The New Nail Trend You're Gonna Love

by Erin Mayer

Day one of New York Fashion Week got me pumped about nails, and I'm not normally one to perk up at the sight of polish. For on-trend nail inspo, look no further than cool-girl brand Creatures of Comfort's S/S 2015 presentation, where ZOYA's Alicia Torello sent models down the runway sporting "The Midi," an original twist on the currently trending negative space manicure.

Like your fingertips' answer the the "undone" makeup that's so hot right now, the negative space manicure involves deliberately leaving a stripe of nail unpainted, usually the space above the cuticle. The resulting effect is of the "I'm so cool I don't even bother to paint my entire nail" variety. Messy chic, only not messy at all.

To get the "midi" effect for Creatures of Comfort, Torello used two colors and created a floating, polish-free line in the center. ZOYA creative director Rebecca Isa designed two color schemes to compliment the collection: a coppery look achieved with two coats of "Penny" polish hugging the line of the cuticle and two coats of "Flowie" for the top of the nail; and a nude palate using "Tomoko" at the base and "Farah" above. Perfect for a collection described by as "chicly practical" but "not-too-polished."

Erin Mayer

The best part? There's no need to wait for Spring 2015! You can easily re-create this effect at home using polish you already own. What are you waiting for? Get that midi man on!

Images: creaturesofcomfort/Instagram, Erin Mayer, aliciatnails/Instagram