The first week of July marked the Paris fall 2012 Haute Couture runway shows. Like any true couture season it was amazing and shocking trends appeared. From Maison Martin Margiela’s crystal-encrusted face masks to the much-anticipated and successful debut of Raf Simon’s Christian Dior collection, they didn't disappoint.
However, perhaps the most interesting development from the couture runways was that Chanel embraced the trend of nail art. Chanel’s Le Vernis Nail Lacquer colors are the most highly anticipated beauty product each season. Remember last year’s Peridot, which became an instant classic and sparked countless look-a-likes? Chanel's newly released trio of fall nail colors named Vertigo, Frenzy and Suspicious (after Alfred Hitchcock movies) were noticeably absent from the couture runway. Instead, last season’s May nail lacquer appeared as the base for the nail art. Then in a surprising twist, Chanel’s discontinued 2007 Chrome nail lacquer was traced along the cuticle and then up around the side of the nail. In true Chanel fashion the nail art was sleek and sophisticated.
Not all of us have the dexterity or patience to achieve the perfect nail art creation, which is why I love this week’s Fashionista’s take on the trend. Rather than spend hours in the nail salon, this Fashionista opted for Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Girl Flower, which requires no dry time at all. Simply prep nails, peel strips, press onto nails and voila: perfect nail art! Sephora by OPI has a similar product named Trend Tips, which even feature designs by none other than Betsey Johnson.
However, if you prefer good old-fashioned nail art try, taking a look at CND’s nail art gallery, which is filled with ideas for any and every style! One of my favorite nail art trends this summer are Aztec-inspired geometric patterns. Free People and Refinery 29 teamed up to release this great tutorial video for anyone brave enough to try this trend at home! What are your favorite patterns and colors for nail art this summer?
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