Unlike the nearly-naked manis of years past, bold, edgy and sleek nail art looks commanded attention during Spring/Summer 2018 New York Fashion Week. Backstage manicurists put their creativity on full display, crafting spotlight-stealing styles that served as more than just a continuation of designers’ collections. Check out our favorite tip trends from the runway.
The Trend: Dipped in Glitter
Spotted at: Jeremy Scott, Tom Ford and Anna Sui
Glitter usually makes an appearance on a couple of the Fashion Week runways, but this year offered an array of shimmer-packed looks for every type of tip style. Nails at Anna Sui embodied understated elegance, featuring a nude base topped with a few flecks of glitter, while the rose gold glitter ombre digits at Tom Ford were the epitome of drama. But no one ventured outside the box quite like nail artist Miss Pop at Jeremy Scott, who, after varnishing models’ tips with electric CND hues, painted models’ fingers with silver glitter.
The Trend: Mind Your French
Spotted at: Opening Ceremony, Novis and Alice + Olivia
Nail artists gave the go-to salon style a modern update with bold hues and unique designs along the free edge. A single stroke of emerald green polish looked edgy yet playful at Alice + Olivia, while cobalt blue cutouts added interest to sheer nude tips at Novis. At Opening Ceremony, nail artist Naomi Yasuda created a checkered French using two Lechat shades.
The Trend: Another Dimension
Spotted at: Philipp Plein, Libertine and Naeem Khan
From delicate Swarovski crystals to over-the-top tassels, beads and baubles, 3-D embellishments were a leading trend on the runway. At Naeem Khan, manicurist Gina Edwards used KISS nail jewels to add a touch of bling to an icy blue shade, while chunky gems gave major drama to models’ tips at Philipp Plein. But Fashion Week revolutionary CND took home top marks at Libertine with sky-high, punk rock-inspired styles boasting of safety pins, spikes and miniature skulls.