When I first started reporting on beauty backstage at New York’s fashion week runway shows, nails were somewhat forgotten. Sure there were nail techs putting polish on the models’ fingers and toes, but usually it was just a standard color that looked nice and blended in.
Over the years, designers have increasingly realized that nails, matter. Nails, and fashion, go hand in hand (pun intended). These days, you’re likely to see a nail color mixed just for a designer’s runway show.
NARS founder and creative director, Francois Nars, has already worked with fashion designers such as Thakoon Panichgul. And now the two have created a limited edition, six-shade nail collection for NARS ($18.00 each). Available now, the literal bouquet of bright colors created by Thakoon were inspired by the colors in Indian spice markets.
These colors are not just bright and beautiful, they are of the highest quality: highly saturated, high-shine, opaque and easy to apply, and long wearing and chip-resistant. The formula is also toluene-, formaldehyde- and DBP-free.
‘Since his first collection in 2004, the Thailand-born, Nebraska-raised designer’s clothes have graced chic, modern women around the globe, including Jessica Alba, Marion Cotillard, Rachel Bilson, and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Even if it’s not in your budget to buy Thakoon clothing, these exceptional nail polishes are designer originals that will cost you just $18.00 each. And trust me, no matter which of these shades you pick, you will get noticed.
Shades include:Anardana – Azalea pink
Ratin Jot – Orchid purple
Amchoor – Bright yellow
Kutki – Powder blue
Koliary – Cyan blue
Lal Mirchi – Mandarin red (only available at NARS 413 Bleecker Street Boutique)
It might be difficult to pick a favorite, even from the photo above. But I recommend to in particular: “Kutki” is a powder blue that is almost the color of an Easter egg. It’s Springtime, personified. I also like it with a glittery overlay for a party or evening.
For the more daring, “Amchoor” is a clear, bright yellow almost the color of a fresh daffodill. Maybe you wouldn’t wear it with Winter tweeds, but for Spring and Summer, especially on toes, it’s fresh, modern, and exciting. It makes you feel happy, just to see bright yellow nails that scream “I love warm weather!” They’re a way to show a “wild side” without going all the way over to crazy clown.
Visit your favorite NARS boutique or makeup counter, or www.narscosmetics.com