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The Fab Five: Fade To White


White-NailsWhite nail polish got a big boost at the Spring shows last September when it turned up on the runway at Rag & Bone and Moschino—and an even bigger boost when Rihanna rocked the stark opaque color to an L.A. Lakers game over Christmas with Chris Brown, which turned out to be the couple’s unofficial “we’re back together” announcement (they have since split. Again.) It’s an unexpected, albeit wonderful alternative to more predictable pastels as the warmer weather graces us with its presence and while it does come with its fair share of application challenges, they’re nothing a good base coat or ridge filler can’t fix, according to Jin Soon Choi. Once you’ve nailed down the perfect, streak-free application technique, the only task that remains is sifting through the myriad alabaster lacquers currently on the market. Here are five of our favorites to get you started.


Snow Day
Essie Nail Lacquer in Blanc, $8,
Billed as the perfect counterpart to a French manicure, this full-coverage, soft white is just as effective on its own, and can be topped with a matte or high-shine top coat.


Sheer Genius
Priti NYC Nail Lacquer in Bristol Fairy
To add to the “dream-like, ethereal” mood backstage at Thakoon’s Fall show, Priti NYC’s Kim D’Amato applied this sheer, shimmering white to models fingertips. It’s not as noticeable as an opaque white lacquer, but it makes a statement all its own.


Bling Ring
NYX Precious Pearls in White Pearls
A new take on Ciate’s uber popular “caviar manicure,” NYX’s Precious Pearl collection features a pure white varnish with a corresponding bottle of tiny opalescent baubles that blur the line between nail polish and jewelry.


Mallow Out
Zoya Nail Polish in Purity
A super versatile milky white, Zoya’s marshmallow-hued lacquer makes for a great contrasting tip, a gleaming full-coverage color—and can also be used to lighten up your favorite darker polishes for Spring. Never be afraid to do some at-home custom-color mixing.


Bright Future
Butter London Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds, available July 2013
One coat of this creamy, bright white will give you a very clean look while two coats serve up a finish of the 100-watt variety.

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The 411: Gaia Venuti of Milan’s Bahama Mama


A good nail salon is hard to find—especially in Milan, where an emerging mani-pedi culture has made them few and far between—but Bahama Mama certainly fits the bill. The beautifully outfitted enclave is more than just a destination for a polish refresh. “I wanted to open a place where you can take care of yourself and, at the same time, buy some new vintage pieces, get something to eat, and drink freshly extracted juices while reading a fashion magazine,” explains owner Gaia Venuti. The non-traditional nail salon/spa/vintage store/juice bar format somehow works, and that has everything to do with Venuti’s impeccable taste (she moonlights as a vintage dealer, so the clothing selection is, in a word, outstanding) and the attention to detail she extends to every facet of the space. Think of Bahama Mama (it’s named after Venuti’s favorite Essie lacquer) as a one-stop shop for an pro manicure (the polish variety is vast and includes Chanel Lacquers and more standard colors from OPI), a wax or beauty treatment (using natural products by Dr. Vranjes), a fresh carrot-apple juice and appetizer plate, and a new-to-you vintage Miu Miu blouse. While she’s fortunate to have most of her beauty and style necessities right at her fingertips, Venuti still has plenty of other favorites to share, just in time for MFW.

The Lips and Tips: MAC and Essie
“All red, all the time. I love MAC Satin Lipstick in Ruby Woo and Essie’s polish in Bordeaux or Really Red—it’s shiny and really sexy.”
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The Hair Heroes: Mason Pearson and Elnett
“I think every woman should have a Mason Pearson hairbrush. It’s an absolute essential. And for product, I think Elnett Satin Hairspray is simply the best.”
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The Best in Balayage: Gianluigi Gargaro at Aldo Coppola
“For my hair, I’ve been going to Aldo Coppola on Corso Vercelli for a while. My personal stylist is Gianluigi Gargaro, and I think he’s the best in town! His color is simple but chic.”
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The Signature Scent: Chanel
“Chanel No. 5. Just one drop and I’m done.”
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The Skin Saver: Sisley
“Every morning I use Gel Nettoyant Gommant Pour Le Visage by Sisley, which makes my skin bright and soft. Then, at night, I cleanse with Giorgio Armani’s Velvety Cleansing Milk—it’s smooth and has a lovely scent.”
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The Workout Routine: Dance, Dance, Dance
“I opened a dance school and studio two months ago called Black Mama, for adults and children, and it’s where I go myself to exercise. We offer all kinds of classes, and I take a lot of them. In my second life, I want to be Beyoncé!”
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The Vintage Advantage: Flea Markets
“I’ve been selling and collecting vintage stuff for more than ten years—I look for a lot of eighties and nineties pieces, but really anything that captures my attention. I find everything at flea markets, but I can’t ever say where; that’s the first law of vintage shopping.”

