“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!
The Manicures You Need to See From New York Fashion Week
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At Vera Wang, Jin Soon used her own nail polish ($18) in Mica for Wang’s “dark, romance” themed collection.
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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.
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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.
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Sure it’s nude, but Soon used her matte, confetti-like glitter ($18) in Polka White on top for texture.
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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.
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Inspired by Tadashi Shoji’s Moorish references, Hughes painted half-moons and tips gold with Butter London’s Nail Lacquer ($15) in Marbs.
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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.
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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.
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Jin Soon Nail Lacquer in Mica ($18)
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Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle ($8)
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Butter London Nail Lacquer in Marbs ($15)
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Essie Nail Polish in Licorice ($8)
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Essie Nail Polish in Penny Talk ($8)
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Essie Nail Polish in Aruba Blue ($8)
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Essie Nail Polish in Blanc ($8)
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Butter London Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black ($15)
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Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Break 4 Love ($18)
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Essie Nail Polish in Bordeaux ($8)
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Essie Nail Polish in Smokin Hot ($8)
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Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat ($8)
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Essie Nail Polish in Hors D'Oeuvres ($8)
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Essie Nail Polish in Wrapped in Rubies ($8)
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Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in It's Raining Men ($18)
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Essie Nail Polish in Go Overboard ($8)
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Essie Matte About You ($8)