11 Runway Manicures from Fashion Week Fall 2014

Nails were subtler than usual on the Fall 2014 runways. It's likely that the fashion industry is experiencing the exhaustion with nail art that the rest of the world suffers from. Whatever the cause, any decoration on the nail usually came in the form of embellishments on the tip or the half-moon, nada más. And while many of the manicures were trimmed short and squared off, as we've come to expect from a Proper Mani, there were a few long-clawed looks that kind of thrilled us — inspired, perhaps, by the Jenner sisters' penchant for claws?

Concept Korea

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This nail length, somewhere between demurely trimmed and Kardashian-ly long, is really flattering on fingers. Like a high heel for your hand.

Prabal Gurung

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Prabal Gurung debuted a tweed-inspired manicure. Thankfully, the nubby imperfection of actual tweed means you can approximate the look yourself without much trouble by drawing thin vertical and horizontal lines over a topcoat.

Cushnie Et Ochs

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These holographic sparklers were like hallucinatory knives.

Peter Som

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One of the prettiest looks on the runway was Peter Som’s glossy, gilded, reverse French manicure.

Nicholas K

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Nicholas K’s long, matte claws were a terrifying answer to the age-old question: “Will anyone take me seriously if I paint my nails?”

Azede Jean-Pierre

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…for those who can’t decide which end of their nails they’d like to emphasize.


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There’s something almost edible about extra-glossy dark red nails. Plums, grapes, red wine, Little Red Riding Hood eating the wolf…

Osman, LFW

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This dark blue manicure, which faded into black at the tip, gave the illusion that the nail was actually disappearing.

Creatures of the Wind, NYFW

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At Creatures of the Wind, manicures approximated the texture of marble with nude and gold swirls.

Antonio Berardi

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Dark green eyeliner matched dark green nails matched some serious Joan Jett attitude at Antonio Berardi.

Tadashi Shoji

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Subtle stripes of gold at Tadashi Shoji eliminated any need for rings.

Massimo Rebecchi

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We’ve seen a million extra-pale gray manicures, but they look fresh every time.