Nail Trends | Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012


Clockwise: Diego Binetti, Norman Ambrose, Nicole Miller and Jen Kao

Fashion trends aren’t the only things that start on the runway during Fashion Week, nail trends start there too. Multi-colored, nudes, neons and clear lucite nails were all popular at the Spring 2012 shows and we’ve got all you need to know to recreate the looks in real life.

CND created created the multicolored looks at Diego Binetti, Norman Ambrose, Nicole Miller and Jen Kao. The checkered look at Nicole Miller was made with CND’s Raspberry Parfait and a custom made blue topped with Ice Blue Shimmer Effect. At Jen Kao, the “Pretty Poison” ombre manis were designed with Inkwell and Midnight Sapphire. The glamorous “vintage Vogue” look at Norman Ambrose was a sexy twist on the French manicure. The Flashpoint red hue was finished with a 24K Sparkle gold tip. Gold tips were also shown at Diego Binetti, whose models rocked what CND dubbed the “Harlequin Hardware” mani, a combo of Raspberry Parfait and Frosting Cream with a gold metallic tip.

Clockwise: Joanna Mastroianni, Joy Cioci and Alexandre Herchcovitch

Move over acrylic. Clear nails were a sight to see at Joanna Mastroianni, Joy Cioci and Alexandre Herchcovitch. Hand lattice work was used to create the “Lucite Lace” look at Joy Cioci and CND’s Desert Suede, Brilliant White and Ivory Coast were painted atop the see-through nails to create the “Luminous Lucite” manicure at Joanna Mastroianni. A sweep of glitter down the middle of the nail and clear top coat is all it took to make the “Sugar Babe” design at Alexandre Herchovitch.

Clockwise: Wes Gordon, Milly and Karen Walker

The neon looks at Wes Gordon, Milly and Karen Walker were some of the easiest to replicate and all made with CND lacquers. The head turning orange at Wes Gordon was nothing more than Poppyfield Colour with a swipe of clear top coat. The equally bright tangerine hue at Milly is a blend of Brilliant White, Bicycle Yellow and Electric Orange. The most surprising bit is “Murky Mustard” look at Karen Walker. This shade was actually created by dulling Bicycle Yellow with seven drops of CND’s black polish, aptly titled Blackjack.

Clockwise: Cushnie et Ochs, Erin Fetherston, Costello Tagliapietra and Joseph Altuzarra

Barely there nudes were the chosen hues at Cushnie et Ochs, Erin Fetherston, Costello Tagliapietra and Joseph Altuzarra. At Cushnie, the artist mixed Dashing Diva’s Mr. Right polish with mineral makeup to create a color that matched each model’s skin tone. Butter London’s Pink Ribbon and Tea with the Queen were used for the flesh toned pigments at Erin Fetherston. The folks at Costello Tagliapietra blended Deborah Lipmann’s Waking Up in Vegas and Fashion for their manicures and CND’s Putty and Super Matte Top Coat created the natural nails at Joseph Altuzarra.

I love daring nail designs and I’m no stranger to neon nails, so I’m happy the trend will be back next Spring. I’m also looking forward to testing out the checkerboard and ombre nail designs next year.

Which runway nail looks are you most excited to try?

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