10 posts tagged "nail art"
Cuticle tattoos recently hit the mass market and the general public has fully embraced the midi ring concept (Chanel clipped glittery stacks around models’ fingers for Fall 2013 Couture). Backstage early this morning before Chanel’s supermarché-themed show, however, catwalker Ming Xi gave her Instagram followers a pound—the front of her fist stamped with Kawaii-style characters, designs, and thought bubbles. While this wasn’t part of the final look—instead, many of the girls sported fingerless gloves or had their hands shoved into jacket pockets—it appears nail art is still moving on up off the runway.
At this point, nail art seems a bit passé. However, when you can perfectly execute the embellishments from Stella McCartney’s Resort collection on fingertips, we have to applaud. And apparently, so does McCartney, as she re-posted this photo from a rather dexterous fan to her Instagram account. Another gem the designer shared via social media just hours ago: this kiss from Cara Delevingne—arriving just in time for Valentine’s Day.
For those who were underwhelmed by the back-to-basics, nude fingertips that dominated the Spring 2014 runways, don’t despair. The Italian edition of the Nailympics is set to take place on February 9 and 10 at the Rome Exhibition Center.
In a country where drama builds to decadent excess, Nailympics spotlights the latest international technology and trends through color, embellishment, and fantasy set onto keratin canvases by nail technicians—ranging from nascent students to seasoned veterans.
Four competitions are devoted to various techniques, such as acrylic sculpting, gel sculpting, and French-tip acrylics. Not for the faint of heart (or those who lack a steady hand), the highlight of the event is the Fashion Design Soak Off Manicure, in which artists create elaborate manicures inspired by haute couture. As athletes go to extremes in Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, beauty buffs will be doing the same.
Although we didn’t see much in the way of nail art on the runway for Spring 2014, the trend is still going strong on the street. One of the top manicurists, who is credited with bringing many Japanese techniques and designs stateside, Britney Tokyo partnered with Scratch (a nail-wrap Web site) for the month of October. With these stickers inspired by the neighborhoods of the buzzing metropolis that shares her surname—Harajuku, Roppongi Glam, and Shibuya Fresh—bringing some Tokyo flavor to your tips is possible (without jetting off to Japan). Whether you’re into Technicolor unicorns or a Georgia May Jagger-esque smile stamped on your ring finger, these press-and-go paint jobs are definitely kawaii.
The manicures in Milan and Paris have been rather subdued for Spring 2014, with metallic and lipstick red polishes occasionally being slicked on tips. The bottle broken out most, however, seems to be Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Ballerina. And the crowds attending the shows have been sporting equally simple paint jobs (beauty editors included, as most of us have naked nails at this point in the season).
New York, however, was a different story. Everyone was fresh out of the gate and the nail game was fierce. To capitalize on the manicure competition, lacquer legend Deborah Lippmann set up a manicam backstage to capture not only the looks she created (her favorite being the “almond-etto” shape with a white base, pewter point, and bright horizontal stripe at Kate Spade), but those of backstage attendees as well. “I love watching each set of hands walk,” Lippmann said, “There are some that skip or dance down the runway, others are very focused and walk with real intention; while a few sexily slink down the catwalk—it all depends on the color they’re wearing.” She plans to capture more manicure footage by keeping the camera rolling in her office and any other places she goes with great nails. The art on your tips, similar to the clothes that you wear, are a form of self-expression, Lippmann explained, “and this is a great way to allow someone to flaunt it.” Check out the best of the best from the Big Apple in the video above.