering one coat of polish ($8) in Penny Talk underneath one coat of Bordeaux.

  • 3.1 Phillip Lim
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    3.1 Phillip Lim

    At 3.1 Phillip Lim, the designer debuted the first of nine nail polishes he’s designing with Nars. Crossroads, a deep, dark purple, hit beauty counters this summer.

  • Honor
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    At Honor, Deborah Lippmann celebrated Valentine’s Day a few days early by painting pink and red “peek-a-boo crescents” in Break 4 Love ($18) and It’s Raining Men ($18).

  • Prabal Gurung
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    ICB x Prabal Gurung

    Hughes used Butter London’s Nail Lacquer ($15) in Jack Black and various shades of blue to create a tweed effect at ICB x Prabal Gurung.

  • Proenza Schouler
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    Proenza Schouler

    The Proenza Schouler surfer girl is usually au naturel, but this season she wore an iridescent green nail, courtesy of M.A.C.’s Nail Lacquer ($16) in Green Pearl.

“I have a big surprise for you,” Jin Soon, fashion’s favorite manicurist, says backstage at Derek Lam’s show, “it’s nude!” Indeed, the big nail story for fall is nude, but it does come in different shapes and sizes.

At Reed Krakoff, lead manicurist Michelle Saunders painted Essie’s Matte Top Coat ($8) over the brand’s Mademoiselle ($8) for a buffed look. At Marchesa, Soon used Marchesa x Revlon’s ($5) Grey Suede (the title’s deceiving) to elongate the fingers. At Altuzarra, Saunders created a sheer French manicure, while at Donna Karan, Milly, and Helmut Lang, manicurists used Essie’s Ridge Filling Base Coat ($8) to make sure the nails looked strong and healthy, while opaque nudes ruled at Band of Outsiders, Jason Wu, and rag & bone.

Of course, not everyone went nude! There were sparkles and glitter and yes, even some nail art. The week’s most inspiring manicures, above!

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