Fashion Week claims to be geared towards sartorial innovation, but just as much creativity takes root in backstage beauty. For Fall 2015, nail art is the name of the game, with shades as vivid as a statement red Tom Ford lipstick and patterns as rich as a Mary Katrantzou print. This season, your tips will tell the story as much as your clothing. Read on for the best nail art behind the scenes at Fall 2015 Fashion Week, and be prepared for major cosmetic inspiration.
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Creatures Of The Wind Fall 2015
To create the matte metallic nails at Creatures Of The Wind, Katie Jane Hughes of butter LONDON varnished tips with two coats of butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Diamond Geezer, followed by a thin layer of butter LONDON Matte Finish Top coat to achieve the desired effect.
Tadashi Shoji Fall 2015
Using a combination of butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds and Full Monty, nail artists created this beautifully blended look at Tadashi Shoji.
Kaelen Fall 2015
Kaelen’s Twin Peaks-inspired style lent itself beautifully to a modern mauve and white chevron design. Manicurist Gina Edwards crafted the look by pressing KISS 100-Count Nail Covers in Active Oval onto each nail, then painting a mauve shade over KISS’s Design Perfection chevron pattern.
Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2015
To achieve the rich, dynamic nail pattern on Rebecca Minkoff’s Patti Smith-themed runway, Michelle Saunders layered a base coat of Essie’s pastel pink Mademoiselle, followed by a stripe each of Berry Naughty and Midnight Cami.
Opening Ceremony Fall 2015
To create the diverse array of nail looks at Opening Ceremony, manicurist and nail art pro Naomi Yasuda utilized VINYLUX Weekly Polish to evoke the classic filmic style of Spike Jonze.
Desigual Fall 2015
Multifaceted, ultra-modern paint-splashed tips adorned models at Desigual, where nails were coated in a cocktail of MAC Studio Nail Lacquers in Before Dawn, Quiet Time, and Vestral White to create a semi-neutral canvas before being streaked with MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Nocturnelle, Sparkle Dust, and Vestral White.
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Rachel Antonoff Fall 2015
Cheeky pearly whites with glittering braces were painted onto the nails of models backstage at Rachel Antonoff.
Novis Fall 2015
Novis’s seafoam and white-infused collection was paired with nails polished in China Glaze hues to create the effect of oceanic waves.
Christian Siriano Fall 2015
Jamberry’s custom ombre nails in deep green and jet black accented Christian Siriano’s decadently printed line for Fall 2015.
Jenny Packham Fall 2015
Inspired by the natural beauty of a dew drop, celebrity manicurist Michelle Saunders utilized Essie nail polish to achieve a minimalist yet utterly eye-catching look at Jenny Packham’s Fall 2015 presentation. After priming nails with a layer of base coat, Saunders painted tips with two layers of Essie polish in Adore-a-Ball, and completed the look with flecks of Essie polish in Tarte Deco and Summit of Style.
Sophie Theallet Fall 2015
Nail artist Julie Kandalec channeled the bohemian spirit and rich hues of gypsy tradition for Sophie Theallet’s Fall 2015 runway by creating a base of vivid violet on models’ tips using Essie’s polish in Big Spender, followed by interspersed stripes and dots of Essie polish in Bahama Mama.
Badgley Mischka Fall 2015
Luxury prevailed on the Badgley Mischka Fall 2015 runway, where Deborah Lippmann manicured nails in a combination of shimmering golden polish and Swarovski Crystals.
Alice + Olivia Fall 2015
Nails Inc Lead Technician Sophie Marques took tips in a glamorous direction at Alice + Olivia’s Fall 2015 presentation, creating a daringly dark foundation with Nails Inc polish in Grosvenor Crescent and polishing off the ’70s-inspired look with a coat of shimmering golden Nails Inc polish in Belgrave Square.
Wes Gordon Fall 2015
Rita Remark painted models’ tips with slate grey and purple shades by Essie for Wes Gordon’s Fall 2015 show.
Milly Fall 2015
Sponsored by Beauty.com, Milly’s Fall 2015 manicure was simple but utterly elegant, featuring coats of Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Lacquer in Mr. Right.
Delpozo Fall 2015
Subtly gilded manicures set off the looks at Delpozo’s Fall 2015 runway, where manicurist Julie Kandalec prepped nails with Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat, followed by a layer of Matte About You. Kandalec lent eye-catching sparkle to the manicure by adding a thin band of Essie polish in Good As Gold across each nail followed by stipples of sparkle-infused Rock At The Top.
Cushnie Et Ochs Fall 2015
Navy and forest green squares adorned nude nails at Cushnie et Ochs, where nail artists painted tips with a selection of Christian Louboutin polish.
Bibhu Mohapatra Fall 2015
Nail artist Gina Edwards utilized Kiss Products to create the painterly nails on display at Bibhu Mohapatra, first applying Kiss’s imPRESS Press-On Manicure in Text Appeal, which she accented with light, white brush strokes on the thumb and petite pearls on each other finger.
Zero + Maria Cornejo Fall 2015
Nude and black nails created with Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer accented the looks at Zero + Maria Cornejo.
Tibi Fall 2015
Tibi labeled the thickly french manicured nails on the brand’s Fall 2015 runway “snow tipped neutral”.
Naeem Khan Fall 2015
Naeem Khan’s exquisitely metallic, luxe tips were created using a pairing of Essie’s Jiggle High, Jiggle Low and Shifting Power.
Tanya Taylor Fall 2015
Who knew that metallic fishbones could be so chic? Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer was used to painstakingly paint nails with a silver bone design at Tanya Taylor.