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September 2 2014

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Nail Art: The Evolution

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Frequent readers of this blog are aware that we’ve moved on from our one-time obsession with nail art. When some of the fashion world’s biggest influencers signaled a backlash to all things glitter-encrusted, animal-printed, and the like at the Fall 2011 shows by popularizing a neutral nail palette, we were right on board with them, embracing the new-era nude manicure in all of its clean, fluid-silhouette glory. Hand designs and the like aren’t going down without a fight, though. “Nail art is not going away,” Deborah Lippmann confirmed yesterday at Donna Karan (more on that in a bit). But there seems to be a movement afoot backstage in New York, in which polish pioneers like Lippmann and Essie Weingarten are publicizing a new kind of nail art, a chicer nail art, a nail art for “a luxury woman,” according to Lippmann. What does that kind of nail art look like? It’s unadorned and simple, like the two coats of Deborah Lippmann Fashion, a mauve-y taupe, that the manicurist topped with a French tip of her burgundy Single Ladies for Karan’s show; the similarly styled mix of NARS Edelweiss, a sheer cream that nail artist Kim D’Amato topped with its Kata, an onyx, backstage at Thakoon, above; and the Japanese comic book-inspired “1/8 of a moon” of Essie Blanc, painted vertically and then topped with its Licorice, a dark black, and Chinchilly a warm gray. “It’s nail art in its most sophisticated form,” Weingarten surmised. We’d have to agree.

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