Fashion Week Fall 2015: The Best Runway Manicures
Nail artist extraordinaire Gina Edwards for KISS laquered each model up in a tawny nude hue, with a subtle metallic statement on the ring finger.
Jenny Packham's girls took the runway in a design as delicate and feminine as the gorgeous gowns. After a layer of base coat, Michelle Saunders applied a dot of Essie's Tart Deco ($8.50; essie.com), then dabbed the glittery Summit of Style hue ($8.50; essie.com) over the coral tone, and onto the natural nail.
The French manicure got an extra-edgy twist at Jeremy Scott, where models each wore a different base color, topped off with a white tip and crisp horizontal line.
Lead manicurist Jin Soon paired a bold red base with nude lining around the cuticle for Marc Jacobs' models.
Oversized claws decked out in rhinestones complemented the Clockwork Orange-inspired collection at The Blonds.
Alice + Olivia
Using the colors from Gurung's upcoming collaboration with Sally Hansen, lead manicurist Jin Soon applied a grey base color, then followed with a swipe of navy on the center portion of three digits. "I'm a big fan of simple nail art, and the pattern looks almost like a slit," she says. To get the line exact, she altered a pointed striping brush to impart a clean, precise finish. "Some striping brushes are tapered on the ends, so what I like to do is cut off the point to make it straight," she adds. "After that, you can do the pattern in one swipe."
The neutral base at Tracy Reese was outlined in warm red and orange hues.
"This is one of the easiest manicures you can do on yourself," says lead manicurist Michelle Saunders, who applied a base coat of Essie's Mademoiselle, then layered the Berry Naughty and Midnight Cami hues ($8.50 each; essie.com) onto the tip. "The brush does all the work for you. The width of the stripe is the width of the brush---you're doing a little X at the top of your nails with the red, then you follow with the exact same pattern with the blue."
Cushnie et Ochs
At Cushnie et Ochs, a nude Christian Louboutin base was paired with a sole pop-of-color stud. Models' manis varied between a navy blue or turquoise statement.
To complement his colorful fall collection, Siriano collaborated with Jamberry Nails on a custom set of nail wraps, which featured a hunter green and grey ombre effect.
For lead manicurist Deborah Lippmann, acquiring the crystals for the Badgley Mischka show almost mirrored a plotline out of Breaking Bad. "They were sent over from Austria to me in Los Angeles, and it was so funny, it looked like a full-on drug deal," she tells us. "A messenger came over to me on the Pacific Coast Highway and we were trying to find each other, so I pull over, and she comes out of her car and hands me this bag of white crystals. For me, it was a full-on drug deal, because look at that majorness!" To create the effect, Lippmann applied two layers of her upcoming Can't Be Tamed shade, a warm gold, then swept a coat of Fade to Black ($18; deborahlippmann.com) over the top. Crystals were applied to the undersides, and after a coat of glue was added to the tips, she sprinkled more crystals on the front of the nails, then pressed them into place. "They should land a little haphazardly," she adds. "Like if a few are sticking off the edge of the nail, that's the idea---she's just a bit messy, like she's just had a really good night."
Lead manicurist Julie Kandalec layered on two coats of Essie's Aruba Blue ($8.50; essie.com), which created an unexpected metallic effect.
Lead manicurist Miss Pop went for a minimalist take on the negative space nail, applying a strip of thin tape down the center of the nail before layering on OPI's Light My Sapphire ($9.50; opi.com for locations) and a matte top coat. "The color has a lot of glitter and shimmer, but when you mattify it, it almost looks like velvet," she says.
The shiny purple tip contrasted with the matte grey base color at Wes Gordon. To create the look, lead manicurist Rita Remark started with a layer of Smokin' Hot ($8.50; essie.com), which was topped off with a matte clear coat. A thick, vertical line using Sexy Divide ($8.50; essie.com), a rich violet, was then added and extended to the tip.
With Kaelen's collection paying homage to Audrey Horne of Twin Peaks, lead manicurist Gina Edwards switched the dreamscape Chevron pattern from its famed black and white palette to a nude-on-nude effect. Each model wore the KISS Nail Covers in Active Oval ($6; drugstore.com), which were striped using two KISS Design Perfection Chevron stickers ($6; amazon.com). Edwards painted a custom blend of mauve lacquer on top, and once it dried, she peeled back the stickers to reveal the design.
To play off of the dreamy, flight-inspired collection, lead manicurist Katie Jane Hughes dabbed Butter London's Cotton Buds ($15; butterlondon.com) onto the tips to create a cloud-like appearance, then followed with Butter London's The Full Monty ($15; butterlondon.com), which gave the gradient the Midas touch.
Never the brand to shy away from a statement mani, Libertine's girls had their digits decked out in a black and gold color palette, which featured chains and unexpected 3D elements.
A Jackson Pollock-esque smattering of colors adorned models' digits at Desigual, complementing the bold printed ensembles.
Talk about out-of-this-world nail art. "The nail look was inspired by Star Wars and the really beautiful sunset scenes from the movie," says lead manicurist Alicia Morello. "The look reflects the earth tones, ‘70s colors and vibe of the collection." To create the look, the pro applied a base color of Zoya's Ziv ($9; zoya.com), then used the nude Brittany hue ($9; zoya.com) to create the rounded shape just below the tips. Across the bottom portion of the nail, Morello then applied the Taylor, Aubrey, and Normani shades ($9 each; zoya.com) with a quick swiping motion for each color.
Lead manicurist Jin Soon mirrored the dramatic blue eye with two coats of her sapphire lacquer in Heirloom ($18; jinsoon.com).
Models at Opening Ceremony wore sets of customized designs by CND inspired by film, with printed contact sheets and striped lacquer patterns adorning the nails.
Jin Soon painted up an angled French design that played off of Tibi's icy color palette.