4 posts tagged "Zoe Pocock"
In the annals of nail art history, Zoe Pocock plays a prominent role. The creative and technical whiz logged time as the head manicurist at a slew of cool London salons, Daniel Galvin and Windle & Moodie among them, before turning her attention to editorial work (Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia, et al.) and celebrity clients like Adele. That’s right; she of the incredible pipes and always-gorgeous talons is a Pocock regular; ditto Fergie, Kelly Osbourne, and, wait for it, Barbra Streisand. While Pocock earned a flurry of breathless accolades back in 2006 when she debuted the Louboutin manicure (a black nail with a bright red stripe underneath the tip, just like the sole of the famous shoes), it is in her role as creative director of Nail Rock that has left a lasting impression on the beauty world. The brand’s innovative nail wraps have become number one in the U.K., and Pocock has collaborated on special-edition versions with Meadham Kirchhoff (see image at left) and Mulberry. Here, as the Olympics continue to bring the world’s attention to London, Pocock shares some of her hometown beautifying favorites.
The Cool Colorist: Amanda Sheridan
“Although I’m very fair naturally, I do like to be gray in hair color. Amanda has always made me feel amazing through my hair.”
Daniel Galvin Junior Salon, 4 West Halkin St., Belgravia; www.danielgalvinjunior.com.
The Yoga Hot Spot: So Hot
“I visit a studio wherever I travel within London. Bikram is key for anyone who travels and works a lot to better the mind and body. It is Lady Gaga’s favorite, too.”
So Hot Bikram Yoga Studio, 1 Vandon Passage, Victoria; www.sohotbikramyoga.co.uk.
The Face Place: Sanctuary
“Their oxygen and collagen facial is my answer to facial heaven. Flying a lot dehydrates my skin terribly. After this facial I feel absolutely brand-new.”
The Sanctuary Spa, 12 Floral St., Covent Garden; www.thesanctuary.co.uk. Continue Reading “The 411: Zoe Pocock” »
Mulberry debuted its latest It bag in February, and the Del Rey—a structured satchel with a top handle inspired by singer and muse Lana Del Rey—has lived up to its hype. The accessory has appeared on the arm of many an A-lister over the past few months and is even threatening to unseat Alexa Chung’s Alexa bag as the British band’s most popular piece of arm candy. Tomorrow, the Del Rey will have its official welcome party at Mulberry’s Spring Street store in New York, where Zoe Pocock will be doling out manicures with her cult-favorite Nail Rock overlays. “We’ve always been fashion-minded,” says the Brit tastemaker, who has partnered with designers like Mulberry’s Emma Hill, Meadham Kirchhoff, and Gretchen Jones—not to mention retailers like Topshop—on exclusive prints. And the strategy has paid off; in our estimation, Nail Rock has some of the most forward-thinking designs in the increasingly high-stakes game of nail overlays—and a particularly good instict for collaboration. Its latest joint effort: the Lake Placid, two different prints inspired by Lana Del Rey’s hometown and her preference for moon manicures, which Pocock designed for Mulberry. “We’ve just done it for the global launch,” she says of the designs that will make the rounds from London to Korea as Mulberry’s international boutiques celebrate the new bag. Although in a piece of good news for the manicure obsessives out there, Style.com has just learned that Pocock is considering making them available on her brand’s Web site as well. Stay tuned.
Since Brit beauty queen Zoe Pocock’s Nail Rock overlays touched down on this side of the Pond with an exclusive launch at Nordstrom in December, they’ve developed a steady stream of American acolytes—so much so that they went mass last month, rolling out to CVS stores nationwide. Pocock’s secret to success, in our estimation, is her fashion ties, which have allowed her to create nail prints and patterns for brands like Mulberry and Meadham Kirchhoff that are simply superior to the barrage of similar offerings already on the market. The runway is actually where we caught our first glimpse of Pocock’s specialty tips, which were instrumental to the beauty collaborations afoot backstage at Meadham Kirchhoff’s whimsical Spring show. To round out hair artist James Pecis’ painted platinum wigs and the limited-edition, glitter-encrusted lipstick bullets of MAC Ruby Woo the show’s opening act of Courtney Love impersonators pulled out of their cleavage, Pocock provided custom-made nail designs, each of which was more quirky than the next—think: vintage teddy bear illustrations on a pastel yellow base and fifties-era toy ponies painted onto a background of light blue lacquer. Now, five months later, the overlays are about to arrive at Topshop. Eight total prints should be hitting shelves next week—just in time to round out any NYFW manicure ideas you may already be throwing around.
Even before we can get a question in, London-based manicurist Zoe Pocock, whose clients include both female and male Osbournes, wants to set the record straight. “I hate nail art,” she says. “It’s just too kitsch for me.” Her answer for those who want a manicure that’s a little more couture, shall we say, than the standard red or wine is to match your nail color and texture to your handbag. “I started by taking a print from the lock on my Mulberry bag and applying it to the nail. I’ve developed so many techniques that I can give you nails in alligator, crocodile, or ostrich textures. It’s amazing what you can do with a matchstick!” Another of Pocock’s innovations is what she terms Louboutin Nails—a manicure that’s black on top and red on the underside of the nail.
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