Paris Fall 2011 Couture Beauty: The Manicures

Obviously couture is all about the clothes. However, many designers also get pretty fanciful with hair and makeup, too, which makes the whole package really fun to watch. That's not the case with manicures so far this couture season. The shows are only half over, but so far manis have been fairly sedate.
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Obviously couture is all about the clothes. However, many designers also get pretty fanciful with hair and makeup, too, which makes the whole package really fun to watch. That's not the case with manicures so far this couture season. The shows are only half over, but so far manis have been fairly sedate.
Clockwise from top L: Alexandre Vauthier, Alexis Mabille, Dior, Giambattista Valli, Margiela, Chanel, Stephane Rolland, Armani Prive, Bouchra Jarrar (center)

Clockwise from top L: Alexandre Vauthier, Alexis Mabille, Dior, Giambattista Valli, Margiela, Chanel, Stephane Rolland, Armani Prive, Bouchra Jarrar (center)

Obviously couture is all about the clothes. However, many designers also get pretty fanciful with hair and makeup, too, which makes the whole package really fun to watch. That's not the case with manicures so far this couture season. The shows are only half over, but so far manis have been fairly sedate.

Continuing the trend we saw on the Fall RTW runways, nude is going to be popular for fall. If this is sort of depressing to you, don't worry. On the other end of the spectrum, really deep colors got some play. Chanel used a creamy navy blue and Alexis Mabille went for a spectrum, showing glossy pine green and eggplant, and ending with black. Dior, whose show was obviously an outlier for many reasons, went pastel with mint green.

And for those days when you can't be bothered with a mani but don't want your 10-day-old chipped polish to show? Don some fingertip gloves a la Stephane Rolland.

*Photos: Imaxtree