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51 Spring Nail Art Ideas to Rock Off the Runway

May 24 2015 - 9:00am

Whether it's bold nail art or a simple neutral, there isn't a talon that heads down the runway untouched. These snapshots from New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 capture this season's hottest manicure looks (wild nail art included!) that you'll want to try out ASAP. Make sure you have a stain-free nail canvas [1] to work on, and then keep reading to discover your new nail inspiration.

Source: IMAXTREE / MatteoScarpellini/almaphotos.net [2]

Delpozo Spring 2015

Bold coral negative-space half-moon manicures created using Essie Tart Deco [3] ($9) complemented the colorful collection at Delpozo.

The Blonds

At The Blonds, models hit the runway in wild nail art designed by CND that included chains, lettering, flowers, and other 3D elements. To go with the "gangsta genie" collection, nails incorporated themes of travel, religious symbolism, Indian jewelry, and chola references. Nails were squared off for a modern West Coast feel.

Erin Fetherston

The clean white manicure with a single gold strip (created by manicurist Gina Edwards for Kiss and Broadway Nails) contrasted the ladylike collection at Erin Fetherston.

Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2015

At Bibhu Mohapatra, lead manicurist Gina Edwards for Kiss & Broadway Nails created linear nail art that matched the bold prints featured in the collection.

Betsey Johnson

The embellished 3D manicures at Betsey Johnson put an over-the-top spin on bridal nails. The look was done by Danielle Candido for Morgan Taylor Lacquer.


The cuticle-only style was created by Sally Hansen manicurist Tracylee by painting the entire nail and removing the polish.

Zang Toi Spring 2015

At Zang Toi, models sported a nontraditional french manicure that featured deep purple and light lavender.

Zac Posen Spring 2015

Bold red nails matched the models' bright lips at Zac Posen.

ICB by Prabal Gurung Spring 2015

Butter London's Katie Jane Hughes created a half-brushed nude and gray nail.

Sophie Theallet Spring 2015

This negative-space double-french-tipped manicure using Essie Fiji [4] ($9) and Turquoise and Caicos [5] ($9) was inspired by the show's island vibe.

Jenny Packham Spring 2015

The models on the Jenny Packham runway sported bold red-orange nails that channeled Marilyn Monroe.

Baja East Spring 2015

Models at Baja East wore nails painted a marbled gray with a bold white line.

Veronica Beard Spring 2015

The bold coral-colored nails at Veronica Beard were inspired by the bright-hued collection.

Dion Lee Spring 2015

Models sported nude nails with a vertical silver stripe of OPI's My Signature Is DC [6] ($10) at the Dion Lee show.

Karen Walker Spring 2015

Models walked the runway in green nails painted by Jin Soon Choi and inspired by Karen Walker's garden-themed runway.

Lela Rose Spring 2015

At Lela Rose, Katie Jane Hughes created a nude nail using a Butter London nude base and completed the look with a diamond embellishment.

Alice + Olivia Spring 2015

Bright peach- and pink-hued nails matched the colors throughout the collection.

Libertine Spring 2015

At Libertine, some models featured bright and colorful 3D nail art that spelled out the brand's name. Others got little skull and skeleton designs with moving parts (including a rib cage that opened to reveal a heart).

Angel Sanchez Spring 2015

The geometric blue and gray manicure at Angel Sanchez was created by Gina Edwards for Morgan Taylor and was meant to juxtapose the soft feminine pieces in the collection.

Tracy Reese Spring 2015

Models at Tracy Reese sported marbled nails in natural colors like tan and taupe.

Nanette Lepore Spring 2015

The pale blue and white gradient manicure created by Julie Kandalec for Essie is meant to evoke the way seawater washes on the shore.

Nonoo Spring 2015

Stark white nails with an unpainted stripe down the middle was the look of choice on the Nonoo runway.

Prabal Gurung Spring 2015

Models sported wispy stripes on their nails as they prepared to take the runway.

