Fashion Week Cheat Sheet: Nail Trends for Fall 2013

With New York Fashion Week drawing to a close, and everyone jumping on planes to London to keep the party going, we’re reflecting on some of the key trends we saw on nails. There was a lot less of the intricate nail art that we have seen in previous seasons, with sheer pinks and nudes dominating. That said, there was also lots of fun color and pattern that we can replicate at home – think yellow and white at Christian Siriano and Prabal Gurung, inky darks at Jill Stuart and Alexandre Herchcovitch, and almond shaped nails at Honor and Kate Spade. Below, a carefully curated selection of ‘must know, must copy’ trends from NYFW.

Joanna Mastroianni NYFW September 2013 nail polish manicure
OPI painted on their superbright Need Sunglasses? at Joanna Mastroianni (pictured), and nail artist Honey had models at Suno lacquered up in Maybelline Orange Fix. Citrus was also on nails A Détacher, as well as on lips at Prabal Gurung and Rag & Bone.
Image: OPI


Herve Leger NYFW September 2013 nail polish manicure
Varying shades of soft sheer nude with a ballet pink tinge were on fingers everywhere, and we mean everywhere. OPI slicked on Barre My soul at Hervé Léger (pictured) and Candela, while Butter London’s Pink Ribbon was on fingers at Louise Goldin and Monique Lhuillier. OPI also painted I Theodora You onto fingers and toes at Houghton.
Image: OPI


Alexander Wang NYFW September 2013 nail polish manicure
Essie led the charge for matte nails at Alexander Wang, layering Matte About You over two coats of Sand Tropez for a delicious matte nude finish (pictured). Essie also used Matte About you at Costello Tagliapietra, combining it with Midnight Cami and Mademoiselle for an inky meets matte finish. Matte was also seen at Lela Rose (a nude/light blue moon mani combo), and Band of Outsiders (chalky matte white). Even the nail art at Emerson had a matte finish.
Image: Essie Instagram


Jenni Kayne NYFW September 2013 nail polish manicure
Moons are still having a moment, and we saw them at Jenni Kayne in the gorgeous camel and white combo of Don’t Pretzel My Buttons and Alpine Snow from OPI (pictured). Models at Peter Som sported surf-inspired blue tones, while models at Desigual also had white moons over a bright pink nail, but the moon was on the tip rather than at the cuticle. That look was created by Keri Blair for MAC Cosmetics and used Steamy, Fiestaware, and Impassioned.
Image: OPI


Tibi NYFW September 2013 nail polish manicure
Probably the easiest nail art to DIY, there were simple black stripes on the runways of Tibi (pictured, over blue-grey polish from Maybelline – stripes courtesy of nail artist Jin Soon Choi), and Zimmermann (over sandy hued nails), while nails at Cushnie et Ochs and Kye were both white almond shapes with bands. Invest in some nail tape or a striper tool to recreate at home.
image: Tibi PR instagram


Holmes & Yang Katie Holmes NYFW September 2013 nail polish manicure
Our favorite look of Fashion Week came courtesy of the Holmes & Yang show. Nude with a delicious pop of color across the tips.The look was created using OPI’s So Many Clowns…So Little Time for nails, with the slanted French tip in deep blue using OPI’s I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw for a pop of colour. Just gorgeous!
image: Michael Simon for OPI.

Elise Wright

Elise is a social media strategist from Sydney, now living in NYC, who has a long standing love affair with the beauty industry- especially the nail industry!

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