Twice a year, New York's top designers come together and show the fashion lines they've worked hard on for the year ahead. The Spring 2014 collections walked the runways in September at New York City's Lincoln Center, and as always, there were some incredible beauty teams working on unique looks to complement the clothes. Many nail trends are set during Fashion Week
as top manicurists stretch their imaginations to come up with something fabulous to suit each designer's aesthetic. Here's a snapshot of some of the best nail looks from Spring 2014 Fashion Week. You'll probably see many of them on the hands of the famous and fashionable both now and in Spring of next year when the clothes (and the corresponding nail trends) come out.
1. Nanette Lepore: White
Courtesy of Nanette Lepore
Sometimes simple is better, especially when you're trying to complement (not compete with) the clothes. At the Nanette Lepore
Spring 2014 Fashion Week show, models wore short, opaque white nails by Essie. The color used was Blanc, Essie's classic white, often used under other colors as a base to make them pop. In this case, it was the main attraction, creating the effect of a soft but modern neutral nail.
2. Milly and Lela Rose: Half Moon
Courtesy of Lela Rose
At the Milly fashion show, butter LONDON nail artists gave models' nails a clean foundation with a coat of butter LONDON Nail Foundation, a slightly tinted base coat. Then, the natural half moon on every nail was amplified by filling in the shape with butter LONDON Cotton Buds lacquer, a white shade. While this look takes a skilled hand, the effect is very cool and could be fun to try on vacation -- after all, with no strong color on the nail tips, you don't have to worry about it chipping.
At Lela Rose (shown) butter LONDON artists covered nails in a coat of sheer nude Nail Foundation, and then filled in half moons with Lady Muck, a grayish neutral, for a cool but clean take on the half moon.
3. Wes Gordon: Colorful French
Courtesy of Wes Gordon
One of the most notably cool nail trends to come from Spring 2014 Fashion Week
in New York was this one. Essie manicurists created a colorful French manicure using Lilacism (an opaque lilac shade) as the nail base, and Sand Tropez (a sandy taupe) on the tip. These contrasting colors looked so cool together, I wonder why no one ever thought of doing this before.
4. Honor: Long and Nude
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At the Honor Fashion Week
presentation, nails were long and filed to pointy ovals, following the ever-popular trend of "stiletto nails," those long and pointy "femme fatale" shapes. Deborah Lippmann manicurists painted nails with La Vie En Rose (a peachy nude out Spring 2014) and finished with top coat. After drying, they applied 6 small rhinestones to nails in a pyramid shape at the base.
5. Helmut Lang: Sheer Pink
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If you're not a fan of a lot of color on nails, there's still a look from Fashion Week that you can relate to. Helmut Lang
's clothes ran the gamut from menswear tailoring to bright pops of pink. In order to compliment the full range of clothing looks, the nail team went for a versatile, classic, and ladylike shade on nails. Essie manicurists filed nails short and square and applied Essie's Sugar Daddy shade, a sheer, glossy pink.
6. Nicole Miller: Gunmetal Glitter
Courtesy of Nicole Miller
For Nicole Miller
's show, a limited-edition shade of glittery butter LONDON polish, The 444, was applied to the entire nail. Next, nail artists created an ombre effect by applying butter LONDON The Black Knight, a black glitter shade, along the tips. To blend the two shades together, artists dabbed The Black Knight lightly in the center where the two shades met, careful not to saturate the color too much, and then re-applied in a heavier stroke across tips to complete the fade to black.