New York Fashion Week: Drawing Inspiration From CND Wednesday 08 February, 2012
I’ve been writing about the nail industry for close to 12 years (yikes!), and nail company CND always presents the most fashion-forward take on nail artistry. The proof is in the pudding: At Fashion Week, they consistently polish manicures that—as over-the-top as they may be—are never garish or lacking in taste. They set a high […]
I’ve been writing about the nail industry for close to 12 years (yikes!), and nail company CND always presents the most fashion-forward take on nail artistry. The proof is in the pudding: At Fashion Week, they consistently polish manicures that—as over-the-top as they may be—are never garish or lacking in taste. They set a high bar for the nail art world; I salute them.
As I prepare for my first day of Fashion Week, I decided to give myself a manicure that could (possibly?) be worthy of CND’s and CND co-founder Jan Arnold’s approval: a base of deep blue gel (courtesy of Nailene Sensationail, which I’ll be blogging about in the coming weeks) with a swipe of Zoya Fleck Effect Holographic Top Coat in Maisie along the cuticle area sprinkled with some loose, linear glitter over top. It’s my icy mani—a little rough around the edges, but hey, I tried.
As I tripped through doing this mani, I started thinking about what tricked-out nails CND would unveil at Fashion Week, and then I started looking back at last season (which, is really THIS season) at what CND turned out, and decided I’d go through and rank my most favorite-est manicure looks from Spring 2012 by CND. Here they are, in very particular order.
At Joy Cioci’s Spring 2012 show, clear tips feature hand-detailed “latticework”—which CND lead nail tech Candice Manacchio created by overlaying a piece of lace on the nail bed of a clear acrylic tip, then airbrushed with white polish overtop for a stenciled effect that she changes from nail to nail by twisting and turning the lace into different patterns. The very tip is left completely translucent—a stunning detail.
What beauty blog didn’t go absolutely gaga over this ombré mani seen at the Spring 2012 Jen Kao show? CND lead nail tech Wanda Ruiz faded CND Colour Inkwell, a blackest black, with other knock-em-dead tones, like this Anchor Blue, for a “poisonously bright, ombré finish.”
A trend worth keeping around FOR-EV-ER: high-contrast metallic-and-black manis, complete with a mottling of gold leaf. Once again, Candice turns on the manicure charm with this look—and this is just one of the six luxe manicure styles she created for the Spring 2012 Norman Ambrose show.
Cute, cute, cute…check, check, check. This checkered manicure at Nicole Miller’s Spring 2012 runway show is beyond adorable, and is really quite cool due to an interesting color combo of bright pink CND Colour Raspberry Parfait and navy blue (a custom-blend of Anchor Blue, Dark Ruby and Electric Purple, plus some blue pigment). CND lead nail tech Wanda topped the checkered design with a coat of Ice Blue Shimmer Effect to give it a little more rev.
Get this: The nails for The Blonds Spring 2012 show took over 100 hours to hand detail. Yowsa! That’s dedication. CND lead tech Kristina Estabrooks, the mastermind behind the design, is one of the most gifted nail technicians I know; her detail work is amazing. I dig the nude base of these 1960s-Playboy-inspired nails, the dotting of black rhinestones, and, naturally, the fishnet-detail tips.
CND nail lead Candice doubles-down on this throwback moon manicure at Kate Ermilio’s Spring 2012 show by creating a “double moon”—which means the moon is twice the normal size. Subtle details like this make what might be considered “normal” a bit more special.
Another subtle detail that deserves a second (and third!) look: a darkened cuticle area. CND lead nail tech Wanda whipped this neutral nail into shape by giving it depth: She first polished the nail with CND Copper Shimmer Effect, then a layer of CND Colour in Putty, and then rimmed the cuticle with CND Colour in Desert Suede.
Which leads me to my nails, which I’ll be rocking despite the fact that the linear glitter I dumped on the cuticle area is a little furry…sigh. But let it be known: In the sunlight, these babies shine like no other. Now if only the sun would come out—and stay out—for all of fashion week…
Which Spring 2012 nail look by CND is your favorite?