Spring Nails

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Except from the clothes and the accessories the perfect look complete the nails. We expose the trends-masts for the spring-summer 2013...

Contrast was the name of the game when it came to nails at the New York shows. Looks ranged from light and innocent to dark and dangerously chic this season. We saw pretty swan white polishes, barely-there French manicures and buff looks juxtaposed with black vamp shades, medieval “cage” inspired designs and the most breathtaking of all—the “dripping blood” effect seen at Prabal Gurung. Balancing out these more extreme styles, we noticed plenty of glamorous metallic varnishes and colorful two-tone manicures that added the perfect pop of sparkle and impact.             

Pale Nails
Natural, cream colored nails for spring isn’t such a shock—it’s a minimalist trend that’s been gaining momentum since last year but what surprised us was seeing the demure look at shows that normally don’t go in that direction: there were soft milky shades at Marc Jacobs, pure whites at Rag & Bone, and plenty of un-done French mani’s at Chanel. This season, toning down your nails is the new way to play it cool.

Dark Colors

A dark romantic mood was also noted backstage. From the grayish navy shades at Jason Wu (OPI’s Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees—stockpile it now!) to the purple vinyl at Marchesa (essie Tuxedo), the dark angel look went over big.


Gold, silver, cooper—there were no shortage of luxurious finishes at the spring shows. Standouts included the glam galaxy nails at Nicole Miller, created with a diamond decal, and the sleek platinum racing streak at Monika Chiang. For those who want to experiment with the trend without going too far, try painting just your tips with a bit of sparkle or decorating one or two nails with specks of gold.

And last but not least... Two tone manicure

Bold without being too over the top, the dual polish effect got plenty of play at the shows. A new twist on the French manicure, the look is easy to do on your own. Just pick contrasting shades that flatter your skintone and use a small brush to paint on a graphic style—try a half moon, a vertical split, a V-shape or a diagonal strip.

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