8 posts tagged "nail art"
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.
While a natural, beige nail seems to have won out this season at New York fashion week (appearing at Derek Lam, Vera Wang, and Michael Kors among many others), the manicurist at Proenza Schouler has no intentions of going bare:
“Nail art has been alive for years—Brooklyn, Queens, Harlem, Detroit—for me it never dies. It may go down to a solid [color] or something more mild [for Spring 2014], but I’m always going to have a party.”
And to that, we say: Lacquer up and dance like nobody’s watching.
Not to toot our own horn or anything, but we’re pretty sure that Rihanna’s latest paint job was inspired by our story on the revival of the French manicure. She’s known for her pointy, talon-like tips and crazy colored polish, but it looks like RiRi’s going back to the basics—and leaving the bedazzled, bad girl image behind (at least when it comes to her nails).