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See 88 Global Fashion Week Manicures Up Close

Mar 8 2012 - 3:03pm

Fashion Week is the source for tons of amazing nail art and gorgeous polish ideas, and the Fall 2012 shows were idea gold. Sushi nails, ombré glitter manicures, fishnet-stocking French tips, crushed glass: this season had it all, and now you can, too. Here's the scoop on the hottest manicures from Paris, Milan, London, and New York.

Manish Arora

Manish Arora matched his models' crimson lips to their glossy red nails.


At Blugirl, nails were a sheer but shiny pink hue that coordinated perfectly with the line's color palette.

Vivienne Westwood Gold Label

Models wore custom hologram Minx manicures at Vivienne Westwood Gold Label.

Source: Philippe Ardouin

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo sent models out in this lovely aubergine shade, which looked great with the teals and silvers that dominated the season's palette.

Julien David

Classic ruby polish on nails at Julien David.

Antonio Marras

Burgundy nails made for a beautiful contrast against gold embroidery at Antonio Marras.

Guy Laroche

Nearly-natural nails at Guy Laroche looked healthy and sweet.

Philipp Plein

Philipp Plein went with a glossy creme red polish that complemented his metallic bags nicely.

Bottega Veneta

The nails at Bottega Veneta were short and subtle, never distracting from the line's iconic handbags.


With all the attention-grabbing clutches and rings at Missoni, it makes sense that the manicures were soft and translucent.

Rachel Roy

The blackened malachite shade at Rachel Roy was achieved by layering two Essie nail polishes, Licorice and Going Incognito.

Source: Essie [1]

Rachel Roy

Meanwhile, the dark purple shade was achieved with two coats of Essie Carry On nail polish.


Poppy red nails stood out against all the accessories at Moschino.


Long, dark, and eternally sexy at Valentino.

Elie Saab

Elie Saab was dramatic in black this season, and the stony gray polish gave the overall look even more of an edge.

Viktor & Rolf

This subtle lilac greige polish kept the look at Viktor & Rolf cool-toned and a little unexpected.


At Nahm, nails had a base coat of CND polish in Desert Suede, then got lightened up with thin coats of Marshmallow Rose polish and topped with CND Super Matte topcoat.

Source: CND [2]


Versus sent out monochrome nails edged in white.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Long, textured silver talons set off the statement rings at Jean Paul Gaultier.


More bright red at Sportmax, where the color was used to give heavy navy accessories a lift.

Rachel Antonoff

The showstopping "Flirty Flower" nails at Rachel Antonoff were created with two coats of CND polish in Flashpoint as a base, then hand detailed using CND Brilliant White and Anchor Blue.

Source: CND [3]

Rachel Antonoff

At Rachel Antonoff, the "Starry Night" manicure used two coats of CND polish in Midnight Sapphire with a sponged overlay of Eclectic Purple and Studio White, followed by a coat of CND Effects in Sapphire Sparkle.

Source: CND [4]

Jeremy Laing

The textured, coffee-hued nails at Jeremy Laing were messy and experimental.

Vivienne Westwood Red Label

For this show, Vivienne Westwood asked Minx co-founders Janice Jordan and Dawn Lynch-Goodwin to make nails that had the look and feel of the surface of a skateboard. The result is called the ‘Touch Me, Feel Me’ Minx.

Source: Becky Maynes

Vivienne Westwood Red Label

Models wore skater punk-inspired hand makeup as well.

Source: Becky Maynes

Christian Cota

The "Terra Cotta" ombre-effect manicure was created with CND polishes in Chocolate Milk and Putty and then softened with CND Super Matte top coat to combine the two colors while still wet.

Source: CND [5]

Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott’s shows are always whimsical, and to complement models’ blue lips (courtesy of MAC) Dashing Diva Pro Manicurist Pattie Yankee used the brand’s Nail Bliss Bling’s Rainbow appliqués.

Source: Dashing Diva/Anne Lawlor [6]


At Dior, this muted maroon made appearances on nails and accessories, too.

Fred Butler

Perhaps the most exciting nails at any Fashion Week show of the last few seasons, Fred Butler commissioned Minx to create "Bento Box" nails full of faux sushi.

Source: Mark Molloy

Fred Butler

Here's a closeup of all the sushi before it went on nails, from the stacks of "cucumbers" to the fanned-out tails on the fish.

Source: Marian Newman

Fred Butler

Some of the nails were even decorated with tiny 3D "roe".

