Every season we look forward to seeing what kind of quirky magic Deborah Lippmann will work on the nails at Kate Spade. The two brands, who’ve been collaborating for a few years now, are a beauty dream team. And for spring 2014, Lippmann really outdid herself, debuting both a brand new nail shape and a new polish texture.
According to Lippmann, the shape is somewhere between an almond and a stiletto. She called it a “natural stiletto.” (I suggested that she call it an “almetto,” so stand by to see if that catches on.)
The colors are newsworthy, too. Yes, we’ve seen nail art. But this particular example involves three different nail polish finishes, one of which almost defies description. The white shade, called “Pseudo Silk Kimono” is one of three new polishes debuting in November–they have a “matteen” finish. Lippmann described it thusly, “It looks matte but with a shimmery layer underneath.” Think half-matte. It’s a pretty sophisticated texture that looks less grungey than full-on matte.
The nail art itself was inspired by the famous Kate Spade cap toe shoe (and for the next time you’re playing “Nail Polish Trivial Pursuit,” this is the second season in a row the nails were inspired by the shoes). A thin, glossy, colored line separated the shiny metallic tip from the matteen white. Speaking of which, Lippmann offered up a pretty ingenious DIY striping tip: Rather than trying to paint a line on, simply plant your brush hand on the table, then hold your brush parallel to the table, and simply roll your finger along the end of the brush, while keeping your brush hand steady. It’s a brilliant technique, especially when you need to paint with your non-dominant hand.
So will you try matteen almetto nails?
Photos: Cheryl Wischhover