Beauty

Top Designers Set Spring's Nail-Polish Trends

Watch for these beauty launches from Tom Ford, Jason Wu and Victoria Beckham

Photo courtesy of Butter London

American designer Tom Ford made a splash in the beauty world this June, when he launched a collection of 12 luxe lipsticks, gorgeously designed in ivory and gold cases. Now, fresh from his return to women’s wear, the former Gucci and YSL creative director is again making a foray into cosmetics—this time with a nail colour. The blackened red shade, Black Orchid, evokes its namesake flower, much like the existing lipstick and fragrance of the same moniker. All three items will be sold together as a limited-edition holiday set, $155, at Holt Renfrew. We’re still waiting to hear about Ford’s future beauty projects—cross your fingers.

Ford isn’t the only designer who will be gracing manis and pedis. Fellow American designer Jason Wu is making a more purposeful entry with a set of five limited-edition shades in collaboration with CND. From Brigitte (a warm pink) to Anna (a “tweed finish” polish), Wu took inspiration from iconic women for the collection, $47, which will launch in select salons and at CND.com in the spring. The highlight is Miss Wu, a limestone grey that the designer has dubbed his signature colour.

Polish collectors will also covet the yet-to-be-named girly pink shade from Victoria Beckham and Butter London. The polish brand’s creative director mixed the custom colour for Beckham’s spring runway just one day before the show. The Pepto-like shade was an instant hit with Posh, leading to a decision to release the creation to the public. Look for it in stores in the spring.

Also inspired by New York Fashion Week are nail-polish collections from Tracy Reese and Prabal Gurung, who both teamed up with Sally Hansen. Both sets feature a mix of neutrals and spring-friendly shades, such as Reese’s sky blue (an ode to the exoticism of her spring collection) and Gurung’s strawberry red (a bright pop of colour to contrast his minimalist designs). The budget-friendly buys are set to launch in the U.S. next spring, so we may have to make a trip south to get our hands on a bottle.

With so many designer collaborations, there will be no shortage of fashion-forward fingers in the seasons to come. Now we’re left wondering, who’s next? Any ideas? Tell us who you’d like to see launch a nail-polish collection in the comments below.