As the high heat calls for a wardrobe rethink, so too does the trend barometer across the beauty department for high summer. The focus is now on nails, and which color compositions to apply for a look that’s decidedly ahead of the game. Vogue Arabia explores three nail trends that have traction on the runway and will inspire a nail art rethink.
“It’s all about crystal for this season. It started with real crystals in London at Ryan Lo, but here in Paris, I’m thinking of transparent crystals, as if the nails are viewed through water in Iceland,” said Marian Newman backstage at Mugler Spring 2017. And so the tone was set for paired-back, understated natural nails.
Crystal-loaded transparent nail extensions ruled the Instagram waves at Ryan Lo Spring 2017, making a play for more-is-more nail art to take over the requests at salons worldwide. Japanese nail artist Mei Kawajiri punctuated the spring Balenciaga collection with long, pointed, almond-shaped nail extensions. Juicy red and pink nail colors were completed with diamanté. Cool, and so late 1980s. Crystals and loaded diamanté on nails were also seen at The Blonds and Kenzo.
Top of the Pops
Jeremy Scott, Thom Browne, Philipp Plein, Opening Ceremony, and Novis were in a pop art state of mind for spring. Geometric accents were layered in contrasting colors at Opening Ceremony, and simple boxes of blue hues took nail art into a playful dimension at Novis. “I took inspiration from pop colors and motifs from the collection to create this graphic nail,” says nail artist Naomi Yasuda. At Opening Ceremony Spring 2017, she took a slick of carbon black at the tip of the nail, followed by a bold stripe of primary color, and then left the base of the nail plate natural to expose the half moon.
In Jeremy Scott’s runway world, too much is never enough. Quelle surprise that Scott’s equally extrovert nails coordinated with the collections high-octane sequin dresses and kitsch accessories.
“We wanted to bring the geometric, 80s pop vibe to the nails, reflective of the collection,” says nail artist Miss Pop, using OPI at the Spring 2017 collection. “I got the perfect round circle using an eraser pencil.” Think Andy Warhol meets future-proof nail art. Confidence compulsory for this trend.
The New Minimalism
It’s no surprise that the spring season brings with it fresh natural nail trends with a single slick of enamel to elevate perfectly manicured hands. “I recommend applying one coat of a sheer-pink polish to create a clean, minimal look,” says industry nail expert Marian Newman, who has designed nails for runway collections including Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, and many more. MAC’s Studio Nail Lacquer in Delicate is her favorite. But next season, the look is a rounded, nail-free edge, with a slick of barely there pink polish to keep the look crisp. Let the clothes do the talking.
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