Manicurists Take Metallic Nails in Unexpected Directions at NYFW

Because nothing in runway beauty is allowed to be perfect or predictable these days.
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Because nothing in runway beauty is allowed to be perfect or predictable these days.
Surprise! Blue metallics are trending. Photo: Essie

Surprise! Blue metallics are trending. Photo: Essie

 As expected, we've been seeing a lot of nude nails backstage at NYFW for the fall 2015 shows, as well as the usual smattering of nail art. But the other mini-trend that's emerged? Metallic, slightly disrupted. 

Nails at Honor and Creatures of the Wind. Photos: Imaxtree & Cheryl Wischhover/Fashionista

Nails at Honor and Creatures of the Wind. Photos: Imaxtree & Cheryl Wischhover/Fashionista

According to Nonie Creme, the former founding creative director of Butter London (who's just launched a new nail polish line of her own), it's all about an "industrial, steel, cold" look, often dirtied up. Instead of a pristine, shiny Tiffany platinum wedding band, think a steel pipe in your basement. "Nothing bronzy, nothing with too much warmth, but cold, hard, tough metallics," Creme says. She used "Party Girl" from her new Colour Prevails line at the Honor show. 

At Creatures of the Wind, Butter London's Katie Jane Hughes continued the cold metal theme. She used Butter's "Diamond Geezer," then muddied it up with a matte top coat. While it seems counterintuitive to put matte on top of a metallic, it actually works. The metallic qualities still come through, but more muted. Hughes says, "It creates a texture. [Metallics] get more velvety."

Matte blue metallics at Marissa Webb and Charlotte Ronson. Photos: misspopnails Instagram

Matte blue metallics at Marissa Webb and Charlotte Ronson. Photos: misspopnails Instagram

At four other shows, the metallic trend took a completely unexpected direction: blue, although the matte top coat trend continued, almost singlehandedly thanks to manicurist Miss Pop. At Charlotte Ronson, she used OPI's "Ink" on the whole nail, then a matte top coat just on the upper half, for a cool look that I definitely plan to try out this weekend. At Marissa Webb, she useded OPI's navy metallic "Light My Sapphire," covered it with a matte top coat, and left a small negative space strip for good measure. 

Shiny blue at Karen Walker and Costello Tagliapietra. Photos: Jin Soon & Essie

Shiny blue at Karen Walker and Costello Tagliapietra. Photos: Jin Soon & Essie

Then there were the shows where the blue metallic shade was literally allowed to shine. At Costello Tagliapietra, Julie Kandalec used Essie's "Aruba Blue" with a glossy top coat. At Karen Walker, whose collection theme was "Sapphire and Steel," Jin Soon Choi used "Heirloom" from her own line, a blue metallic that skews turquoise.

Inspired to try these space age looks now? I highly recommend Essie's "No Place Like Chrome," aka the color that gets the distinction of being the only nail polish bottle I've ever finished completely.