Story Time: The Nails of Beauty Insiders at NYFW Friday 09 November, 2012
Believe it or not, I still have a good deal of blog posts hiding up my sleeve originating from my time spent mining beauty tips and trends backstage at Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week—and this is one of them. When you’re backstage, sure, it’s fabulous to snap photos of the gorgeous models sporting the […]
Believe it or not, I still have a good deal of blog posts hiding up my sleeve originating from my time spent mining beauty tips and trends backstage at Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week—and this is one of them. When you’re backstage, sure, it’s fabulous to snap photos of the gorgeous models sporting the freshest takes on makeup, hair and nails, but it’s also pretty fun to capture the beauty of those who won’t be sashaying down the catwalk. Yes, street style photography is having a major moment, but how about nail style photography?
Trust me when I say: People were certainly gearing up to have their picture taken, planning out their nails as though they were planning out their wardrobe. (And, let me tell you: Many, many people who attend Fashion Week plot their outfits weeks in advance.) Since nail art is the thing right now (and it had better remain this way; I’m currently working on putting together the first-ever lifestyle nail magazine, Nail It!, set to hit newsstands February 2013…you can sign up online to reserve your issue now at nailitmag.com!), I kept my eyes peeled for some truly awesome digit art work. Here’s what I found.
I met jewelry designer Bliss Lau while I was getting my own nails did at Sakura on the Upper East Side. I couldn’t help but butt-in to her appointment as I saw she had a notebook filled with sketches of nail art. She’s devoted to her manicurist; though she’s strayed a few times, she claims no other executes what she wants like her Sakura tech. We chatted the whole time about nails and beauty, and she let me snap her beautiful nails with her sketches as a backdrop.
Chances are if you read my blog, you’ve seen manicurist Candice Manacchio‘s handiwork. She works with nail art-pioneering brand CND, and is often backstage at Fashion Week leading her team to greatness with nail tips that are both artful and fashion-forward. I snapped her own gold-leafed digits backstage at Joy Cioci. They were so gorgeous in person; I don’t think my photo captures how brilliant they looked!
I remember elbowing my way for a cup of coffee in one of the backstage areas, and another girl was elbowing her way too. We both came up empty-handed; the coffee was tapped. But I noticed her nails, we got to talking, and it turns out she’s popular nail blogger Miss Ladyfinger, Taryn Multack. Nice nails, right?
These classy tips belong to Rachel Cooper, one of the ladies behind cool beauty public relations firm Red PR. In my humble opinion, this is the type of nail art a lass with conservative beauty leanings could definitely wear. That subtle swish on her ring finger was noticeable, yet sophisticated. Love!
I probably snapped 20 photos of these hot-as-hell nails, worn by MAC Cosmetics makeup artist Keri Blair. I can’t remember where she gets her nails done, but I believe it’s somewhere in Brooklyn. I’ll have to ask…
I never got this girl’s name, but she works for talent agency Kate Ryan and was backstage to photograph manicurist Gina Edwards, who was doing the nails at the Jenny Packham show. I thought the color combo was adorable, and though she kept saying how chipped her mani was, I didn’t care. It was too cute.
My nails! Yes, as I mentioned before, I went to Sakura nail salon in my hood, and I brought with me two enamel bangles that I wanted my nail designs to riff. I received tons of compliments from beauty editors and PR mavens backstage, but when the Birchbox girls took a photo of my nails and posted the pic to Instagram, the Birchbox followers pretty much hated them. You can’t win ‘em all, right?
So which nail design is your favorite of the bunch?