When it comes to Fashion Week, Essie seems to let the polish tell the story. Nail art is minimal and single-color paint jobs are the brand’s usual go-to style. But this year, the polish manufacturer took it up a notch, drawing all eyes to models’ tips with cool and edgy nail art looks. Check out the top Essie designs we loved on the runway.
The Trend: Edgy Metallics
The nails at the Rebecca Minkoff show were anything but understated. To celebrate Minkoff’s rock-and-roll-inspired collection, nail artist Michelle Saunders used two of Essie’s fall shades to create the sleek look: Girly Grunge, a silver metallic purple; and Dressed to the Nineties, a dark purple with a hint of green-blue shimmer. But the colors took a backseat to Saunders’ fierce design: a sharp triangular shape down the center of the nail that gave off serious “cat-eye” vibes.
The Trend: All Wrapped Up
With nail artist Julie Kandalec leading the pack at the Spring/Summer 18 Tanya Taylor runway show, tips transformed into tiny canvases to showcase a whirlwind of color to match the designer’s vibrant collection. For her design, Kandalec mimicked the effect of fabric ribbon by painting imperfect swipes of color along the top and bottom of the nails. To achieve the abstract look, Kandalec used three Essie shades: Allure, Between the Seats and Fifth Avenue.
The Trend: Team Spirit
The Monse show look more like a college sporting event than a fashion runway. From track pants to oversized sequin basketball jerseys, the collection gave off serious sporty vibes with athletic-inspired nail art to match. Nail artist Rita Remark crafted negative space designs topped with white stripes and the “M” logo on models’ thumbnails to mimic the look of the classic letterman jacket. For her creations, Remark used Essie Blanc, Really Red and Allure.