Say au revoir to the white French tip. For Fall 13 Rodarte partnered with Sally Hansen and found a new way to refresh the old with a metallic tip at the end of an ombré neutral nail. Tracy Reese took it one step further with the reverse French, which echoed the silhouette nail seen at Chanel last year. A bright swipe was drawn along where the nail begins, leaving the sides “bare,” aka covered in Wedding Glitters, a soft golden metallic. The Chanel show used a soft bubble-gum pink with a silver line around the edges, but the Tracy Reese models sported electric blue (in New Wave Blue, above), red (Perfectly Poppy) and deep purple (Malbec). I’m going to assume that if I try these techniques, I’m technically a model for the collection, right?
Matte nails (read: no gloss or reflective surfaces) were all over Fall 13 runways. We saw dark charcoals at Prabal Gurung and BCBG Max Azria, purple at Richard Chai and super-rich oxblood at Noon by Noor. It adds a new texture to any nail colour — two of our picks were slate blue and storm’s-coming grey. We tested a City Scape by CND (above) at the FLARE office with a layer of OPI’s Matte Top Coat and the result was an industrial, downtown chic.
“What romantic hands you have!,” is what Little Red would have uttered to the models at Chanel and Valentino. Luxurious reds like Deep Red by Art Deco and Come To Bed Red by Butter London (above, right), brought the standby that never gets tired, the old Hollywood glam vibe. Glossy oxblood, used at Honor and Cynthia Rowley, is the sexier alter-ego to classic red. Try Vega by Guerlain and It Girl by Sephora (above, left). Consider oxblood the Sasha Fierce of regular red.
Sparkles can now span all styles, from ladylike to rock and roll queen. Anna Sui went with a youthful yellow-gold. Nicholas K had a similar yellow-gold on just the tips of charcoal nails, which had its own unique sophistication while elongating the nail. The Joanna Mastroianni show brought graphite silver that’s perfect for the nineties grunge recall that’s nowhere near over.
The designers behind labels Emerson and Whit let their love of print spread to the tips of their models’ hands. Both lines went with nail decals on the runway: Emerson showed lace-like black and white nails and Whit used a series of gold stick-on jewels in a wave pattern over a black nail. Luckily, you do not need expert manicurists in order to execute these looks; there are lines doing the work for us including Sally Hansen, Sephora and Essie. As we were excited to mention back in June, Marchesa and Revlon teamed up to create exquisite 3D Jewel Appliqués that are just as intricate as the couture gowns that walk the runways. As of October 14th, eight options will be available to the masses. Ideal for nail art afficiandos or beginners alike, whether you go with decals, polish strips or appliqués, the best part is that they require no dry time. I repeat: NO DRY TIME.