Carolina Herrera Spring 2015

At Carolina Herrera, the models sported classic beauty looks that included romantic red nails created by Michelle Saunders using Essie A List [7] ($9).

A Détacher Spring 2015

Bold orange nails paired with shining face stars made for an unexpected look at A Détacher.

Wes Gordon Spring 2015

Inspired by the look of linen against the skin, Rita Remark for Essie created muted white nail art for Wes Gordon's collection.

Carmen Marc Valvo Spring 2015

In honor of designer Carmen Marc Valvo's silver anniversary, Gina Edwards created an edgy silver and black manicure using Morgan Taylor nail polish.

Tibi Spring 2015

The graphic nail art at Tibi was created by Jin Soon Choi using Georgette — a nude color — as the base and Chamonix to finish the look.

Alon Livne Spring 2015

Holly Falcone for Kiss and Broadway Nails created the futuristic silver-tipped french manicure at the Alon Livne show.

Kate Spade New York Spring 2015

At Kate Spade New York, models sported simple nail art created by Deborah Lippmann; Amazing Grace [8] ($18), a creamy white, served as the base and was topped with a line of Fade to Black [9]($18) applied with a striping brush.

Zimmermann Spring 2015

A model showed off a metallic, graphic negative-space look, created by using Zoya Ziv [10] ($9) before the show.

Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2015

These watercolor nails by Essie at Rebecca Minkoff [11] had a tie-dye, surfer-chic vibe.

Photo courtesy of Essie [12]

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015

The "lucite" effect on the digits at Monique Lhuillier came from Morgan Taylor polish sponged in a subtle pink ombré onto each nail.

Cushnie et Ochs Spring 2015

Glittering gold half-moons on top of nude polish beautifully complemented the jewelry at Cushnie et Ochs.

Houghton Spring 2015

Feminine yet edgy fingers were achieved at Houghton with the use of carefully placed crystals and a matte OPI topcoat.

Photo courtesy of OPI [13]

Jason Wu Spring 2015

The nude nails (by Deborah Lippmann for Lancome) at Jason Wu were perfectly in line with the minimalist collection.

Charlotte Ronson Spring 2015

Make your own alternating half-moon manicure like the nails at Charlotte Ronson with hole reinforcement stickers [14]. The mint shade (That's Hula-rious!) from OPI is currently so limited that only 10 bottles exist — just for the show.

Nicole Miller Spring 2015

The punchy coral nails by Butter London at Nicole Miller were inspired by a Brazilian beach vacation.

Photo courtesy of Butter London [15]

Tess Giberson

Jin Soon Choi painted Kookie White [16] ($18), a pale blue shade, on the models' nails at Tess Giberson.

Marissa Webb Spring 2015

Shimmering silver-tipped manicures coordinated with models' eye makeup at Marissa Webb.

Costello Tagliapietra Spring 2015

A pastel purple nail color popped against black clothing.

Honor Spring 2015

Models took the runway in bold blue nails with 3D pearls at Honor.

Creatures of Comfort Spring 2015

This negative-space nail art was created by Zoya using the neutral-toned colors Tomoko and Farah.

Creatures of the Wind Spring 2015

Sparkling silver polish added an edgy twist to a classic french manicure.

Desigual Spring 2015

Tropical nail art made a splash on the Desigual runway.

Ann Yee Spring 2015

The bold blue-and-white-striped nail wraps were designed by Ann Yee and created by Inni to complement the models' two-toned lips.

Nicholas K Spring 2015

Models sported dark nails with a hint of sparkle at Nicholas K.

Kye Spring 2015

Bold black-and-white nail art created a unique look at Kye.

BCBG Max Azria Spring 2015

Models took the runway in nude, natural nails — a perfect fit for the show's bohemian and breezy vibe.

Jay Godfrey Spring 2015

Cracked gold and white nails sparkled at the Jay Godfrey presentation.

Tadashi Shoji Spring 2015

Use a striping brush to achieve the metallic mesh pattern like the ones at Tadashi Shoji.

Photo courtesy of Butter London [17]

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