It’s Not the Clothes You Should Look at on the Libertine Runway — It’s the Nail Art
The talented team of nail techs behind CND seem to never run out of inspiration — or energy. They're known for spending hundreds of hours on intricate designs built out of thin air and acrylic powder. And for this season's Libertine show, they outdid themselves yet again.
According to CND's co-founder and style director Jan Arnold, over 400 hours went into the Fall 2017 designs, and that dedication is mirrored in the fine detail of each nail. (No two models wear the same set!)
This is CND's sixth season working with Libertine and its designer Johnson Hartig. Arnold explained that 50 different nails are initially created before the team settles on the final designs and theme. For this Fall, the nails have a global source of inspiration.
"Johnson [Hartig, Libertine designer] was so inspired by the Romanian Gypsy," explained Arnold. "When you think of the Romanian Gypsy, she was sort of the original upcycler . . . merging clashing fabrics and textures together, and it just works effortlessly." As a result, each model flaunted nails with hand-painted roses as well as embellished talons, including "gypsy chains" which all women wore on one finger.
The needlepoint work of Uzbekistani village women was another influence on the finished look. This prompted "shag rug" nails (which featured threads woven and knotted into the talon, then trimmed) and "Bob Marley" nails (a nod to dreadlock-like fringe). Vivid colors, feathers, and beads added more excitement to each hand.
Read on to see how all these incredible concepts and designs melded into one fabulous manicure at Libertine Fall 2017.