Nail looks are now as much a part of the entire runway as hair and makeup, and consumers want to emulate those looks the minute the models have exited the runway!
For Irina Shabayeva’s “Fire & Ice” Fall 2011 runway show, nails helped bring the look together with the clothes. I got a chance to go backstage and speak to the delightful (and talented) Wanda Ruiz from Creative Nail Design backstage.
The team at Creative Nail design used press on nails. Increasingly, I’m seeing these being applied backstage instead of actual nail polish. They are cleaner, faster and easier to apply, (and faster to remove). For this show, there were two sets: jet black, and stark white. Using a technique that I recognized from The Blonds runway shows the past two years, the nails were embellished with crushed bits of material (in this case, crushed crystal elements and nail tips). The nails sparkled a bit as the models moved their hands on the runway, giving the nails a modern, almost “Sci Fi” feel.
The textured nails look daring, but exciting on the hands (see below). If you want to try to make your own, Irina Shabayeva nail looks at home, you will need press-on nails, crystal elements crushed up fine, and CND’s “Black Jack” for the dark nails, and “Studio White” for the white nails.
|the white nail tips on a model as she walks the runway|
|this is how the (black) nails looked on a model’s hands|
Each one of the nails was designed and created by hand. Wanda said to me that she thinks CND has created about a million nails! This season Creative Nail Design is doing 30 shows for Fashion Week. Wanda said she is doing about 15 shows, and this is her 6th season backstage at Fashion Week in New York.
Aubergine, midnight sapphire “Town & Country” with a “very French inspired…and a little bit of English countryside as well” she said. Regal, dark, jewel-toned
For more information on all sorts of nifty nail colors and “Effects” (overlays that change the character of the polish colors) visit Creative Nail Design’s Web Site