Source: Mark Molloy

Fred Butler

Some models got the entire bento lunch, while others just got "ingredients" done up as if laid out to be assembled into snacks.

Source: Hollie Wakeham

Badgley Mischka

At Badgley Mischka, Deborah Lippmann polished up models’ nails with Dark Side of the Moon, a deep aubergine, and then tipped them with Nefertiti, a golden frost.

Photo: Megan Holmes [7]

David Koma

The David Koma show was inspired by greyhounds, so nail artist Marian Newman wanted to create a look that was, in her words, "regal, chic, proud, bold, and strong."

Source: Becky Maynes

David Koma

For the Minx itself, Marian decided to take the collection's jacquard print and use it to create "frames" for the centers of nails.

Source: Becky Maynes

David Koma

Each of the models had a few nails that were detailed with the collection's "greyhound" pattern as well.

Source: Becky Maynes


For Marchesa's softer, more shimmery look, models wore Deborah Lippmann polish in Baby Love with Stairway to Heaven layered on top.

Source: Deborah Lippmann [8]


For these burgundy nails at Marchesa, Deborah Lippmann used her polish in Single Ladies.

Source: Deborah Lippmann [9]

The Blonds

CND nail artist Kristina Estabrooks and her team spent over 130 hours hand detailing “biker babe” manicures for The Blonds. No two sets of nails were the same, and the team used everything from crystals and glitter to leather and crushed glass shards in their designs.

Source: CND [10]

The Blonds

A crushed glass ombré manicure at The Blonds.

Source: CND [11]

The Blonds

The leather nails at The Blonds.

Source: CND [12]

The Blonds

Tattoo nails at The Blonds.

Source: CND [13]

The Blonds

Gold nails at The Blonds.

Source: CND [14]

The Blonds

Python nails at The Blonds.

Source: CND [15]

Kohls Launch Rock and Republic

The ombré nails at Rock and Republic had a base of black polish, Dashing Diva Limo Service, that shaded up to Dashing Diva Penthouse Views, an opaque gray/silver shimmer.

Source: Dashing Diva/Anne Lawlor [16]

Donna Karan

At Donna Karan, Deborah Lippmann created a twist on the traditional French manicure with her Fashion polish as a base and Single Ladies on the tips.

Source: Deborah Lippmann [17]

Alexandre Herchcovitch

The “Midas Touch” manicure at Alexandre Herchcovitch was created using CND polish in Gold Chrome topped with their Air Dry topcoat.

Source: CND [18]

Bill Blass

At Bill Blass, Deborah Lippmann created a reverse French manicure with Single Ladies on nail beds and a new, as yet unrevealed dusty neutral shade across tips.

Source: Deborah Lippmann [19]

Cushnie Et Ochs

Models at Cushnie Et Ochs wore Dashing Diva NYPD Blue polish.

Source: Dashing Diva/Anne Lawlor [20]

St. John

For the Old Hollywood feel of St. John, nail artists applied a custom blend of Dashing Diva Stock Exchange (a crème burgundy) over their opaque burgundy Dark PR polish.

Source: Dashing Diva/Anne Lawlor [21]


At Milly, models wore two coats of CND nail polish in Midnight Sapphire.

Source: CND [22]


The bright white polish at Tibi was Dashing Diva NYC Fleet Week.

Source: Dashing Diva/Anne Lawlor [23]

Lauren Moffatt

Lauren Moffatt's models bucked the trend in bright red polish.

Pamela Love

At Pamela Love, nail artists used thin layers of Essie polish in Little Brown Dress to create an ombré effect, then gave the manicure a little glitz with its As Gold As It Gets topcoat.

Source: Essie [24]

Nicole Miller

To create the swirl manicure from Nicole Miller, start with a base of CND polish in Plumville, then use a toothpick or eyeliner brush to swirl over the top with Electric Orange, Bicycle Yellow, and Anchor Blue.

Source: CND [25]

Joy Cioci

Instead of using a polish to tip nails, the CND nail team at Joy Cioci cut pieces of net overlay to fit.

Source: CND [26]

Creatures of the Wind

To create the muted green shade at Creatures of the Wind, nail techs applied two coats of Essie Sew Psyched topped off with a single coat of its Mint Candy Apple polish.

Source: Essie [27]


For Rodarte, Deborah Lippmann created a manicure that incorporated two coats of No More Drama, a caramel shade with gold shimmer, finished off with Flat Top matte topcoat to tone down the glitz.


