Fashion Week Nail Trends

Runway nails are an art form all their own. Every season a new, fabulous trend comes through and we cannot wait to try it out!  This season was no different. Between New York, London and Milan there was a plethora of nail art inspiration, and most of them are quite easy to try at home.  All you need is a little patience and a few select nail tools to make everything a whole lot easier!

Trend #1 Lucite Nails

CND for Joy Cioci

CND for Joanna Mastroianni

Minx for David Koma

CND dominated the runway trends this season. The most unexpected and oddly wearable look was Lucite nails. The CND artists used clear fake nails and instead of painting over the entire thing, left the tips clean. The glided lace pattern for Mastroianni was made using CND’s Desert Suede, Brilliant White, Ivory Coast and Gold Shimmer. Minx did the same for Koma when creating their colorful tribal patterns. This would be incredibly simple to do with an extremely thin brush (like the Royal & Langnickel R4250!). Just put a few drops of nail polish in a dish, dip the nail art brush and create any pattern you desire!

Trend #2 Ombre

Wanda Ruiz for CND at Jen Kao

Sally Hansen for Prabal Gurung

butter LONDON for Yigal Azrouel’s Cut 25

Ombre nails have been around for a few seasons, but the SS12 shows brought ombre to the extreme. Whether it was the contrast of black and jewel tones or three bright colors like at Cut 25, the ombre manicure is now for those who want to get noticed. This is very easy to achieve at home because it doesn’t require any extra tools! Getting a great ombre is all about timing of coats. For Jen Kao, the CND artists painted a black base and let it dry completely, but then when they put the bright colors on the tips, a top coat was applied while it was still wet which caused to colors to bleed so perfectly.

If you want to do an even simpler take on the ombre, look no farther than Prabal Gurung. A very feminine lilac was topped with a deep purple to give a lot of contrast and create a clean-line ombre that would look fabulous on anyone.

Trend #3 Neutrals and Nudes

OPI for BCBG MaxAzria

Alexander Wang for Sally Hansen. The models wore Parchment

butter LONDON for VPL

Neutrals and nudes are always a staple in any fashion week, but this year it erred towards the more feminine and translucent colors. A barely-there pinky beige was on the fingers of the BCBG girls thanks to OPI’s Samoan Sand, and a dustier pink was seen at VPL from butter LONDON. At Alexander Wang models sported painted nails for the first time ever. Wang’s first foray into beauty will be available to purchase at drugstores everywhere this spring, so it’ll be a cinch to own your own little piece of his runway. Nude nails are a barely-there, yet girly way to paint your fingers and the colors always last the longest because chipping isn’t as noticeable (a big pro in our book!).

After all of this nail art eye candy, we’re off to go experiment with our polishes! Don’t be afraid to try something new and different on your digits this week.

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Categories: Fashion Week, Nails, Trends

Author:The Art of Beauty Blog

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2 Comments on “Fashion Week Nail Trends”

  1. September 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    Love these nail looks. I like the neutrals from Butter London. Neutrals are something I haven’t tried before.


  1. Breakin’ All The Rules | - October 11, 2011

    […] through makeup and no rules should limit what colors you use. Check out the recent trends from Fashion Week to see how fun nails are becoming! Another rule we can kick is matching your finger and toe polish. […]

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