“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!
At Vera Wang, Jin Soon used her own nail polish ($18) in Mica for Wang’s “dark, romance” themed collection.
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’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.
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.
Sure it’s nude, but Soon used her matte, confetti-like glitter ($18) in Polka White on top for texture.
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.
Inspired by Tadashi Shoji’s Moorish references, Hughes painted half-moons and tips gold with Butter London’s Nail Lacquer ($15) in Marbs.
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.
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.
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.
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.