Photo: Courtesy of Bahama Mama

Pink Lips that “Close the Deal,” Backstage at DVF


Being a designer backstage on the day of your own show comes with a few perks—including on-site touch-ups with some of fashion’s best hair and makeup people. “Can you do what you did before,” Diane von Furstenberg beseeched James Kaliardos as he was applying the show’s look to a model in his chair. Von Furstenberg was looking to re-up on her ruddy smoky eye—and to dole out a few words of wisdom in the process. “The idea with the color,” she said, motioning to the MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Process Magenta that Kaliardos was blending with its Lip Conditioner for a semimatte finish, “is whatever you’re doing, close the deal.”

“It’s a look that makes you win in life,” Kaliardos continued of the seventies glam-rock makeup, which featured diffused red lids, courtesy of MAC Cream Eyeshadow in Rusted Red from its forthcoming Fall trend palette that he blended with its Cream Eyeshadow in Oyster, a shimmering champagne, to add a highlight to the inner corners of eyes. Sculpting skin with warm shades of MAC Face and Body Foundation, Kaliardos filled in brows with its Eye Shadow in Omega before swiping on a few coats of its Haute & Naughty Mascara to enhance the drama. Toes were painted with a combination of Essie’s fuchsia Plumberry and Miami Nice to match models’ mouths.

Orlando Pita added to the “life is a party” inspiration—von Furstenberg’s party, specifically—with seventies-style sets that he side parted and treated to a few spritzes of his T3 Elevate Heat-Seeking Iron Volumizer hair spray and a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron to implement a slightly disheveled wave. “Diane is about inspiring women,” he said, prompting him to skip hair extensions to avoid total uniformity, catering instead to models’ individual lengths.

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The Fab Five: Nail Polish To Spring Forward


Spring is a time for renewal, revitalization—and a revamp of your nail color arsenal. According to popular opinion, this time of year is reserved for candy-colored confections, which strikes us as a little cliché but is admittedly par for the course; there’s something about 65-degree days that calls for light and airy lacquers—whenever those days may come. Here, a selection of some of our favorite early arrivals.

Violet Femme
Rococo Nail Apparel in Sandrine
Described by Rococo founders Ange and Vernice Walker as a “Parisian blue,” there is certainly something about this periwinkle crème varnish that seems fitting for a sunny stroll along the Seine (or the Hudson).

Orange Crush
NCLA Don’t Call Me Peachy, available February 2013 at
Part of the SoCal brand’s perfectly pastel Life’s a Beach collection, this melon-tinged neutral is a bright twist on nude that works well with a surprising number of different skin tones.

Lacquer and Lace
Essie Embrace the Lace
Essie has finally joined the nail-wrap revolution with the debut of its Sleek Stick collection of printed overlays. Even though the gilded ivory latticework scrawled onto a pale pink background on these tips is easily removed with cuticle oil, it’s pretty difficult to part ways with it once it’s on.

Think Pink
Deborah Lippmann Girls set in Marnie
If you thought one season of HBO’s hit show Girls was not enough to inspire a beauty collection, you’d be wrong—at least in Deborah Lippmann’s estimation. The manicure maven just debuted a four-piece line inspired by each of the show’s four protagonists, including this prim and proper light rose in homage to Allison Williams’ gallerina character.

Mellow Yellow
Priti NYC nail lacquer in Envy
A long day on the slopes deserves a long overdue manicure—or so the thinking goes over at Priti NYC, which just launched its four-piece Apres Ski collection. What better way to clutch that cup of hot coca then with well-polished, frosty yellow tips?

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Working Off The “Sandy Five;” NARS X Andy Warhol: The App; And More…


In addition to its path of destruction that has crippled the livelihood of many people in New York and New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy also reportedly sent a number of electricity-less folks into stress-eating survival mode, which resulted in a collective weight gain that the New York Times has coined “the Sandy five.” [NYT]

Are you loving the color palette of the NARS’ new Andy Warhol collection? So much that you want to update all of your profile pics with it? Now you can. The makeup brand has just debuted an app that allows you to doctor up your digital photos with products from the range. [StyleBistro]

Jennifer Lawrence’s star may be on the rise, but don’t expect her to follow the familiar path of Hollywood fame to a shockingly thin frame. “In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress!” The Hunger Games star jokes. Still, she has no intention of crash-dieting. “That’s something that I was really conscious of during training. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed.” [Daily Mail]

The latest fashion-nail collab has arrived in the form a meeting of the minds between Essie and BaubleBar, which has yielded six sets of bangles that will each be sold with a corresponding shade of lacquer. [Racked]

Photo: Courtesy of NARS Cosmetics