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Watching the runways for beauty inspiration is nothing new, but for the past several seasons we’ve been watching more than makeup. What’s happening on models’ nails has become just as important as what’s happening on their lips, lids, hair and skin. From simple, clean nail art to bold colour and intricate designs, you’re sure to find a fall trend you’re eager to try on your tips.
If you find yourself drawn to shiny things, you’ll definitely gravitate towards the metallic nail trend. Several designers, such as Charlotte Olympia and Vivienne Westwood, opted for gold and silver tips, but we’re especially smitten with the chrome-effect nails that manicurist Pattie Yankee created for Pamela Rolland’s runway show.
2) Classic Red
Tired of all the over-the-top nail art of seasons past? You’ll be happy to welcome the return of classic red polish shades, from tomato to cherry to the perfect orangey-red palette. Painting the presentations at Erdem, Sibling and Kate Spade (above), there’s something so refreshing about a solid, bright lacquer, and red nails in particular always exude retro-chic appeal.
3) Clean Lines
Modern, simplistic nail art (read: DIY-friendly!) stole the show at Rachel Antonoff, Delpozo and Veda, just to name a few. At Giamba, Keri Blair created a memorable minimalist statement by applying bold strokes of black and white polish on otherwise nude nails. This fall trend is undeniably cool and just a little bit punk while still being incredibly wearable.
4) Graphic Patterns
If you’re a fan of patterns and eye-catching nail art, this trend is for you. At designer catwalks like Desigual and House of Holland, graphic, graffiti-inspired patterns took centre stage. But the real standout was nail guru Naomi Yasuda’s design for Kenzo, where models sported abstract tiger print nails. Yasuda definitely convinced us to tap into our wild side this season.
5) Dark and Moody
It’s no surprise that the trend towards dark, moody pouts migrated to models’ digits for fall. In keeping with fashion’s vamp revival, black or nearly black polish was the hue du jour at Rodarte, Roland Mouret and Rag & Bone, where Essie’s Julie Kandalec opted for super-glossy obsidian tips with an almost patent-leather effect. Turns out that going vamp doesn’t have to be so dreary after all!