Nail Polish Trends at NYFW Spring 2014


While the streets are still abuzz from New York Fashion Week, we thought now would be a great time to do a little recap on all that went down (the runway, that is) during this magical week full of trendsetting styles. Of course, being in the nail industry, we were admittedly more focused on the beauty aspects of the Spring 2014 shows, and were totally enamored by the different nail trends painted (and pressed) onto the models' fingernails and toes. Let's take a look...

This year's spring nail trends include mostly the likes of French, reverse French, striped nail art, and even blank manicures.

The French designs were definitely avant-garde. Holmes & Yang's manicurists used OPI to create a midnight blue colored slanted French tip, and Desigual went for a bold red circle-tip over white polish with MAC cosmetics. Kate Spade's models wore almond shaped nails with pink-lined, grey tips over white polish from Deborah Lipmann. Oh lala French, oui oui!

French Manicure Nail Art

Although it seems the reverse French manicure has been around the block a few times, it certainly hasn't lost its edge. Jenni Kayne's models wore beige and white half moon manicures by OPI, while models for Lela Rose had their nails dressed in Butter London half moons with a cool blue and nude polish combo. Peter Som also took a stab at the half moon mani, kicking it up a notch by adorning his models' nails in ostentatious green and blue polish by Zoya.

Reverse French Nail Art

Stripes were hot, hot, hot during the Spring 2014 shows—showing up on the likes of Mara Hoffman, Tracy Reese, and Emerson's runway models' hands. Mara Hoffman's orange striped manicures resembled starbursts or the sun, fanning out toward the tip of the nail. Tracy Reese took stripes in a different direction literally with mini tic-tac-toe boards on each nail in black paint over various shades of blue polish. Emerson's show stopping black and white vertical striped nails even had a safety pin piercing through the middle fingernail.

Striped Nail Art

However, we think it might very well have been the clean and simple, one-color, blank nail that stole the show manicure-wise this season. Whether it was a pale neutral, a fresh white, or a pearly sheer, these "blank canvas" nails made their way into many, many fashion week shows this spring. Oscar de la Renta's models wore a subtle beige colored nail. Alexander Wang's manicurists used Essie's Sand Tropez for milky white fingernails on his gorgeous models. And, Dennis Basso dressed his models' nails in Incoco Like a Dream, a sheer pink that is soon to be released on our website!

Nail Polish

A few designers also shied away from the matchy, matchy mani/pedi. Vivienne Tam and Dennis Basso used Incoco on their models' toes, both choosing to go a few shades darker for the pedicures than the manicures. Vivienne Tam ended up leaving the models' nails bare and using our orange shade, Mango Tango for the feet. Dennis Basso decided to use Angel Blush, a solid pink, on his models' toes, which was a bit darker than their sheer manicures. Mismatched mani/pedis are a fun idea, and having both shades within the same color family allows them to complement each other without looking totally... well, mismatched.

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