For the last several seasons we’ve suffered through no-mani manis (the nail equivalent of no-makeup makeup), with backstage manicurists touting short, clean, “naked” nails as the trend to try. But at the Spring 2018 shows, nails made major noise with looks that were anything but minimal. So kiss those nude nails goodbye and prepare to get artsy. Here are the fresh-off-the-runway manicures you’ll most definitely want to try come spring—because according to New York Fashion Week, statement nails are back!
Backstage at Kith, Alicia Torello for Essie gave select models sporty racing stripes and a chic take on the Champion logo.
For Shayne Oliver’s Helmut Lang debut, Naomi Yasuda used OPI products and nail stickers (created on temporary tattoo paper) to achieve a ’90s-inspired, over-the-top logo look on squared-off nails.
Backstage at Monse, Rita Remark for Essie painted sporty stripes on models’ nails before adding a varsity jacket-inspired “M” (for Monse, naturally) on each thumb.
Oscar de la Renta
Julie Kandalec for Essie used the brand’s Good as Gold and Penny Talk polishes at Oscar de la Renta to complement the heavily embellished pieces Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia sent down the runway. Metallic is the new neutral.
A nod to the rock ‘n’ roll spirit of Minkoff’s collection, Michelle Saunders for Essie used the brand’s Dressed to the Nineties and Girly Grunge polishes to create a purple-toned metallic manicure that flattered all skin tones.
To complement the drama of Khan’s prima ballerina-inspired collection, Gina Edwards for KISS Products created a silver nail look with cascading jewel embellishments.
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LeChat lead nail artist Naomi Yasuda created three unique designs for Opening Ceremony, including this black and white checker tip.
Backstage at Lela Rose, manicurist Holly Falcone used 7true nail polishes to create an intricate, double French tip look.
Jin Soon Choi used polishes from her namesake brand to paint graphic stripes along models’ nails at Tibi, a nod to ‘80s street style and individuality. Some models received diagonal purple lines, while others received chic black stripes.
Morgan Taylor Lacquer lead artist Gina Edwards created three ‘70s-inspired manicure styles for the Self Portrait show, including this playful shooting star look.
Julie Kandalec for Essie created a chic “ribbons in motion” manicure as a nod to the flowing fabric art installation that served as a backdrop for Tanya Taylor’s colorful collection.
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To mark Jeremy Scott’s 20-year anniversary, CND Creative ambassador Miss Pop created the most buzzed-about manicure of the season: Silver-dusted cuticles radiating from a burst of neon color. Models’ hands glittered like shiny comets streaming down the runway—the perfect finishing touch to Scott’s playfully futuristic collection.
CND, the pioneers of backstage nail artistry, created an endless range of 3-D nail designs for Libertine. Guided by brand co-founder/creative director Jan Arnold and creative lead Heather Reynosa, the CND Design Lab team spent over 1,000 hours perfecting press-on talons adorned with Swarovski crystals, neon tassels, safety pins, barbed wire, and hand-sculpted bird skulls.
Backstage at The Blonds, CND creative lead Shelena Robinson took nail artistry to new heights with oversized gemstones, exotic animal prints, hibiscus flowers, and glow-in-the-dark accents. “Like the Blonds, CND has a passion for creating looks that transcend style to tell a story,” said CND co-founder/creative director Jan Arnold. Mission accomplished.
Images courtesy Julia Murphree