NYFW Nails: 2019 New York Fashion Inspired Nail Art
Although the outfits are the hot topic during any fashion show, nail art was a huge factor in New York Fashion Week. Artists created a range of looks that complimented the remarkable designs on the runway. With the focus on spring/summer 2020, some artists kept this simple to keep the focus on the clothes whilst others went all out, with looks that added even more value to the outfits. The attention to detail, creativity and strategic thinking that goes into the nail art for fashion week needs to be celebrated.
Top NYFW Nails from the runway
Paintbox Nails at the Ulla Johnson SS’20 show
Source: Paintbox Nails
I love how different this look is. The vibrant colour and unique use of space really takes simple design and turns it into an eye-catching piece of art.
Miss Pop Nails for Jeremy Scott
Source: Miss Pop Nails
This look was inspired by Jem and the Holograms and Saved by the Bell, and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. The use of bold colours, striking patterns and shapes really make this stand out. I also love that there was a different design on each nail, it is clear that a lot of thought went into this look.
The Nail Suite by Lisa Logan and team for Pyler Moss
I am obsessed with this look. The strong use of colour and simplicity of painting straight lines really comes together to create something different. There were also a range of variations and colour schemes to this for each model which I found really intriguing. I also love that the pinky nails had a plain colour and each design really blended well with the model’s makeup.
NYFW Nail Art Tutorial
Of course this post wouldn’t be complete without honouring some of the amazing runway looks through nail art. Here are two looks I create based on some of my favourite outfits.
Marc Jacobs Fashion Show
The Marc Jacobs Show was a “celebration of life, joy, equality, individuality, optimism, happiness, indulgence, dreams, and a future unwritten…”. Jacobs wanted to fill the room with colour, movement and joy which was evident in the variety of looks that were showcased. One that stood out most to me was a look that incorporated violet and yellow shades, made up of chiffon flowers. I loved how well the colours worked together (especially since these are not colours I would typically associate with each other). Many believe this was a reference to the 1970s flower child (which Jacob’s first highlighted in his 2001 collection) symbolising unity and peace at a time where the country felt divided.
To create this look, I had to be a bit adventurous as I ran out of lilac polish so ended up using a dark purple shade and mixing this with white polish to get different variants of purple. I had a lot of fun creating this and it made me realise how challenging it can be to create a design based on few colours. However, this also made it a creative experiment and so satisfying when I finally got the right shades!
Pyer Moss Show
Source: Fashion L’amour
What I loved about this show is that really captured what makes fashion so compelling; its ability to tell a story through visuals. This showcase entitled ‘Sister’ was the final chapter of the Pyer Moss trilogy and celebrated Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a queer black woman and popular singer in the 1930s and 40s who unknown to many, was widely referred to as the godmother of rock and roll (The aim of the show was to celebrated voices who has been eradicated from popular culture). Pyer Moss founder Jean-Raymond explained that he “wanted to explore what that aesthetic might have looked like if her story would have been told.”
The colours, the patterns and the detailed imagery in each outfit really came through, from guitar symbols to the afro hairstyle shapes. The striking garments celebrated the essence of black culture and gave me a feeling of joy through colour alone.
This look was really fun to work with for the nail design. I got to be really creative with the use of colours and shapes. I didn’t really have a set vision on how I wanted this to look as I essentially picked up any colour that stood out to me and took it from there. Similar to the garments, I used a vibrant yellow for the base colour. Yellow can be a tricky shade to work with particularly when pairing this with other colours but in this case, it ended up working really well and uplifting the final look.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed these NYFW Nails. Stay tuned for more 🙂
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P.s. if you enjoyed this post, take a look at my Met Gala Inspired Nail Art!