Paris-based brand Calla used custom-designed Minx nail appliques to coordinate their manicures and their fabrics.

Source: Calla

Karen Walker

The "Deep Sea" navy nails at Karen Walker were courtesy of CND polish in Midnight Sapphire topped with its Super Shiney topcoat.

Source: CND [28]

Kate Spade

The unevenly sized polka dots on the monochrome manicures at Kate Spade gave nails a polished but whimsical feel.


The beautiful sheer pink on nails at Theory was surprisingly simple: just CND polish in Marshmallow Rose.

Source: CND [29]


A black-tipped take on the classic French manicure at Thakoon.

Naeem Khan

At Naeem Khan, models wore CND polish in Bloodline.

Source: CND [30]

3.1 Phillip Lim

The manicure at 3.1 Phillip Lim was designed to have a "shadowed, crescent moon effect," according to the Essie team. To do it, they started with a coat of Licorice polish, then topped it with a thin stripe of Chinchilly, and highlighted the sides with Blanc.

Source: Essie [31]

Daniella Kallmeyer

Designer Daniella Kallmeyer actually gave Minx cofounder and designer Janice Jordan a photo of an oil slick to inspire her custom-made appliques.

Source: Becky Yee


The nails at L.A.M.B. managed to take advantage of the season's two big manicure trends, nearly bare and almost black, at the same time.

Yigal Azrouel

Models at Yigal Azrouel got pinot-noir-hued manicures (and check out the nail artist's gorgeous manicure, too!).

VPL by Victoria Bartlett

At VPL by Victoria Bartlett, nails got their goldenrod hue with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics nail polish.

Correll Correll

At Correll Correll, CND nail artists used their polishes in Inkwell and Raisin in the Sun to create deep, moody plum nails.

Wes Gordon

At Wes Gordon, CND nail artists used the brand's polishes in Inkwell, Eclectic Purple, and BlackJack with Super Matte top coat to create midnight-blue nails. The designer called the custom color "Amaranthine Noir."

Source: CND [32]

M. Patmos

At M. Patmos, models had creamy neutral nails created with CND polish in Silver Chrome topped with two coats of semisheer CND polish in either Putty or Desert Suede.

Source: CND [33]

Monique Lhuillier

The "Velvet Manicure" from Monique Lhuillier was a simple combination of CND polish in Putty and Super Matte topcoat.

Source: CND [34]

Yuna Yang

Chocolate aubergine nails coordinated beautifully with the fabrics at Yuna Yang.

Jenny Packham

The cherry chocolate nails at Jenny Packham started off with two coats of Essie nail polish in Wicked, and then got a hint of added brightness with a coat of the brand’s Cherry Pop polish.

Source: Essie [35]

Behnaz Sarafpour

The "Mercury Manis" at Behnaz Sarafpour used high shine gold and metallic accents. These tips were created with CND polish in Gold Chrome and Silver Chrome, but your results may not be the same at home. CND says this works best over a high-tech clear enhancement.

Source: CND [36]

Behnaz Sarafpour

The full-coverage version of the "Mercury Manis" at Behnaz Sarafpour.

Source: CND [37]

Jen Kao

The patent off-black manicure at Jen Kao was a combination of CND Blackjack and Oilslick nail polishes.

Source: CND [38]


At DKNY, nails got a shiny neutral polish job with two coats of Essie Brooch the Subject topped with the brand's Good To Go topcoat.

Source: Essie [39]


Models at BCBG walked the runways with nearly nude nails in OPI Passion.

Costello Tagliapietra

The fetching espresso-plum hue at Costello Tagliapietra was the result of mixing Essie Bordeaux and Carry On, then layering Little Brown Dress on top.

Richard Chai Love

At Richard Chai Love, models wore Essie Glamour Purse, an almond taupe.


Honor's nails had a softly shimmery, sheer polish that gave nails a hint of unexpected texture.


At Libertine, putty-colored nails matched the gritty ambiance of the show.


At Odilon, models' nails got decked out in solid red Minx coatings to avoid smudged polish and long dry times.

Source: Douglas Harrison Neill

Catherine Malandrino

At Catherine Malandrino, models got this "Plum Cherry" manicure with CND polishes in Plumville and Dark Ruby topped with two layers of high shine CND Air Dry top coat.

Source: CND [40]

Geoffrey Mac

Basic black nails at the Geoffrey Mac show.

Tory Burch

The simple but pretty pink at Tory Burch was just two coats of Essie Mademoiselle polish.

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