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Let’s Talk About Nails…in French


Titania Inglis - Presentation - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion WeekIn the past, I cringed at the concept of a French manicure. The first and only time I ever had one was for my bat mitzvah—nothing says “Today I am a woman” (the traditional phrase that kicks off many a post-Torah-reading speech) like acrylic nails with airbrushed white tips. But now this classic design is staging one very chic comeback. Roland Mouret strayed from the manicure’s straight-and-narrow origins and had polish painted on the bias at his Spring 2013 show, while Titania Inglis played up the gold rings on models’ fingers the following season by extending the metallic shade down onto their tips and forming an edgy “V” shape. And who could forget the ombré nails at Rodarte that were as cool as the barbed-wire crowns the girls wore down the Mulleavy sisters’ Fall 2013 runway? The French mani certainly has no shortage of chutzpah.

To see the evolution of the French manicure, check out this month’s “The Look.”

Photo: Ilya S. Savenock/Getty

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